Board of Directors

Don Marostica, board chairman, 2012, current private real estate developer, former Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, former Colorado state legislator (Loveland) and member of the Joint Budget Committee. Expertise in transportation, development, budget and finance, with extensive community service.

Jack Blumenthal, vice chairman, 2013, principal at the accounting firm, Causey Demgen & Moore P.C., with 40 years of experience in financial management, economic analysis, operations improvement, and debt restructuring with industry specialization in financial services, real estate, health care, and oil and gas.

Trinidad Rodriguez, treasurer, 2014, public finance investment banker with D.A. Davidson and Company with extensive experience in municipal and public-private financing strategies, past board chair of Denver Housing authority, treasurer management group board Downtown Denver Partnership, former policy advisor Colorado Governor’s office.

Gretchen Gagel, 2015, President and COO of Continuum Advisory Group, a leadership and management consulting firm. Former Assistant Dean of Advancement and Alumni Relations University of Denver Daniels College of Business, former CEO and President of the Women’s Foundation for Colorado. Extensive fundraising, leadership and organizational development experience, and community involvement.

Brad Young, 2015, current Governmental Affairs Director for RxPlus Pharmacies, former state legislator representing Prowers, Baca, Bent, Otero, Las Animas, and Huerfano Counties. Former chair of the Joint Budget Committee and House Appropriations Committee. Author TABOR and Direct Democracy: An Essay on the End of the Republic (2006). 

Chris Watney, 2016, is a therapist and executive coach. She also served as the president and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign and served as a spokesperson for U.S.  Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft, including serving as the spokesperson for the Justice Department at the Oklahoma City bombing trials.

Amanda Gonzalez 2016, is an attorney and the chief operating officer of PTB Management in Denver, the former program director of the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable and the former executive director of CLLARO.

Tiana Patterson, 2016, an attorney, is the state and local policy program officer for Enterprise Community Partners in Denver and has worked as a policy fellow for Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk for the Illinois State Attorney’s Office in Cook County, Ill., previously.