Hickenlooper Names Appointments for the Newly Created Office of Accountability and Reform, City Attorney, & Theaters and Arenas
(DENVER) Mayor John Hickenlooper held a news conference at the City and County Building on Wednesday to announce his appointees for City Attorney, Theaters and Arenas and the newly created Office of Accountability and Reform.
“With every round of appointments, I am amazed and inspired by the talent and expertise we have been able to attract,” Hickenlooper said. “These appointments are no exception.”
“In addition to appointing managers for both the City’s legal team and cultural amenities, we are officially announcing the creation of an exciting new entity. As we said many times during my campaign, we must do a better job of objectively measuring our performance to improve accountability within city government and ensure the effectiveness of our services. We are, therefore, officially announcing the creation of the Denver Office of Accountability and Reform to lead this important effort. Our transition team of 400 volunteers spent a great deal of time and energy exploring best practices both inside and outside of government. The Office of Accountability and Reform will build on and implement that work. This is an important first step in making the City of Denver a national leader in the delivery of public services.”
Director, Office of Accountability and Reform: Dana Bryson
With an ideal blend of public, private and non-profit experience in organizational strategy and innovative government reform, Dana Bryson is coming home to Denver to assume the newly created position of Director of the Denver Office of Accountability and Reform.
Currently the Chief of Staff for the City of Oakland, Bryson is a member of Oakland’s executive management team responsible for daily operations of the city. She worked closely with the City Manager’s budget team to develop the $1.8 billion 2003-05 policy budget and managed the Oakland’s 15-month citywide initiative, Moving Oakland Forward, to improve customer service and efficiencies while reducing costs. She worked with Public Strategies Group to research and implement best practices in municipal government in areas such as budgeting, financial policy, service delivery and e-government.
Prior to working for the City of Oakland, Bryson was the Senior Manager of Nonprofit Partnerships at Quinstreet.com where she managed a cross-departmental team responsible for evaluation and execution of strategic partnerships and identification of new market opportunities. Bryson also served as the Director of Community Business Development for govWorks.com, where she formulated metrics to measure the success of the company’s efforts and managed many public-private partnerships, and worked a consultant for BTW Consultants in Berkeley, California.
Before moving to the West coast, Bryson was a private consultant for SUKI Consulting in Denver, served as a Community Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and co-founded the Yampa Valley HIV/AIDS Coalition in Steamboat Springs.
A graduate of Denver’s East High School, Bryson received her bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs and French literature from the University of Virginia and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she was editor of the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy.
City Attorney: Cole Finegan
Cole Finegan will bring his extensive public sector experience and expertise with municipal law, land use issues, regulatory and administrative matters, and election law to his role as Denver’s new City Attorney.
Most recently a partner in the local law firm Brownstein, Hyatt and Farber, Finegan has spent a significant portion of his career working in the public sector. He served as Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Policy and Initiatives for Colorado Governor Roy Romer. In these capacities, he handled the Governor’s legal matters, advised the Governor on judicial appointments, and supervised a policy development staff of 60 people working on economic, environmental, health care, energy, telecommunications, transportation and education policy issues.
Finegan also worked on Capitol Hill as Chief Legislative Assistant and Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Jim Jones of Oklahoma, then Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Budget Committee.
Active in numerous local civic organizations, Finegan is Vice Chair of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, a board member of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, a member of the Urban Land Institute, and serves on the Board of Advisory Directors for the Community College of Denver. Finegan also served in recent years on the Colorado State Board of Agriculture that governs Colorado State University and on the Board of Trustees for the State Colleges of Colorado.
Finegan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Georgetown University, where he worked for The Tax Lawyer Law Review.
Director, Theaters and Arenas: Jack Finlaw
With 18 years of experience managing complex business transactions for leading companies in the telecommunications industry, Jack Finlaw is taking the stage as the Director of Theaters and Arenas.
Finlaw most recently served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Opera Colorado. As the chief executive officer for this arts non-profit, he oversees a $3.4 million operating budget, a 50-member board, a 15-employee staff, and led efforts to obtain public support for the renovation of Denver’s historic Newton Auditorium into a new state-of-the-art opera house, which will be Opera Colorado’s new home beginning in 2005.
Previously, Finlaw served as Deputy General Counsel to Comcast Corporation in Englewood, where he provided legal counsel regarding with mergers and acquisitions and corporate, partnership and securities law matters. Before Comcast’s acquisition of Jones Intercable in 1999, Finlaw spent 15 years as senior corporate and securities counsel to Jones Intercom. He previously worked in the Denver office of Kirkland & Ellis and clerked for the Honorable Robert McWilliams on the Tenth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Finlaw is a member of the University of Denver College of Law Alumni Council, is serving his second year as president of the Denver East Central Civic Association, and is an active volunteer with numerous commissions and community initiatives within the Episcopal Church.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his law degree from the University of Denver.
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