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Strategic Issues Program

Colorado State Capitol

Each year the University of Denver convenes a non-partisan panel of citizens to examine an issue of particular importance to the people of Colorado. These panels, called Strategic Issues Panels, are "blue ribbon panels" in every sense of the word.

Typically, they are composed of 15-20 accomplished citizens from various walks of life, selected on the basis of their personal experience, judgment, and openness to a variety of ideas and perspectives. Panel members bring a wealth of experience to the process.

The distinguished members of the 2009 Immigration Panel are:

Don Ament - Former Colorado Secretary of Agriculture

Polly Baca - President & CEO, Baca Barragan Perez & Associates

Richard Ballantine - Publisher, The Durango Herald

Barbara Bauer - President, Global Sight Partners

Linda Childears - President & CEO, Daniels Fund

Pete Coors - Chairman & CEO, Coors Brewing Company

Carolyn Daniels - Partner, Holme Roberts & Owen LLP

Jim Griesemer, Chair - Director, Strategic Issues Program

Steve Halstedt - Managing Director, Centennial Ventures

Del Hock - Retired CEO & Chairman of Public Service Company of Colorado

Richard Koeppe - Retired Superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools

Wayne Murdy - Former Chairman, Newmont Mining Corp.

Ved Nanda - Vice Provost for Internationalization, University of Denver

Kay Norton - President, University of Northern Colorado

Kim Patmore - Former Executive Vice President & CFO, First Data Corp

Dick Robinson - CEO, Robinson Dairy

Marguerite Salazar - President and CEO, Valley-Wide Health Systems

David Trickett - President, Iliff School of Theology

Jerry Williams - Associate Research Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Ron Williams - President, Gary-Williams Energy Corporation