Richard Kaufman (Chair)
Richard Kaufman represents clients in environmental, business, securities, regulatory, employment and political cases. Mr. Kaufman's previous experience includes serving as a trial attorney for nine years with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver. On behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, he litigated the class-action lawsuit brought by landowners surrounding the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, which involved over 60 million pages of documents. Before joining the Department of Justice, he served seven years as Deputy Attorney General of the State of Colorado. Mr. Kaufman was appointed campaign manager for U.S. Representative Hank Brown (R- Colo.) when Mr. Brown first ran for Congress in 1980. After Brown's victory, Richard served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Brown in Washington, D.C., and was responsible for tax, budget, transportation and social security issues. This work including service on a House staff group specifically assigned the task of promoting President Reagan's 1981 tax cut. Mr. Kaufman is a veteran of the United States Air Force. Mr. Kaufman has been recognized as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Law and Politics and among Best Lawyers in America in Administrative Law. Mr. Kaufman was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2010 to complete a term. Mr. Kaufman is to serve through June 2016 as a Democrat representing the 6th Congressional District.
Patricia L. Pacey (Vice Chair)
Dr. Patricia Pacey is frequently called upon to assess economic issues for personal injury, employment termination, business litigation and antitrust matters, and to conduct studies for government agencies and corporations. She has previously been involved in telecommunications, cable television, public utilities and sports-markets industry studies. In more recent years, Dr. Pacey has been regularly retained by the Office of the State Auditor and the Colorado Legislative Council to provide performance audits and economic modeling projects. Dr. Pacey graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of Florida and went on to receive her Ph.D., also with honors, in economics from the same institution. She was an analyst for the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C., and an economics professor at the University of Colorado. Dr. Pacey is a member of national and regional economic associations. She has published articles in various economic and business journals. In addition, Dr. Pacey recently served on the Commission to Strengthen & Secure PERA, formed by the Colorado State Treasurer. Dr. Pacey was appointed by Gov. Ritter in July 2007 and will serve through June 2015 as a Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District. She resides in Boulder, Colorado.
Lone Tree, CO
Mr. Colon began his career in 1989 with Eli Lilly and Company as a chemical engineer, supporting day-to-day operations of chemical manufacturing plants and directing large renovations of manufacturing facilities. After completing his master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge (England) and his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School, Mr. Colon joined A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting firm. After serving as a corporate strategy and e-business consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he then became part of the executive management team at Source One Management.
In 2003, he joined Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's Cabinet as the Manager of the Department of General Services. His success in that position inspired him to start his own company, Colón Construction Services, a construction solutions company focusing on sustainable construction. He also managed the Western U.S. operations for the CSA Group, a full-service architectural and engineering project delivery company with headquarters in Miami, Florida. He is now part of Xcelente Global’s senior team, where he focuses on consulting with clients on international business strategy and logistics.
Mr. Colon received the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s 2000 Brillante Award, the organization’s highest award, and also received fellowships from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the William Davidson Institute, Astra-Zeneca, and Air Products and Chemicals. Mr. Colon was selected as one of the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award recipients and also received the prestigious Gates Family Foundation fellowship to attend the Harvard Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. He currently holds or has held seats on the Board of Trustees of both the Iliff School of Theology and Mesa State College, the Board of Directors of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (Past Chairman), the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation (Past Chair), the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Advisory Council of the Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, the Curious Theatre Company Board, the Denver Division of the March of Dimes, the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross, Teach for America-Colorado and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. He also serves on the Colorado Community Advisory board of U.S. Bank.
Mr. Colon was born and raised in Puerto Rico and he resides with his wife Toti and three children in Lone Tree. He was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2013 to serve through June 2017 as a Republican resident of the 4th Congressional District.
As a K-12 educator, Ms. Garcia has a wealth of experience. She spent six years as the dropout prevention coordinator at Keating Alternative High School; three years coordinating vocational education programs in partnership with Pueblo District 60, District 70 and Pueblo Community College; seven years as a business education teacher at Pueblo South High School and Aurora Central High School as well as 13 years as an elementary school principal in Pueblo District 60 and Harrison School District 2. Ms. Garcia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Southern Colorado, her Master’s Degree in Education from Lesley College and her administrative coursework from the University of Denver. She is a co-founder of Partners in Education and the Pueblo Homework Hotline and has served on the Board of Directors for the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation. She is currently on the Latino Advisory Committee for El Pomar’s ELD Program; Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Pueblo County; Board of Trustees for the Sangre De Cristo Arts and Conference Center; and Pueblo Community College’s Advisory Council/GOLD Panel. She is now employed by IntelliTec College of Pueblo as the Director of Career Services. Natives of Colorado, Ms. Garcia and her husband Patrick have a daughter who graduated from the School of Engineering at CSU-Fort Collins and CU Law School; a daughter who is a graduate of CSU-Pueblo with an elementary teaching degree; a son who graduated from the School of Business at CSU-Fort Collins; a son who is a pre-med student at CU Boulder; and one granddaughter. Ms. Garcia was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2011 to serve through June 2015 as a Democratic resident of the 3rd Congressional District.
Ms. Allegra “Happy” Haynes was elected in November 2011 to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education and prior to that served as the Chief Community Engagement Officer for the district for five and a half years. She is currently the Director of Civic and Community Engagement at CRL Associates, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. She is a Denver native and her nickname is derived from the Spanish translation of her first name, Allegra. She attended Denver Public Schools and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Barnard College at Columbia University and a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver. Within a career spanning 30 years in state and local government, Ms. Haynes served 13 years on the Denver City Council from 1990 – 2003 and was President from 1998 - 2000. Ms. Haynes was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2008 to complete a term. She was appointed to her first term in 2010 to serve through June 2014 as a Democratic resident of the 1st Congressional District.
Dr. Monte Moses
Monte Moses is an educational consultant and speaker. Prior to starting his private consulting firm, Dr. Moses was the Superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. Monte also served as a school administrator in Littleton, Colorado; Garland, Texas; and Casper, Wyoming; and he was a professor of education at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dr. Moses is the author of two books, and his articles on subjects pertaining to leadership and organizational improvement have appeared in numerous journals. His recent articles have been influential in shaping the debate about the federal No Child Left Behind Act and high school reform. Dr. Moses has received numerous awards including the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence, Administrator of the Year from the Association of Office Professionals, and National Superintendent of the Year in 2005 from the American Association of School Administrators. He has served on numerous panels and commissions at the state, national and international level. Some of these include the Colorado Race to the Top committee, the AVID Board of Directors, the Rose Community Foundation, ASCD advisory board on the whole child, Colorado P-20 Council, the Western States Benchmarking Consortium, advisory boards for ACT and the College Board, and consultant to the East Asia Regional Council of Schools. Dr. Moses was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2011 to serve through June 2015 as a Republican resident of the 6th Congressional District.
Hereford Percy retired in 2006 as President of FirstBank North, a position he had held since 1986. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University. He has served on numerous boards including the Jefferson County Board of Education, the Independent Bankers of Colorado, Arvada Economic Development Association, Duncan Family YMCA, Westminster Building Authority, Adams District 50 Education Foundation, the Longmont Symphony and the North Metro Arts Alliance. Mr. Percy and his wife Joanie have three children and have been residents of Arvada since 1987. Mr. Percy was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2008 and will serve through June 2015 as a Republican resident of the 7th Congressional District.
James T. Polsfut
Mr. Polsfut serves as the president of the Cordillera Foundation, a 25-year-old 501c3 organization devoted to international grant-making to Mexico. Previously, he was the chairman of Cordillera Asset Management and a general manager of GE Capital in Mexico and in the United States. Mr. Polsfut earned an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University in 1983 and an MBA from Stanford University in 1989. He was named an American Marshall Memorial fellow in 1999 and was an International Rotary Foundation fellow in Costa Rica in 1984. He also serves on the board of the University of Denver Social Science Foundation and the Child and Family Development Committee of the Rose Community Foundation and as a continuing elder of the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.
In November of 2007, Mr. Polsfut ended two years of service as one of two founding co-chairs of Denver’s Road Home, a $50 million plan organized in metro-Denver to combat homelessness over a ten-year period. Previously, he served as chairman of the board of the Urban Peak shelter for homeless and runaway youth and as chair of the Governor’s Council on Housing and the Homeless. His community involvement also includes service as treasurer of the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and as a board member of Open World Learning, the New America High School, the Latin American Educational Foundation and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, among other organizations.
Previously, Mr. Polsfut served as chairman of the board of the Urban Peak shelter for homeless and runaway youth and as chair of the Governor's Council on Housing and the Homeless. He also served as treasurer of the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and as a board member of the Latin American Educational Foundation, the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, and Special Olympics Mexico, among other organizations. Mr. Polsfut lives in the town where he was raised, Arvada, Colorado, and has one son, Javier. Mr. Polsfut was appointed to the Commission by Governor Ritter in 2007 and reappointed in 2010 to serve through June 2014 as a Democrat and a representative of the 7th Congressional District.
Regina M. Rodriguez
Ms. Regina “Gina” Rodriguez is a partner with the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation including defense of products liability claims, health care False Claims Act cases and the conduct of internal investigations. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Rodriguez was the chief of the Civil Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law. In addition to her legal career, Ms. Rodriguez has long been an active member of the community and an advocate for children and education. Ms. Rodriguez was a founding member of Colorado Youth at Risk and served for many years on the board of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives. She is currently a member of the board of Family Star Montessori and Early Head Start. Born in Gunnison, Ms. Rodriguez is a Colorado native. She currently resides in Denver with her husband and two children. Ms. Rodriguez was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Ritter in 2009 and will serve through June 2017 as a Democratic resident of the 6th Congressional District.
Colorado Springs, CO
Ms. Scott is the Executive Director of Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation in Colorado Springs. In June 2011, she transitioned from serving ten years as President and CEO of Peak Vista Community Health Centers to her current role in the Foundation. Peak Vista is a private non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that has been in existence since 1971 and serves over 65,000 patients with primary outpatient medical, dental and behavioral healthcare services. The Foundation was formed in 2005 as a separate 501(c)3 and is operated exclusively for charitable purposes to benefit Peak Vista’s twenty health centers throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Ms. Scott has extensive experience in community relationship building, strategic planning, community collaborations, adult leadership development, customer service and fundraising. She has extensive involvement with many organizations in the region, past or present, including the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, the Colorado Community Health Network, the Provider Panel of Colorado’s 2008 Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform and the National Association of Community Health Centers Board of Directors. She has is actively engaged on healthcare issues at the local, state and national level. The direct correlation between education and better health outcomes was a key factor in her decision to accept her appointment to the Commission on Higher Education. Ms Scott lives in Colorado Springs. She was appointed by Gov. Ritter in June 2008 and will serve through June 2016 as a Republican resident of the 5th Congressional District.