David Dowall, MURP '74 | Appreciation Award
David Dowall, PhD is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and former Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at the University of California at Berkeley. A leading expert in domestic and international land management, housing policy, economic development strategy and infrastructure planning and finance, he has carried our policy research and designed technical and financial assistance strategies for cities and regions in more than 40 countries.
Dr. Dowall has spent over 20 years working with governments and nongovernmental organizations on neighborhood and urban development projects. Since 1988, he has been a senior consultant and advisor to The World Bank and has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, among others.
He has given testimony to the California governor and legislators on the state's infrastructure needs and was a visiting fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. His books include, The Suburban Squeeze, The Land Market Assessment, and The Warsaw Economy in Transition.
A 1974 graduate of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program in the College of Architecture and Planning, Dr. Dowall is a support of the college, returning to guest-lecture. He credits his CU Denver degree (and his PhD from CU Boulder) with helping him in his tremendously successful career.
Kevin Patterson, MPA and MURP '97 | Recognition Award
Kevin Patterson has a long and impressive history of public service in Colorado. In early 2015 he was named interim Chief Executive Officer for Colorado's Health Insurance Marketplace, working with Connect for Health Colorado to help more Coloradans get health insurance.
He had been serving as Chief Administrative Officer for Governor John Hickenlooper and as the interim Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. In that capacity, he serve the governor previously as an interim chief of staff, deputy chief of staff, and interim executive director of the Governor's Office of Information Technilogy as well as the Governor's Energy Office during leadership transitions.
Patterson began his public sector career as a seventh-grade English teacher in Houston, Texas. His Colorado experience began in the Office of former Governor Roy Romer. He worked for the City and County of Denver in the Budget Office, the Planning Department, as Deputy Manager for Human Services, and then as Manager of the Department of General Services. He ended his tenure with Denver as Manager of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Kevin was also elected to the Denver Board of Education in 2001 and 2005.
Patterson, who earned the dual Master of Public Administration/Master of Urban and Regional Planning from CU Denver's School of Public Affairs and the College of Architecture and Planning, credits his CU Denver courses in policy process with helping him prepare to work in a high-profile policy environment.