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Rick M. Garcia, Executive Director

Rick M. Garcia has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging in the fields of government, nonprofit and private sectors across the nation. He most recently served as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Region VIII in the administration of President Barack Obama. In addition, Rick was designated as Senior Policy Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on Sustainability representing the field offices. He also served as HUD liaison to the Denver Metropolitan's Regional Air Quality Council which advised the Governor and the General Assembly on Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards.

In 2010 Rick was appointed to his role as HUD Regional Administrator, where he oversaw the delivery of HUD's homeownership, affordable housing, community development, fair housing, and Native American housing programs on behalf of HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. He directed the management of HUD's regional office in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.

Previously in his career, Rick was elected to the Denver City Council in June 2003. He focused on economic revitalization, access to new transit projects and business development in the city during his tenure. He was recognized in 2006 by the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado and the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Government/Community Advocate of the Year.

Rick has also been an RTD Board Commissioner. During his tenure, he brought the necessary stability and credibility to the RTD board to get voter’s to successfully pass the FasTracks initiative.

He has also served as State Director of Small Business Development in the Office of Former Governor Roy Romer while managing his business development career with the E. W. Hahn Company of San Diego, CA. While living in Pueblo, he also worked for the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation.
 
Some of Rick’s honorary service to government include, being appointed as a former Board Chair of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and serving as Vice Chair of the NEWSED Community Development Corporation. Rick is also a founding Community Advisor to the University of Colorado's Latino/a Research and Policy Center. Garcia also served as a board member and as chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). He served as co-chair of a newly formed Foreclosure Task Force designed to look at the growing problem of home foreclosures and abandoned properties.

Rick has a Master of Public Administration Degree from the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business administration from Columbia College.

Executive Director's Office Staff

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs' Executive Director's Office provides leadership and support to the Department's divisions. Department services strengthen the capacity of Colorado's communities and local governments through a range of unique functions including affordable housing, financial and technical assistance to local governments and ensuring the equitable administration of property tax law throughout the state.
 

Natriece Bryant, Deputy Executive Director

Natriece Bryant joined the Department of Local Affairs’ as the Chief Administrative
Officer (CAO) in January 2018. She brings legislative, communications, operations,
public relations and outreach experience to the department. She has served the state
earlier in her career for the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), division of
Banking and Financial Services. She worked with disadvantaged communities to provide
financial education to students, seniors, low income and middle class families as well
as served as the statewide representative for financial empowerment and began
working to break down barriers when it came to financial inequity.

She began her state governmental career at the Colorado Department of Revenue for the Division of Motor  Vehicles in Driver’s License Administration on multiple community issues. She educated consumers about  legislative changes, fraud activity and new implementation of administrative rules and regulations for the  State. She also worked for the Marijuana Enforcement Division focusing on marijuana regulation with  marijuana businesses to successfully implement a business model in compliance with state law. This  included work with law enforcement agencies to ensure all businesses were operating in full compliance and  outside of the black market, preventing marijuana from entering the hands of children in Colorado. 

Prior to joining the state she served worked with elder and domestic violence victims for the Denver City  Attorney’s Office. She started the Elder Cohort in Denver which was made up of local District Attorney’s,  local law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, victim service units and the general public. 

Natriece holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications from the University of Colorado; Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado – Denver;  and a Master  of Business Administration (MBA) from Regis University.

Bruce Eisenhauer, Legislative Liaison

Prior to joining DOLA, Bruce worked extensively with municipal governments. He served as the Interim City Manager for the City of Laramie, Wyoming, the City Manager for Evans, Colorado, the Administrator and Economic Development Director for Waconia, Minnesota and the Community Development Director for St. Peter, Minnesota. He worked for a private firm, specializing in economic development and served as a Main Street Development Director, specializing in downtown development in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Bruce has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing, both from Mankato State University, Minnesota.

James McCoy, Finance Director

James McCoy joined the legislative staff of the Joint Budget Committee in December 1998 where he served for six legislative sessions with a two-year hiatus in 2000 and 2001 to travel across Africa. He became the IT Budget Director for the Department of Revenue in July 2006 and then transferred into the Department's central budget office in November 2007. In October 2009, James became the Finance Director for Colorado Correctional Industries where he served in that capacity until being hired as the Budget Director for the Department of Local Affairs in October 2015. 

Gerri BragdonExecutive Assistant, 303-864-7860

Jennifer Clayman, Human Resources Director

Yingtse Cha, Controller

Brett McPherson, Communications Specialist

Division Directors

Board of Assessment Appeals

Kristin F. Rozansky, Board Administrator

Kristin joined the Board staff in June 2018.  She received her B.S.W. from  Colorado State University and her J.D. from the University of Colorado.  She has  worked for the Office of the Attorney General representing boards from the  Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA); for the State Personnel Board as an  Administrative Law Judge and the Director; for the Department of Personnel &  Administration as a Chief Operating Officer and Chief Performance Officer; and  as the Deputy Division Director of Operations for the Division of Professions and  Occupations at DORA.  

Disaster Recovery

David Bowman, CDBG-DR Director

Dave Bowman currently serves as the CDBG-DR Director for the State of Colorado  within the Department of Local Affairs.  He coordinates over $320 million in  Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery working with multiple  agencies in the implementation of grant programs serving impacted households,  business and local governments.  Prior to returning to Colorado, he served as  Director of Strategic Initiatives and Performance Management at the Office of  Community Development’s Disaster Recovery Unit in the State of Louisiana.  This  agency managed $14 billion in Disaster CDBG over three different disasters from  Hurricane Katrina in 2005 up to Hurricane Isaac in 2012. 

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, he was the Assistant Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Commission  where he worked on workforce development policy and information development for the Occupational  Forecasting Conference.  When Hurricane Katrina struck in August of 2005, he was tasked to the Governor’s  Office to work recovery issues and assist in the formation of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA).  He  became the Director of Research and Special Projects for the newly created LRA in June of 2006.  In 2008,  the Louisiana Recovery Authority merged with the Office of Community Development where his work in  disaster recovery continued with the arrival of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  He has worked on a variety of  projects including post-Katrina population estimates, damage assessments, resource allocations and policy  and program development.   

Dave has served in Louisiana state government from September of 1999 until his move to Colorado state  government in March of 2014.  Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer and in the  U.S. Peace Corps as a secondary school science and math teacher in Swaziland, Africa.  He has an MBA with  concentrations in public administration and information systems from Louisiana State University and a  Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado. 

Housing

Alison George, Division Director  

Alison George serves the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), Division of  Housing (DOH), as its Director, where she directs all DOH programs, ranging  from housing voucher programs and building code regulatory oversight, to  funding for constructing new affordable housing. Alison was the DOH deputy  director prior to taking the helm, and brings more than 20 years of experience  in affordable housing development. 

Before joining DOH, Alison served Mercy  Housing Colorado as its regional vice president of Multifamily Housing where she provided overall direction for rental housing developments in Colorado, from initial project conception through the completion and occupancy of the developments. Highlighting Ms. George’s work, she led  Mercy’s efforts to acquire the Aromor Apartments, a historic hotel one block south of Colorado’s state  Capitol, from the Denver Housing Authority in 2008. Mercy Housing rehabilitated the historic hotel in  partnership with Denver’s Road Home as permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Before Mercy  Housing, Alison was the Vice President of Development at the largest owner/developer of affordable housing  in the country, the Michaels Development Company, where she oversaw affordable housing tax credit and  Hope VI projects totaling more than $130 million in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. 

 

Local Government

Chantal Unfug, Division Director 

Chantal’s early career as a business woman and part time ski instructor in Aspen and
Winter Park led her on a continued path as an advocate for community and economic
development, neighborhood stabilization and revitalization, including serving as the
Director of the Women's Business Office under Governor Roy Romer and as the Manager of Denver Parks and Recreation under Mayor Guillermo "Bill" Vidal.

Chantal blended her experiences in international communications, business ownership in
the medical and biotechnology finance arena with her public sector career in community
and economic development, policy implementation, legislative affairs and management.
She has worked in local governments on the front range and western slope, having served
under two governors, three Denver mayors, and as a county administrator. Her expertise ranges from organizational and managerial effectiveness, performance leadership, communications and community and economic development. She is a skilled negotiator and excels at strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.

This path led Chantal to the Department of Local Affairs to serve as Director of the Division of Local Government in 2013. Since this time she has lead over 65 employees provide research, technical assistance, problem solving and expertise on community and economic development with a focus on local governance. She also oversees multiple unique state and federal grant programs, with 4 advisory committees distributing over $200M annually to strategically invest annually in over 1000 local community development and resilience projects. Over the past 5 years in DOLA, she has identified multiple gaps and trends to successfully develop, implement and launch programs to address the needs of communities across Colorado, including for example, 4R- Rural Response, Recovery and Resilience, Colorado Resilience Office, and Rural
Economic Development Initiative.

Having served on several community boards in her career and is currently serving on the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Resource Center and Globalminded Boards of Directors. She is a graduate of Boston University.

 

Property Taxation

JoAnn Groff, Property Tax Administrator

The State Board of Equalization appointed JoAnn Groff Colorado’s Property Tax  Administrator on January 1, 2006.  She is responsible for maintaining a professional  working relationship with County Assessor's, the General Assembly, the Department of  Local Affairs, the Governor’s office, other elected officials, various industry groups and  Colorado’s property owners. 
She is responsible for administration of fair and equitable property taxation in the tate of Colorado as well as maintaining a strong, professional relationship with various 
county and state elected officials, a variety of state agencies, industry groups and the state’s taxpayers.  

Before JoAnn’s tenure as the Property Tax Administrator, she devoted much of her career to public service  in the state of Colorado.  She served as a state legislator from 1983 to 1989, as a member of the State Board  of Equalization from 1993 to 2005 and spent 13 years as the President of the Colorado Retail Council, a  not-for-profit membership based trade association for Colorado’s retailers.   

JoAnn studied at Georgetown University and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston College.  Additionally, JoAnn is the recipient of a Gates Foundation Fellowship and attended the Harvard University’s  John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.