On November 4, 2013, Katherine Archuleta was appointed by President Barack Obama to be the first Latina to the lead the US Office of Personnel Management. Overseeing the Human Resources management of the entire federal government, Ms. Archuleta was responsible for the recruitment, hiring, development and support of federal workers throughout the country. As one of her priorities, she focused on building a federal workforce that reflected the people it serves through recruitment, engagement, and diversity and inclusion strategies. Her plan for these important strategies has become the blueprint for the OPM’s federal hiring reform and personnel development efforts. She traveled extensively as the President’s workforce ambassador throughout the US resulting in an extensive understandings of the valuable partnerships to be had between public, non-profit and private entities who are seeking diverse workforces.
Archuleta also served in senior leadership positions for Denver Mayors Federico Pena and John Hickenlooper as well as in the Departments of Transportation and Energy in the Clinton Administration. She was Chief of Staff to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis during the first two years of the Obama Administration. Accumulating nearly 20 years in public service along with leadership roles in the nonprofit sectors in both Colorado and New Mexico, Ms. Archuleta has been recognized nationally and locally for her dedication to supporting the role of Latinos and women in public and private sector leadership roles.
Kendra Sandoval native Denver Latina, has 18 years of experience organizing national, regional, and local community stakeholders using models which support bridging the gap between policy, sustainability, and community. Sandoval’s tactical experience includes both program and project design, management and leadership.
Sandoval is experienced in complex government/community integration and has led high value business teams and projects for urban and community advances including capacity building, sustainability programming, and local food systems development. She excels at helping government; commercial and foundational organizations meet the goals of balancing the triple bottom-line which include fiscal, environmental, and social health. She lectures on this work both locally and nationally.
Her expertise in local community partnership building has led to ongoing neighborhood-focused solutions. She builds capacity among diversified bi-lingual constituencies achieving ongoing consensus building.
Dana Bryson brings over 25 years of experience in public, business enterprise and nonprofit sectors to increase social impact investment and grow community capacity. Ms. Bryson has also been a Cabinet level appointee for two US Mayors, (Jerry Brown and Anthony Williams) and was a senior appointee for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In these roles she served Mayoral Chief of Staff or had oversight for City Operations.
She has worked as a Senior Vice President for a real estate investment firm (MacFarlane Partners) and as an advisor for an agricultural investment fund. She has extensive experience working with social enterprise investments with various organizations as a nonprofit advocate, activist, founder, funder, board member, chair and advisor. She founded the Common Good City Farm (DC’s largest urban farm) and currently Chairs the Board of Denver Urban Gardens.
Jade has over ten years of experience in operations, project and brand management. Their experience includes managing multi-million dollar contracts, successfully launching brick and mortar as well as digital brands, starting nonprofits, creating and executing messaging and marketing plans and being in the forefront of several social justice campaigns.
As the Project Manager for many contracts with the City of Sacramento Jade was responsible for overseeing long-term strategy and high-level branding, budget planning and tracking, as well as scope of work management. In addition to working with city governments they have also worked on voter initiative state contracts including the California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) focusing on furthering the environmental literacy for the youth in California. Jade has mastered the art of lean project management and launched countless successful projects, brands and websites.