Edit ModuleShow Tags

Global difference-maker, Jamie Van Leeuwen, strives to empower others

Colorado Governor's senior adviser and director of the office of community partnership founded the non-governmental organization Global Livingston Institute in 2000



Founder and CEO, the Global Livingston Institute | Senior adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper

Jamie Van Leeuwen founded the non-governmental organization Global Livingston Institute in 2009 to help students and community leaders form partnerships to find innovative solutions to poverty and unemployment in East Africa.

Separately, he works for Gov. John Hickenlooper as senior adviser and director of the Office of Community Partnerships, which works on everything from obtaining funding for permanent supportive housing for the homeless to getting 1,000 people to ride bicycles in the Pedal the Plains tour.

Van Leeuwen, who completed his Ph.D. in public policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, says the key to success in both jobs is to empower others.

“To influence and impact change you turn that control over to the communities you work with,” he says. “To truly be effective, you need to listen and think before you act. How do you create jobs so people can take care of their families? That’s what people really want. They want to feel empowered.”

Edit Module
Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

Get more content like this: Subscribe to the magazine | Sign up for our Free e-newsletter

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Using Artificial Intelligence to Progress and Evolve Global Languages

In this context, language itself becomes a cultural taxonomy, and with more than 7,000 languages left to preserve, it has the potential for becoming the largest museum in the world with associated universities, hotels, culture-inspired retail centers and more.

Aurora's Transit-Oriented Public Art Serves as Attraction and Economic Engine

The collaborative efforts were acknowledged by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts in 2018, with multiple transit stop projects included in the honor.

Colorado, Cryptocurrency and Coinsource

The business community and residents will surely move the proverbial needle in Colorado: By advocating for grassroots change, local communities can showcase crypto’s unique value proposition and demand that mainstream regulators and corporations take notice.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags