Tuesday, December 7, 2010 — Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Tuesday the appointment of Jack Finlaw as Chief of Staff and Erin Trapp as Deputy Chief of Staff. Both are expected to continue in these roles when Deputy Mayor Guillermo (Bill) V. Vidal becomes Mayor of Denver in January.
Finlaw most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor, and was previously Director of the City’s Theatres and Arenas Division. During Finlaw’s seven years with the Division, he initiated significant change in business practices that resulted in considerable revenue increases and noticeable customer service improvements.
Trapp was appointed Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) in 2006. She combined smart financial sensibility with powerful creative projects and programs to elevate Denver’s status as a city known for supporting and encouraging the arts. Trapp’s efforts greatly advanced DOCA’s reputation as a key resource for the arts community in Denver.
“Jack and Erin have distinguished themselves as outstanding managers with proven business savvy and intuitive communication skills,” said Mayor Hickenlooper. “I have complete confidence in their ability to preserve and enhance the high standards that have become a hallmark of our administration.”
Kent Rice, Deputy Director of Theatres and Arenas, and Jan Brennan, Deputy Director of DOCA, will assume the respective positions of director for each department.
Jack Finlaw: Chief of Staff
Finlaw was the Director of the City’s Theatres and Arenas Division from September 2003 through November 2010 and has also served as a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor since May 2010. As Director of Theatres and Arenas, he was the chief steward of Denver’s city-owned public assembly facilities including the Colorado Convention Center, the venues in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Visitor Center, the Denver Coliseum and the Crossroads Theatre. His accomplishments include transforming the agency’s culture to focus on customer service and fiscal accountability, which has resulted in an increase in the number and diversity of bookings at the agency’s venues, improved customer satisfaction and significant revenue growth. Finlaw also oversaw the construction of the $310 million Colorado Convention Center expansion completed in December 2004, the $93 million Ellie Caulkins Opera House that opened in September 2005 and the design phase of the $90 million renovation of Boettcher Concert Hall.
Before joining the Hickenlooper administration, Finlaw was a corporate and securities lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and public and private equity and debt offerings. He was Deputy General Counsel to Comcast Corporation from 1999 to 2002 and he served as Counsel to Jones Intercable, Inc. from 1984 to 1999. Finlaw is a graduate of the University of Denver’s College of Law and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Finlaw is been a member of the board of directors of Visit Denver. From 2001 to 2003, he was chairman of the board of directors of Opera Colorado. Finlaw also is an active volunteer with numerous commissions and committees of The Episcopal Church.
Erin Trapp: Deputy Chief of Staff
Trapp served as Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) since 2006. Under her leadership, DOCA launched the Denver 2for1Tix discount ticket program and the Biennial of the Americas. Prior to her appointment to DOCA, Trapp served as Deputy Director for the Western States Arts Federation, overseeing technology and research programs to implement strategic technology programs. Trapp also brings experience in corporate management at Merrill Lynch as a chief-of-staff for Merrill Lynch Private Client.
Trapp currently serves on boards for several local and national nonprofit organizations. An author of academic articles related to the sociology of arts and culture, Dr. Trapp holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.