Opening Keynote Address
Colorado State Demographer
Elizabeth is the State Demographer with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, an agency focused on strengthening the capacity of Colorado’s communities and local governments. She leads the State Demography Office, which produces population and economic estimates and forecasts for use by state agencies and local governments. Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience analyzing population and economic trends in the state, and her current areas of research include aging in Colorado, characteristics of migration, and poverty. Elizabeth is an economist and received her B.A. in Business at the University of San Diego, her masters in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. She is also a Colorado native, something only 43% of the state’s population can claim.
Lt. Governor Donna Lynne
Donna Lynne was sworn in as Colorado's 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer on May 12th, 2016. She previously served as the executive vice president for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions. Dr. Lynne is recognized as one of the top women business leaders in Denver and one of the top 25 Women in Healthcare in the nation. She holds a bachlor's degree in Economics and Political Science from University of New Hampshire, a Masters of Public Administration from George Washington Unversity, and Doctor of Public Health from Columbia University.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Director
Bob is an avid outdoorsman who loves Colorado and its abundant natural and recreational resources. Broscheid took the helm at Colorado Parks and Wildlife in 2013. He holds a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from Arizona State University and is a graduate of the National Conservaion Leadership Institute. Prior to becoming Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, he was a biologist, Habitat Branch Chief and Deputy Director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Closing Keynote Address
Founder of Clearwater Communications
A self-described vegan-turned-hunter, Tovar is the author of The Mindful Carnivore, which has earned praise from hunters, ecologists, and vegetarians alike. Focused on bridging value and finding common ground, Tovar has consulted and presented for dozens of conservation and education institutions, including the Wildlife Management Institute, The Wildlife Society, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and many state wildlife agencies. His writing has appeared in Outdoor America, High Country News, The Atlantic, and Petersen's Hunting, among other publications. Tovar is a hunter-education instructor and holds a PhD in Communication from UMass-Amherst.