The chancellor's staff supports the strategic direction of the chancellor and university through project and event management, communication support and the strengthening of relationships with trustees, students, faculty and staff, as well as other important duties as needed.

  • Nancy Nicely

    Nancy Nicely

    Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff
    Secretary to the Board of Trustees

    Phone: 303-871-4948


    Nancy Nicely works in partnership with numerous faculty, students and staff across campus to help meet the strategic goals of the chancellor on behalf of the University. As secretary to the Board of Trustees, Nicely works closely with the board and members of the senior administration.  Additionally, she leads the implementation and communication of major campus and institutional initiatives on behalf of the chancellor. Nicely helps coordinate and strengthen the University's relationships and outreach with the broader public and community in the areas of marketing and communications, government and community relations, and conferences and special events. Previously, Nicely served as secretary of the college and vice president for communications at Swarthmore College.

  • Claire Brownell

    Claire Brownell

    Director of University Protocol
    Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees


    Phone: 303-871-4876


    Claire (MA, ’01) provides administrative support to the chancellor and manages special projects, initiatives and events, including the University’s commencement ceremonies. She also provides administrative and logistical support to the Board of Trustees. Claire earned her BA in art history from the University of Vermont and her MA in higher education from DU. She has worked in the Chancellor’s Office since 2003. 

  • Miranda Delaney

    Administrative Assistant


    Phone: 303-871-2922


    Miranda supports the operation of the Office of the Chancellor by providing administrative support to the staff.

  • Joy Zehner 

    Temporary Executive Assistant


    Phone: 303-871-2763


    Joy provides administrative support to the senior vice chancellor and chief of staff, including in her work with the Chancellor's cabinet and other senior leaders across the University, the Board of Trustees and externally facing audiences. 

  • Rebecca Parker

    Rebecca Parker

    Communications Manager & Executive Writer


    Phone: 303-871-2111



    Parker provides writing and research support for the Office of the Chancellor, contributing to reports and other collateral and working closely with the Division of Marketing and Communications.

  • Allison Riola

    Allison Riola

    Director of Chancellor Engagement


    Phone: 303-871-4201


    Allison (BA, '10 and MLS, ‘18) is responsible for planning and implementing the Chancellor’s engagement with various stakeholders, working cross-functionally with offices and constituents both across campus and in the community. She has worked at the University of Denver since 2004, and in the Chancellor’s office since 2015.

  • Mia Sundstrom