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Strategic Issues Program

Legislative Accountability

Panel Members

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 2015 Panel on Legislative Accountability are:

Jim Griesemer, Chair

Dennis Baldwin - Retired, Merrill Lynch

Karen Beye - Former Executive Director, Colorado Department of Human Services

Gary Christie - Retired, Genro Corp.

Sheila Cleworth - Former Program Underwriting Officer, KRMA Denver

Patricia Cooper - Emeritus Director of Pathfinder International and Director of Capital Sisters International

Pat Grant - Former State Representative; Former President/CEO National Western Stock Show

Jerry Groswold - First President and CEO, Winter Park Recreational Association

Tom Kaesemeyer - Retired Executive Director Gates Family Foundation; Executive Director, Fox Family Foundation

Peggy Kerns - Director of the Center for Ethics in Government, located at the National Conference of State Legislatures; Former State Representative

Dorothy Lechowicz-Edwards - Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Ginger Maloney - Dean Emeritus, Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver

Sam McWilliams - Retired, Aviation leadership and management

David Miller - President and CEO, The Denver Foundation

Jack Trigg - Partner, Wheeler, Trigg, O’Donnell LLP

Phil Vaughan - Founder, Phil Vaughan Construction Management