Job Postings For leadership Positions In Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston’s Administration are officially Open! Co-chairs For All 28 Committees Of The Transition Announced

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Are you passionate about building a vibrant Denver? Are you someone with a track record of fostering creativity, innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, and transparency? If so, we invite you to join Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston’s administration and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our city.

We are currently seeking highly qualified and dedicated individuals to fill key roles across various city agencies and departments. This is an extraordinary opportunity to make a lasting impact and contribute to the positive transformation of Denver. We believe in assembling a team of diverse talent who will work together to implement innovative solutions and ensure that Denver remains a model city for the nation.

If you don’t see a role that matches your qualifications and experience, keep checking! This list will be updated as positions become available. 

Please include your resume and answers to this questionnaire(PDF, 165KB). You may upload them in the attachment section of the application.

Chief Operating Officer

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 

Director of Scheduling and Advance

Chief Equity Officer

Senior Advisor for Homelessness Resolution

Director of Communications

Press Secretary

Director of Digital Media

City Attorney

Executive Advisor to the Mayor

Executive Director, Children’s Affairs

Executive Director, Arts & Venues

Executive Director, Community Planning & Development

Executive Director, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment

Executive Director, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Executive Director, Department of Housing Stability

Executive Director, Department of Human Services

Executive Director, Department of Public Safety

Executive Director, Department of Transportation & Infrastructure

Executive Director, Emergency Management

Executive Director, Excise & Licensing

Executive Director, General Services

Executive Director, Parks & Recreation

Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston’s transition committee, Vibrant Denver, announced the co-chairs for all 28 committees of the transition. The individuals chosen to chair the committees represent Denver’s wide array of backgrounds, and have on-the-ground experience working on the issues and with the departments they will develop recommendations for. Just like the transition co-chairs, the committee co-chairs reflect the diverse demographics of Denver. 54% of the committee co-chairs are women with 46% men. Additionally, more than 70% of the co-chairs are people of color.

“I’m incredibly proud of the team of seasoned, experienced community leaders who will be leading all of our 28 transition committees over the next month,” said Mayor-Elect Mike Johnston. “Our transition is focused on making sure every Denver resident has a voice in our city, and our committees will foster that transparency, collaboration, and innovation to move Denver forward and create a vibrant, prosperous and equitable future for our city.”

The committees will be overseen by the five transition co-chairs, Mayor Federico Peña, Sen. Julie Gonzales, Kourtny Garrett, Greg Moore, and Makisha Boothe. Each committee will be tasked with at least one public meeting, helping source resumes and applicants for key roles, and developing potential priorities for the incoming administration.

The following individuals will serve as committee co-chairs for Vibrant Denver: 

Arts and Venues

  • Nora Abrams, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • Stephen Brackett, former Music Ambassador, State of Colorado

Children’s Affairs

  • TeRay Esquibel, Executive Director, Ednium: The Alumni Collective
  • Hon. Anna Jo Haynes, President Emeritus of Mile High Early Learning
  • Vanecia Kerr, Chief Impact Officer, Mile High United Way

City Attorney

  • Dawn Bookhardt, Founding Partner, Bookhardt & O’Toole
  • Stanton Dodge, Chief Legal Officer, DraftKings
  • Qusair Mohamedbhai, Civil Rights Attorney

Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency

  • Dominique Gómez, Deputy Director, Colorado Energy Office
  • Kelly Nordini, Executive Director of Conservation Colorado

Community Planning and Development

  • Aaron Miripol, President and CEO, Urban Land Conservancy
  • Peter Park, City Planner and Educator
  • Susan Powers, President, Urban Ventures

Denver International Airport

  • Eric Hiraga, former Chief of Staff, Denver International Airport
  • A. Barry Hirschfeld Jr., President and CEO, Asia Investment Partners
  • Denise O’Leary, Member of Board of Directors, American Airlines  

Economic Development and Opportunity

  • Mowa Haile, President, Sky Blue Builders
  • Walter Isenberg, CEO, Sage Hospitality Group
  • Lee Mayer, CEO, Havenly

Emergency Management

  • Donna Lynne, CEO, Denver Health 
  • Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, Co-Founder, InOn Health

Excise and License

  • Patty Salazar, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies
  • Chuck Smith, Partner, Southeast Cannabis Company


  • Gretchen Hollrah, Chief Operating Officer, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • Paul Washington, Executive Vice President, IMA Financial Group

General Services

  • Denise Burgess, CEO, Burgess Services
  • Al Gardner, CEO, Tech Entrepreneur
  • Ron Roybal, consultant, University of Colorado at Denver

Housing Stability – Homelessness

  • Christina Carlson, CEO, Urban Peak 
  • Ean Tafoya, Co-Founder, Headwaters Protectors; community leader

Housing Stability – Housing

  • Jonathan Cappelli, Executive Director, Neighborhood Development Collaborative
  • Kevin Marchman, Chair of the Stapleton Development Corporation, Managing Founder of the National Organization of African Americans in Housing (NOAAH)

Human Rights and Community Partnerships

  • Anthony Aragon, former Director, Boards & Commissions, City and County of Denver
  • Dusti Gurule, President & CEO, COLOR & COLOR Action Fund

Human Services

  • Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, President and CEO, Craig Hospital  
  • Roxane White, former Chief of Staff, John Hickenlooper

Labor Relations

  • Stephanie Felix, President, SEIU Local 105
  • Hon. Debbie Ortega, outgoing Denver City Councilwoman At-Large

National Western Center 

  • Hon. Terrance Carroll, former Speaker of the Colorado House
  • Ernest House, former Executive Director, Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs
  • Ana Varela, Community Activist

Parks and Recreation

  • Hon. Jolon Clark, outgoing Denver District 7 Councilman
  • Connie Rule, Chief of Strategic Partnerships, Mercy Housing

Public Health and Environment

  • Dr. Joshua Barocas, Director of Social Determinants of Health & Disparities Modeling Unit, CU Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Rudy Gonzales, CEO, Servicios de la Raza

Public Safety

  • Nita Gonzales, community leader
  • Murphy Robinson, former Executive Director, Denver Department of Public Safety

Technology Services 

  • Suma Nallapati, Global CIO, Insight; former CIO, State of Colorado

Transportation and Infrastructure

  • Hon. Albus Brooks, former Denver City Council President
  • Jill Locantore, Executive Director, Denver Streets Partnership

Community Well-Being and Neighborhood Safety

  • Dr. Lisa Calderón, Executive Director, Emerge Colorado, faculty member at Regis University and CU Boulder
  • Neal Walia, Deputy Director, Asian Pacific Development Center

Education and City/DPS Partnership

  • Hon. James Coleman, President Pro Tem, Senate District 33
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Executive Director, Together We Count

Employee Voice

  • Erin Brown, Vice President Community Investment and Impact, The Colorado Health Foundation 
  • Glenna Norvelle, Founder, GForce Strategies

Mental Health

  • Lorez Meinhold, Executive Director, Caring for Denver Foundation
  • Lydia Prado, Executive Director, Lifespan Local

Migrants and Immigration

  • Luis Antezana, immigration advocate; founder and CEO, Juntos
  • Sonya Ulibarri, Chief Impact Officer, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado

Social Equity and Innovation

  • Yessica Holguin, Director, Center for Community Wealth Building
  • Gloria Neal, former Public Affairs Director, Mayor Michael Hancock
  • Kendra Sandoval, community leader