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Jill Cowperthwaite

Director of marketing and external relations at the Gates Center


Jill Cowperthwaite was recently named director of marketing and external relations at the Gates Center.  A fourth-generation Coloradan, Jill arrives at the Center having spent  four years as director of development at History Colorado, where she helped promote the visibility of Colorado’s 133-year-old Historical Society and facilitate the construction of the new History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway.  Prior to this, she spent 15 years at St. Anne’s Episcopal School in Denver as associate director of development and alumni relations.  Jill, who received her BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont, spent several years in Paris following her graduation.  She then moved to Washington D.C., where she worked as a legislative assistant for Illinois Congressman John Porter for five years, dealing largely with health care legislation. 22 years ago she returned home to Colorado where she has delighted in being involved with the community.  She has served as a board member and president of the Parents’ Association at Graland Country Day School, the Middlebury College Rocky Mountain Chapter, the Kent Denver Alumni Association, and the University of Denver’s Humanities Institute; and as a board member of Jewish Family Service. 

Jill is thrilled—as she was at History Colorado—to be involved in something that holds such promise for our State. She is captivated by the work going on around her and all it might mean for the future of health care.  And she is particularly motivated by the fact that the Center was established in memory of Charles Gates, who was both the father of her “oldest” friend, Diane Gates Wallach, and one of the most impressive, visionary and warmhearted men she’s ever known.  So she looks very much forward to doing everything possible to support and encourage those around her and maximize the Center’s impact far beyond our Rocky Mountains. 

When not in her new Gates’ saddle, Jill loves to read, cook, exercise, write, sing and party.  She and her husband Charles Jones have two grown daughters, Carly (26) and Lucy (24).