Five SPA alums were honored by the Denver Business Journal in its annual “Forty Under 40” list, an award that recognizes 40 outstanding local professionals under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. The winners were honored at an awards luncheon on March 16 and profiled in a special DBJ edition on March 20. SPA alums in this year’s class include:
- Erik Estrada (MPA), senior corporate counsel, Level 3 Communications
- Chris Herndon (MPA), councilman for District 11, City of Denver
- Genia Larson Herndon (Denver Community Leadership Forum), assistant vice chancellor for university advancement and student engagement, CU Denver
- Kynnie Martin (MPA current student), senior recruiter, veterans and diversity, Xcel Energy
- Melinda Pollack (MPA), vice president, transit oriented development, Enterprise Community Partners
From an article by CU Denver Communications:
“Call them the black-and-gold 10. A quarter of this year’s Denver Business Journal “Forty Under 40” class represent the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, making a strong statement about how our graduates go on to successful careers while also giving back to the community.
“The annual luncheon celebrating the Denver area’s young and up-and-coming business leaders took place March 16 at the Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. This year, the DBJ received a record 375 nominees, with the 40 winners chosen on the basis of community involvement, leadership, business recognition and overall accomplishments. The keynote speaker was Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Galvanize, a local incubator for entrepreneurs.
“Winners who are alumni or current students from CU Denver are: Jason Battista (Mercy Housing), Erik Estrada (Level 3), Christopher Herndon (Denver City Council), Genia Herndon (CU Denver), Kynnie Martin (Xcel Energy), Erika Reyes Martinez (North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative), Brandon Mencini (HealthONE), Melinda Pollack (Enterprise Community Partners) and Grant Van Der Jagt (Denver Property Management). Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, of the Colorado Medical Society, is an alumnus of CU Anschutz.
See more photos and read the rest of the story on the CU Denver Newsroom.
~via Chris Casey, University Communications