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Michele McKinney has been selected to chair the South Metro Denver Chamber board of directors. The term is one year.
McKinney is from the University of Colorado system. She served as vice chair of the board last year, and also as chair of the chamber's Legislative Action Committee.
McKinney is the assistant vice president of external relations and advocacy for the University of Colorado system, serving all four CU campuses, as well as CU South Denver in Lone Tree. Her operations are part of CU President Bruce Benson's office.
“The chamber is both honored and excited to have Michele serve as our chair. Her vision, enthusiasm and pragmatic leadership style fit well with our organization as we continue to grow and thrive prosper in the South Metro Denver area” said Robert Golden, the group's president and CEO.
McKinney is the first higher education representative to serve as the chamber's chair of the board of directors. McKinney, who has been in her position with CU for more than six years, had been a speechwriter and chief spokesperson for two CU presidents from 2002-2008. She also has worked for Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Before entering higher education, she worked in medical device sales and public relations.
The chamber's board includes a variety of representatives of the south Denver business and civic communities. About one-third of the board are new members this year.
“I am excited to work with the board to tap their expertise to not just lead the chamber, but to create and support programs and services that benefit our members,” McKinney said. “The south Denver region is growing by leaps and bounds, which is exciting and a sign of economic strength, but growth needs to be thoughtful and strategic, particularly with transportation, water and our school systems. The chamber will be monitoring policies and growth areas to see where we can help influence policy and development.”
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