FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor's Office
Mayor Announces New Staff Additions
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced that Elisa Montoya and Penny May will be joining the Mayor’s Office team in early 2006. In her role as a Special Assistant to the Mayor beginning in February, Montoya’s duties will focus on issues related to transportation, telecommunications and state/federal legislation. As Deputy City Council Liaison beginning in mid-January, May will work with City Council Liaison Roberto Venegas on all Council-related issues.
“Over the past two-and-a-half years, we have built a talented, experienced and diverse team – both in the Mayor’s Office and throughout the City,” Hickenlooper said. “We are excited to continue that tradition by adding these accomplished individuals to our team. They bring experience and expertise that will enhance our ability to continue delivering the results our community wants and deserves.”
These two new appointments bring the total number of mayoral appointees to 57; the City Charter allows for 65.
Elisa Montoya: Special Assistant to the Mayor
Montoya has spent the last year as Legislative Counsel in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, where she oversaw appropriation requests and focused on issues surrounding the federal budget, telecommunications, technology and Indian affairs. During the 2004 election cycle, she served as Director of Technology and Economic Opportunity Policy for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign, focusing on telecommunications and technology policy; Latino and civil rights policy, veterans, small business and transportation issues. Montoya previously worked as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Special Projects Coordinator for U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra of California.
Montoya received her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University, and her law degree and master’s in communication management from the University of Southern California, where she worked in USC’s Children’s Legal Clinic. During law school, she served as a legal clerk in the business affairs and contract administration division of the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., and immediately after law school, she worked in the Law Office of Masry and Vititoe focusing on environmental litigation.
Penny May: Deputy City Council Liaison
Since August 2003, May has served as an analyst specialist for Denver Councilman At-Large Doug Linkhart, organizing and coordinating community forums, overseeing the Councilman’s office functions, and researching issues. For the three years prior, she served as office manager and assistant director of marketing for Denver-based Empire Construction Services, Inc.
No stranger to Denver City government, May has also held the previous positions of assistant director for Denver’s Office of Telecommunications (1996-7), where she monitored enforcement and compliance of the City’s cable television franchise; City Council legislative analyst (1992-96), analyzing issues, drafting legislation and staffing Council committees, and administrative assistant in Denver’s Budget and Management Office and for the Manger of Public Works (1990-92).
In addition to a diploma from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, May holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA – both from the University of Colorado, Denver.
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In September 2005, Sarah Moss joined the Mayor’s Office staff as a communications specialist assisting Communications Director Lindy Eichenbaum Lent. She previously served as grassroots communications director for the Rutt Bridges for Governor campaign, Denver deputy field director for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Cover the Uninsured Week, and as a member of the national advance staff for the Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign. She managed Ed Moss’ successful 2003 campaign for Westminster mayor and worked as an account assistant for GMMB, Inc., a Washington, DC political communications firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public communication from American University.
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