Recap of 2015-16 Buechner Breakfasts

Photo of Jacob, Buechner, Teske

Benoy Jacob, John Buechner, Paul Teske

It was an exciting year of Buechner Breakfast First Fridays, with topics spanning a broad range of social and policy issues. All BBFFs were very well attended, and several were standing-room only. Beginning in October, the events were livestreamed and recorded.

Below is a list of the BBFF topics and panelists, as well as links to summaries that are posted on the School of Public Affairs’ Views from the West blog. Each summary includes photos from the event and, beginning in October, a link to the event recording posted on YouTube.

Many thanks to the organizations that sponsored a BBFF over the past year, and to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you in 2016-17!

September 2015: Challenges and Opportunities for Transit-Oriented Development
Sponsored by: Colorado Health Foundation

  • Rocky Piro, Executive Director, Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism at CU Denver
  • Brad Calvert, Metro Vision Manager, DRCOG Metro Vision
  • Brad Weinig, Program Director, Transit-Oriented Development, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
  • Dace West, Executive Director, Mile High Connects
  • Susan Wood, Planning Project Manager, RTD, and Past President of Colorado APA
  • Moderator: Randy Harrison, Senior Fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance

October 2015: Violence Against Native Americans: Challenges and Solutions

  • Lisa M. Calderón, Director, Community Reentry Project
  • Sasha Hutchings, Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
  • Callie Marie Rennison, Professor, School of Public Affairs, CU Denver
  • Dennis Swain, Executive Director, Denver Indian Family Resource Center
  • Moderator: Deborah Esquibel Hunt, Director of American Indian Student Services at CU Denver

November 2015: What Did We Vote For? And What Does It Mean?

  • Lynea Hansen, Senior VP at Strategies 360 (worked on pro-recall side of Jeff Co school board races)
  • Sheila Atwell, Director of Jeff Co Students First (anti-recall group)
  • Cary Kennedy, Denver CFO and Deputy Mayor
  • Sean Walsh, President of Sean Walsh consulting (Republican strategist, involved with Aurora races)
  • Moderator: Paul Teske, Dean of the School of Public Affairs; Director, Buechner Institute

December 2015: Affordable Housing in Colorado

  • Rick Garcia, Director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development Region 8
  • Robin Kniech, City of Denver Councilperson and longtime housing advocate
  • Tiana Patterson, State and Local Policy Program Officer, Enterprise
  • Sara Reynolds, Director, Housing Colorado
  • Moderator: Allan Wallis, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs

January 2016: Assessing the Assessment: Testing in Colorado
Sponsored by: Rose Community Foundation

  • Jeni Gotto, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Adams County School District 50
  • Oliver Grenham, Chief Education Officer, Adams County School District 50
  • Senator Jessie Ulibarri, Senate District 21 (Adams County)
  • Chris Watney, President and CEO, Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Joyce Zurkowski, Executive Director of Assessment, Colorado Department of Education
  • Moderator: Reilly Pharo Carter, Executive Director, Climb Higher Colorado

February 2016: Colorado’s New Water Plan: What Comes Next?
Sponsored by: MillerCoors

  • James Eklund, Director of Colorado Water Conservation Board, and main author of the new water plan
  • Terry Fankhauser, Executive VP of the Colorado Cattleman’s Association
  • Russ McDonald, Global Client Director – Integrated Delivery at HDR, Inc., and Intermountain Infrastructure Exchange (IMX) Strategic Consultant
  • Moderator: Dr. Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs; Co-Director, Workshop on Policy Process Research at the Buechner Institute

March 2016: Malcolm Baldrige Awards: Quality in Local Government

  • Doug Gilbert, Board Chair of Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence, the Baldrige regional program for Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana
  • Darin Atteberry, City Manager for the City of Fort Collins
  • David Edinger, Chief Performance Officer for the City and County of Denver
  • Lowell Kruse, former President and CEO of Heartland Health in St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Moderator: Dr. Benoy Jacob, Assistant Professor at the School of Public Affairs; Director of the Center for Local Government at the Buechner Institute

April 2016: Revitalizing North Denver: Cornerstone Projects
Sponsored by: Kutak Rock

  • Kelly Leid, Director of North Denver Cornerstone Project
  • Debbie Ortega, Council at Large, City of Denver
  • Jo Barrios, recent SPA MPA Graduate
  • Moderator: Randy Harrison, Senior Fellow, Buechner Institute for Governance


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