As one of the "Gang of Four" with Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Rutt Bridges, she spearheaded a progressive push that helped turn Colorado blue.
As chief innovation officer to Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Colorado Technology Association CEO Erik Mitisek works to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in the state, overseeing the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), which hosts innovation summits and other events.
Kroenke is one of the most notable sports moguls on the planet. His Denver empire includes the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Rapids, Dick's Sporting Goods Park and the Colorado Mammoth.
With a net worth of $7.2 billion, Malone is one of the giants of the cable industry. He served as CEO of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI), the pioneering Denver company for more than 20 years before its 1999 acquisition by AT&T.
He's focused much of his energy on philanthropy since the company's 2011 sale, serving on the boards of Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation and University of Colorado Hospital.
The parent of Richmond American Homes, Denver-based MDC is now one of the largest homebuilders in the country.
Nancy Rice was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1998 and became Chief Justice in 2014, putting her in charge of a judicial branch with 324 judges, 74 magistrates, 4,000 staff members, and has an annual budget of more than $534 million.
He campaigned on job creation and infrastructure improvements and made some serious inroads in his first year on the job to fulfill both promises.
The number of students taking Advanced Placement classes has tripled under his watch as DPS has earned acclaim for its school-choice program, ranked as the best among major cities by the Brookings Institution.
Formerly John Hickenlooper's chief of staff when he served as the city's mayor, Brough is known as a convener and collaborator, critical for a role that requires balancing the needs of the chamber's disparate membership.
Phillips is president of Shaw Business Infrastructure Services, a division of Shaw Communications, which acquired ViaWest in 2014
During Benson’s tenure, CU’s research funding has reached record levels, including $924 million in 2015-16. The university has seen its six best fundraising years — including a record $384.5 million in 2015-16 — and Benson also helped secure legislation that would enable the university to run more efficiently, saving millions in procurement, insurance and construction.