Paul Washington, Executive Director
Prior to his Mayoral appointment in 2011, Paul was the president of LJS Holdings LLC, a leading finance advisory firm that specializes in international mergers, acquisitions and investment banking. Paul began his professional career as an attorney at the law firm of Hogan Lovells, specializing in large merger and acquisition transactions. Paul earned his B.S. in business (finance) from the University of California at Berkeley and received his JD from that institution’s Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was president of the graduate student body. He also earned a Masters degree in taxation from the University of Denver.
John Lucero, Deputy Director
With more than 20 years of experience in management, operations, marketing and development, John currently serves as the Deputy Director of OED. A Mayoral appointee since 2010, Lucero directs special projects and real estate development activities for OED. As an champion of affordable, private property and fair housing rights, Lucero has successfully advocated for the interests of local small businesses, nonprofit organizations, property owners and neighborhood associations.
Amy Mueller Edinger, Chief Operating Officer
Overseeing day-to-day operations, Edinger strengthens OED’s capacity to achieve its strategic plan goals for business recruitment, retention, housing, neighborhoods, strategic lending and workforce development. Her experience includes serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to former Mayor John Hickenlooper as well as Deputy Manager for the Department of Public Works. More recently, she led government relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Other past positions include Policy Advisor for the City of Boulder as well as Legislative Director to former Governor Roy Romer. Edinger earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colorado State University and her master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver.
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