Staff & Council

At Colorado Creative Industries, we are dedicated to the cultural, educational, and economic welfare of the state of Colorado. The council, a group of private citizens selected by the Governor and recognized for their diverse and knowledgeable perspectives on the arts and their insight into community and state interests, creates policy to benefit the arts in Colorado. The staff is charged with enacting the policies and programs put forth by the council and serving the needs of artists, organizations, and citizens statewide.

If you have questions or comments about the arts in Colorado, the council and its administrative staff would like to hear from you.


Margaret Hunt, 303.892.3870
Public Policy and Creative Districts 

Ruth Bruno 303.892.3813
Program Associate
Public Art

Christy Costello, 303.892.3724
Program Manager
Creative Industries Summit, Communications, Colorado Creates, Career Advancement, Accessibility

Caitlin Hedrick 303.892.3822
Program Associate
Change Leaders, Grants Programs

Sheila Sears, 303.892.3852
Deputy Director
Youth programs, Poetry Out Loud, Colorado Creates, Career Advancement, Change Leaders, Poet Laureate, Folk/Traditional Arts

Jeanette Albert, 303.892.3838
Salesforce Manager
Grants technical support 

Office Location:
Colorado Creative Industries 

A Division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

1625 Broadway, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202.. t: 303.892.3802.. f: 303.892.3848


Council Meetings are open to the public and are held quarterly, typically the 2nd Friday of the month in March, June, September and December. 

Council Members:
The council consists of 11 members who are appointed by the Governor. Colorado Revised Statute 23-9-103 stipulates that council members shall be broadly representative of the major fields of the arts and appointed among private citizens who are widely known for their competence and experience in connection with the arts, as well as their knowledge of community and state interests.

Robert B. Clasen - Chair
Term: Appointed July 2010 and serves at the pleasure of the Governor for no longer than six years.

Dave Boger
Term: August 18, 2011 - July 1, 2014 
Jiberish Clothing

Jesse Elliot
Term: July 1, 2014 - July 1, 2017

Robert Hammond
Term: July 23, 2011 - July 1, 2015 
Commissioner of Education

Ameet Patel
Term: July 1, 2014 - July 1, 2017


Allison Sarmo
Term: August 18, 2011 - July 1, 2014

Marianne Virgili
Term: November 10, 2009 - July 1, 2015
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association

Anthony Paul
Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Maria Cole
Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016
Klipp Architecture

Lenna Watson
Term: July 1, 2012 - July 1, 2015



Kyle Zeppelin
Term: August 18, 2011 - July 1, 2014 
Zeppelin Development