Dr. James Griesemer - Director
Jim Griesemer is professor and dean emeritus at the University of Denver and serves as director of the University's Strategic Issues Program. His background includes extensive public sector executive experience and over 20 years of experience in higher education. During his career he has taught management and strategy at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado and Aurora University in Illinois.
Before becoming dean, Dr. Griesemer served as chief financial officer of the University of Denver, where he helped lead the financial turnaround of the University.
Jennifer Superka, JD - Associate Director
As a Colorado native, issues of public policy in the state are of special interest to Jennifer Superka.Before joining the Strategic Issues Program, Jennifer was a Denver attorney specializing in business and estate planning. She graduated from the College of Law at the University of Denver in 2002, and passed the Colorado bar in February 2003. Jennifer attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs and obtained her B.A. in History with a Minor in Southwest Studies.
In addition to lending her research, writing and analysis skills to the SIP, Jennifer coordinates SIP panel meetings and oversees the day-to-day operations of the SIP office.
Rebecca Swanson is charged with research, policy and strategy development for the Strategic Issues Program.
Prior to joining the University of Denver, Rebecca served as a Senior Policy Analyst for Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. Her primary areas of focus included natural resources, energy, agriculture, local government and environmental issues. She also represented the governor on the Western Governors Association Staff Council, and chaired or served on several gubernatorial boards and task forces.
Rebecca obtained a Master's degree in Public Policy in 2005 from the University of Denver, where she worked as graduate research assistant for former Governor Richard D. Lamm and for professor of political science Andrew E. Busch.
Additionally, after studying Neuroscience at The Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Rebecca spent more than ten years educating youths and adults. Her work included five years in the Minnesota public k-12 school system, and many enjoyable years planning and leading national and international-based wilderness and service learning trips.
Terry Zdrale moved to the Denver area in 2013. She provides administrative and writing support to the program director and attends to day-to-day operations of the Strategic Issues Program office.
Terry’s background is in non-profit management with 28 years executive leadership experience with a multi-service, senior organization in Ohio. She received her B.S. in Business Administration and Organizational Management from Ohio Valley University.