Luis Colon (Vice Chair)
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.
John L. Anderson
John Anderson is a partner in the education consulting group, Schoolhouse Partners. He is the former president and CEO of New American Schools.
He began his business career with IBM after graduating from Yale University. Over a 30-year career he held positions in marketing, manufacturing and development, and on the corporate staff, including serving as an assistant to the IBM chairman of the board.
His interest in, and passion for, education began in 1989 when he was named director of the Governmental Programs-Education for IBM in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the activities of The Business Roundtable's primary and secondary education initiative.
Mr. Anderson is President of the Board of Music in the Mountains, Vice President of the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado and a member of the Professional Associates of Fort Lewis College. He is a member of the Board of the Colorado Legacy Foundation and the Institue for Student Achievement.
He is an avid outdoorsman and ski instructor. He and his wife, Cissy, reside in Durango, CO. Mr. Anderson was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve through July 1, 2019 as a Republican representing the 3rd 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 July 1, 2019 as a Democratic resident of the 3rd Congressional District.
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.
Vanecia Kerr is the Managing Director of Marketing, Communications and Development for City Year Denver. Prior to joining City Year in 2011, she was the Regional Director of Community Affairs for the mid-west and western region of TIAA-CREF. In this role she was responsible for developing and overseeing the strategy and implementation of the community outreach activities for the organization. Her tenure at TIAA-CREF spanned nearly 18 years where she held several leadership positions including relationship management with top tier clients (mostly notable colleges, universities and nonprofit organizations) with assets ranging from $200M to $800M. Ms. Kerr received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University in Virginia and a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Ms. Kerr has received numerous certificates and honors including her recent recognition in 2014 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a Finalist for the Athena Award. In terms of civic engagement, Ms. Kerr has a number of outstanding accomplishments. She is the founder of several organizations and has served on numerous boards. Most recently she was on the Founding Committee to bring City Year to Denver and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries, the Public Education & Business Coalition, and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Ms. Kerr is a highly experienced public speaker credited with over 250 speaking engagements with audience sizes ranging from 20 to 2000; this includes serving as a keynote speaker, expert panelist and facilitator for various local and national organizations including the Clinton Global Initiative and Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship. Ms. Kerr is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service sorority) and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In her spare time she likes to volunteer, serve in her local church, watch movies and enjoy the many activities that Colorado has to offer with her husband and 12 year old son.
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 7th Congressional District.
Paula Sandoval lives in northwest Denver and served as a Colorado State Senator for eight years. She also served on the Denver City Council for one year. Ms. Sandoval is the owner of the Tamales By La Casita restaurant, which has served Denver for over 25 years. Ms. Sandoval is a lifelong resident of Denver, although she was born in Chicago, Illinois. She attained a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Ms. Sandoval also served on the Colorado State University System’s Board of Governors, is a past board member of the Denver Welfare Reform Board, and a past board member of both the Colorado Historical Society and Colorado Commission on Aging.
Ms. Sandoval has a long history of public service. She currently is a Board member of the Greenway Foundation, Energy Outreach and Wings of Hope and she serves as the Vice Chair of the Denver Board of Environmental Health.
Ms. Sandoval was appointed to the Commission by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2015 and will serve through June 2018 as a Democratic resident of the 1st Congressional District.
Colorado Springs, CO
Ms. Scott retired from Peak Vista Community Health Centers in December 2014 after almost 19 years during which time she served as its President and CEO and the Executive Director of the Peak Vista Foundation, an organization she co-founded. Peak Vista is a private non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that has been in existence since 1971 and today provides primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to 1 in every 9 residents living in the Pikes Peak and East Central Plains Regions of Colorado. Passionate about a diverse range of issues affecting the state and her local region, she has extensive involvement with many organizations, past or present, including: Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Board; Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families Board; Colorado Community Health Network Board; Provider Panel of Colorado’s 2008 Blue Ribbon Commission on Healthcare Reform; National Association of Community Health Centers Board; Colorado Springs Leadership Institute Board; Innovations in Aging, Co-Founder & Board; LiveWell Colorado Springs Advisory Board; US Bank Community Board; and Colorado Springs Health Foundation Board. Ms. Scott lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, Randy. Two grown sons and six grandchildren live in California and Oklahoma. 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. She was appointed by Gov. Ritter in June 2008 and will serve through June 2016 as a Republican resident of the 5th Congressional District.