Hickenlooper Rounds Out Economic Team
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper held a news conference in his office Thursday to announce his appointees for Deputy Director of Economic Development, Director of Contract Compliance, and Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services. These three individuals, as well as previously announced Director of Workforce Development Cec Ortiz, will report to previously announced Director of Economic Development John Huggins who will lead Hickenlooper’s newly restructured, cabinet-rank Office of Economic Development.
“Last week, we announced two vital members of our new economic team; today, we fill out the line-up,” Hickenlooper said. “Land use, transportation, economic development, workforce and housing issues are interrelated and need better integration and coordination. This newly integrated office and the people leading it will ensure better customer service for people who want to do job- and revenue-generating projects in Denver.”
Deputy Director of Economic Development: Myrna Hipp
Having spent over 25 years in community development, Myrna Hipp brings the perfect blend of experience, expertise and creativity to the position of Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Development.
Prior to her recent service as Mayor Hickenlooper’s Acting Director of both Community Planning and Development and Economic Development, Hipp served as Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services in the Webb Administration. In this capacity, she was responsible for the implementation of Denver’s affordable housing policies through the economic decline of the 1980s and the economic vitality of the 1990s. During the past 12 years she has overseen the City’s investment of over $175 million in affordable housing development and preservation and over $50 million in other neighborhood improvement projects.
Prior to joining the City, Hipp worked at the Metro Denver Urban Coalition where her experiences confirmed that her life work would be devoted to community development. She was one of the founders of the Denver Neighborhood Housing Fund, which has since expanded to include other metro jurisdictions as the Mile High Housing Fund and the Housing Development Project that provides core-operating support for non-profit housing developers. She also served on Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s Coordinating Council for Housing and the Homeless as well as numerous other advisory boards and committees.
Hipp graduated cum laude from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She will remain in her current position of Acting Director of Community Planning and Development until her replacement is announced.
Director of Contract Compliance: Tamela Lee
Tamela Lee brings 17 years of public, private and non-profit experience in financial management and analysis, banking and economic development to her role as the city’s new Director of Contract Compliance.
Lee is currently the Director of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Development Center and Business Resource and Information Center. In this capacity, she directs small business counseling, training, executive programs, community outreach, research information and advocacy - and designs, develops, and implements programs that assist Denver-area small business development.
Lee previously worked as a commercial loan officer for Denver National Bank and as a bank examiner and liquidation specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
Lee is a past board chair of the Colorado Enterprise Fund, Inc. and currently serves on the boards of the Denver Urban Economic Development Corporation, the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Better Business Bureau, and Goodwill Industries of Colorado.
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Lee the 2000 District Director’s Diamond Award and the 2003 State and Regional Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award. She has also been recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners, the American Business Women’s Association, and the International Who’s Who of Professionals.
Lee received her bachelors of business administration in finance from Howard University.
Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Services: Jacqueline “Jacky” Morales-Ferrand
Having spent more than a decade dealing with housing issues in Denver and Boulder, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Development Jacky Morales-Ferrand will work closely with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to address the housing and neighborhood needs of the city.
Morales-Ferrand has most recently served as the Director of Housing Initiatives for Forest City Stapleton, where she was responsible for the implementation of Stapleton’s Affordable Housing Plan, which will create 1,600 affordable units. She spent over seven years as the City of Boulder’s Housing Division Program Manager, where she managed Boulder’s homeownership and home repair programs, implemented zoning ordinances, created permanently affordable deed restricted units, and administered over $6 million in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds. Morales-Ferrand has also served as the Program Coordinator for both Boulder’s Human Rights and Mediation Service and the Boulder County Safehouse and as a volunteer coordinator and bilingual case manager for the Emergency Family Assistance Association.
Morales-Ferrand is the board president of the HERO (Homeownership Education and Resource Opportunities) Alliance, serves as the program committee chair for the Colorado Housing NOW Conference, and is the board president of the Community Investment Fund.
She received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder and her master’s in public administration with a focus on local government from the University of Colorado in Denver.
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