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tions, Kelly has worked across a range of highly visible public,
private and nonprofit organizations. Over the course of his
planning and development experiences, Kelly has led complex,
multi-partner projects totaling nearly $800 million, including
Sports Authority Field at Mile High and DPS’ Evie Dennis
Campus. Kelly is a third-generation Colorado native and holds
degrees from Arizona State University (BS and MPA) and the
University of Denver (MBA).
Cary Kennedy, CFO and Deputy Mayor
Cary Kennedy serves as the City and County of Denver’s Chief
Financial Officer and also was appointed as Deputy Mayor by
Mayor Michael Hancock on August 23, 2011. Previously, Cary
served as State Treasurer in Colorado, a post to which she was
first elected in 2006.
Before running for Treasurer, Cary was budget analyst in
Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s Office of State Planning and
Budgeting in the 1990s and then worked as a fiscal analyst for
the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
She left the department to lead a broad bipartisan coalition to
increase funding for Colorado’s public schools and helped pass
Amendment 23 in November 2000. In 2004 and 2005, Cary
served as policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff
and assisted in developing Colorado’s Referendum C, a “time-
out” on Colorado’s TABOR law, which voters passed in 2005.
Cary has a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University, a
master’s degree from Columbia University, and a law degree
from the University of Denver School of Law.
Diane Barrett, Chief Projects Officer
A lawyer for nearly 25 years, Diane Barrett practiced primarily
in the areas of public finance and land use/development. She
was a partner with Holme Roberts & Owen, in the Denver
office. Her practice emphasized financing public infrastructure
for local governments and for private development projects.
After retiring from the active practice of law, she was appointed
Special Assistant for Transportation and Development by then-
Mayor Hickenlooper in 2005 and Chief Projects Officer by
Mayor Hancock in 2011.
Diane’s primary responsibility for Mayor Hickenlooper was to
oversee the redevelopment of the Denver Union Station site
into a multimodal hub for FasTracks. In the Vidal administration,
and now in the Hancock administration, her responsibilities
have expanded. Her current portfolio comprises all devel-
opment and redevelopment projects in Denver, including the
region-wide FasTracks project and all related transit-oriented
Brad Buchanan, Executive Director, Community Planning
Brad Buchanan was appointed Denver’s planning director by
Mayor Michael B. Hancock in 2014. In this role, he is responsi-
ble for implementing visionary city planning and ensuring safe,
responsible, sustainable building throughout Denver.
A Denver architect for nearly 30 years, Brad was involved with
many design and construction projects throughout the city,
including new commercial and residential projects as well as
adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Brad holds a bachelor’s
degree in environmental design from Miami University in
Oxford, Ohio. He co-authored the “Design Build Teaming
Checklist” and “The Architect’s Guide to Design Build” and has
presented to architects, engineers and contractors across the
U.S. and Canada on the role of the architect as a leader in the
design and construction process. In 2005, he was elevated to
fellowship by the American Institute of Architects.
Jose Cornejo, Executive Director, Public Works
Jose Cornejo joined Mayor Hancock’s cabinet in April 2012 as
the Executive Director of Denver Public Works. In this role, he
leads the following divisions: Street Maintenance; Wastewater;
Traffic Engineering; Policy, Planning and Sustainability; Finance
and Administration; Fleet Management; Solid Waste; Right of
Way Services; and Capital Projects. A professional consulting
engineer with more than 30 years of experience, Jose was for-
merly the president and CEO of a successful engineering firm
in Colorado. He managed a wide range of national and interna-
tional infrastructure projects for the private and public sector.
He attended the University of Colorado, where he received
a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of
Science in Civil Engineering.
Scott Gilmore, Executive Director, Parks and Recreation,
Scott Gilmore brings recreation experience to the department,
having spent the bulk of his career developing education pro-
grams and partnerships at the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He is
a co-founder of Environmental Learning for Kids and previously
served on the Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
Kent Rice, Executive Director, Arts & Venues Denver
Kent Rice was appointed to the position in August 2010
by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and reappointed to the
position by Mayor Hancock in 2011. Prior to joining the city of
Denver, Kent worked for many years as an executive for media
companies owned by Denver-based Liberty Media. He was
President and CEO of International Channel Networks and then
CEO of Starz Animation. Earlier he was Division President for
Time Warner Cable and also served as COO for a Norwegian
cable company, Norkabel. Kent is a Denver native, with three
degrees from Northwestern University: a BA and an MA in
psychology and an MBA in marketing.
Scott Martinez, City Attorney
Mayor Hancock appointed Scott Martinez to serve as Denver
City Attorney in January 2014. Scott brings focus, energy and
an entrepreneurial approach to the five unique roles of Denver’s
chief legal officer, which include serving as lead counsel to all
elected city officials, departments, boards and commissions on
municipal law, transactions and taxation; defender of the city and
its 11,000 employees against legal claims and lawsuits; prosecu-
tor of municipal crime offenders from domestic violence to graf-
fiti and traffic crimes; chief counsel to the country’s third- busiest
transportation hub, Denver International Airport; and protector
of the most vulnerable as the county attorney for Denver Human
Services. Scott grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. He holds a BA
from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a JD from the
University of San Diego School of Law.