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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

and Development

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.