Board of Directors and Staff


Executive Committee

CHAIR:   Chris Piper, Denver Water, Government Relations

VICE-CHAIR:   Julia Richman, City of Boulder, Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer

TREASURER:   Eric Gutknecht, Continental Sausage, CEO

SECRETARY:    Carrie Atiyeh, Visit Denver, Govt. & Community Affairs Director

PREVIOUS BOARD CHAIR:   Peter Schwartz, Davis Graham Stubbs LLP, Partner

City Representatives

Anthony Aragon, City and County of Denver, Senior Advisor Community Affairs & Staff Liaison, Denver LGBTQ Commission

Tim Erickson, City of Aurora, Park & Event Ranger, Parks, Recreation & Open Space

Vanessa Zarate, City of Lakewood, Economic Development


Evelyn Baker, City of Denver, Deputy Director, Community Planning and Development

Emily Biederman, Secret Sauce F&B, COO

Sara Thompson Cassidy, Union Pacific Railroad, Director of Public Affairs, CO & WY

Mizraim Cordero, Denver Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Government Affairs

Nate Gordon, EKS&H, Partner and CPA/CGMA

Chris Herndon, Denver City Council,  Councilman District 8

Bea Morgan, Greenbriar Partners, Vice President

Patrick Rizzo, Professional Runner

Alexis Sgouros, Kaiser Permanente, VP and Business Information Officer

David Thomson, Etre Corp, CEO


Andrea Dowdy, CEO, 2010+

Creigh Kelley, Race Director, 2006+

Melissa Bissett, Sponsorship, 2012+

Jean Townsend, Director Charity Partners, 2006+

Pamelah Maragh, Siteline Events, Festival Ops, 2012+

Carol Hiller, Carol Hiller Events, Volunteers, 2006+

Alex Ross, 720x, Social Media, Newsletters, and Ambassadors, 2013+

Wally Zediker, Runner Relations, Entertainment, 2013+

Kifungua Ma’at, Tribe Inc, Water Stations, 2014+

John Dunbar, Food & Refreshment, 2006+

And More!