FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, September 8, 2005CONTACT:
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor's Office
MAYOR APPOINTS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Katherine Archuleta to Return to Denver (DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Thursday his appointment of Katherine Archuleta as chief operating officer (COO). In this role, Archuleta’s duties will focus on internal management and operational issues, including the coordination of City departments and agencies to implement the administration’s policy and programmatic initiatives. Archuleta will join the Mayor’s senior executive team on October 11, 2005, working closely with the chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and communications director.
“Katherine Archuleta has built a 30-year record of service to Denver and the nation through her non-profit and public sector endeavors,” Hickenlooper said. “We feel fortunate that she will bring her considerable talents and experiences to our executive team.”
“I am honored to have been selected to join Mayor Hickenlooper's team,” Archuleta said. “His vision for the City of Denver and its citizens is one that I have admired throughout his tenure. I look forward to working with him, his managers and his staff in fulfilling the agenda he has set.”
A Denver native, Archuleta currently serves as the executive director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Following eight years as an educator and administrator for Denver Public Schools, Archuleta joined Denver Mayor Federico Peña’s administration in 1983. During her eight years with the City and County of Denver, she served as Pena’s administrative assistant, deputy chief of staff and administrative cabinet officer. She later served as the director of special initiatives for the Hunt Alternatives Fund, the private foundation of philanthropist Swanee Hunt. In 1993, she joined then-Secretary Peña in Washington where she served as his deputy chief of staff and chief of staff in the U.S. Department of Transportation and as his senior policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Energy.
Archuleta returned to Denver in 1997 to co-found the Center for Regional and Neighborhood Action, a nonprofit focused on assisting state, local and regional governments with strategic planning, facilitation, and leadership development surrounding the issues of regional growth management. She later worked as director of professional services for the Denver-based law firm of Davis, Graham and Stubbs, LLP, and co-founded Semilla Group, a women-owned consulting group assisting private and public agencies with policy development strategies and workplace issues.
In 2002, Archuleta designed and led the nonpartisan Latina Initiative, a civic engagement project in Denver aimed at encouraging Latinas to become active, engaged voters. She also helped found the Colorado Women’s Foundation and Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Denver’s nationally recognized women’s employment and training center. Named by the Albuquerque Journal as one of its 2005 Visionaries, she has served on the Institute of the American Indian Arts Board of Trustees, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, the Wells Fargo Bank of New Mexico Leadership Council, and the Women in Leadership Council of United Way.
Archuleta received her bachelor’s degree in education from Metropolitan State College in Denver and her masters in education from the University of Northern Colorado. She participated in Harvard University’s Institute for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and the University of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Program for State and Local Officials.
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