Executive Director Maria De Cambra
Before joining the Department of Local Affairs, Director De Cambra served as the Director of Communications and Community Engagement on Governor Jared Polis's Executive team. During her time in the Governor’s office, she worked closely with Governor Polis on delivering on his first-term priorities of free full-day kindergarten, universal preschool, and saving Coloradans money on health care. She also played a critical role in the Colorado COVID response and migrant humanitarian crisis. Before working with Governor Polis, she was Mayor Pro-Tem to the City of Westminster, where she championed affordable housing development. De Cambra has spent almost two decades leading community organizing and public policy efforts.
Director De Cambra has served as the Westminster City Council Liaison to the Adams County Economic Development Board, the Affordable Housing Task Force, the Human Services Board, the Northern Area Transit Alliance, and the Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee. She has also served on the board of directors of various Colorado non-profit organizations. In 2020, the Denver Business Journal awarded her the “40 under 40” award.
De Cambra was born in Tallahassee, FL, and spent her childhood in Caracas, Venezuela. In 2000, she moved to the United States to study at The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Political Science. In 2017, Director De Cambra completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.
Dionne Stroter, Deputy Executive Director
Prior to joining DOLA, Dionne served as the Executive Director of Denver’s Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA), an agency whose primary focus is improving outcomes for children and youth in Denver with an emphasis on programs that serve our most vulnerable and low-opportunity populations. A longtime public servant, Dionne has had leadership roles in several city agencies in addition to OCA including the Department of Finance, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Parks and Recreation and General Services. She also participated in the city’s Retail Marijuana advisory team, helping to develop the city’s regulations and processes when retail marijuana was legalized in 2014. Dionne’s passion is state and municipal governance, and she is a fierce advocate for using the resources of local government to promote equity, remove barriers, and ensure every member of the community is included in long range plans.
A Denver native, Dionne has been a dedicated advocate for children and youth in Denver’s Far Northeast neighborhoods, having lived in the area for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she attained a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology. In 2010 she received a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and she has been an active alumnus for several years.
An active participant in numerous community efforts, Dionne has served as the chair of the Aurora Cultural Affairs Commission and is currently the co-chair of the Central Park United Neighbors Equity and Diversity committee. She is also a graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver Program and is a current member of the Civic DNA cohort. In her personal life she is an accomplished crafter and a single mom to two emerging adults.
Casie Stokes, Board of Assessment Appeals Board Administrator
Casie leads the BAA’s mission of ensuring Colorado taxpayers have access to a fair and impartial hearing process. Casie directs a team of five staff in supporting the work of the nine-member Board that resolves property tax appeals at the State level. Before joining the BAA, Casie clerked at the trial and appellate court levels, and practiced as an assistant county attorney in county and state court and before administrative bodies, including in the area of property tax litigation. She was instrumental in building Jefferson County’s child support problem solving court, a leading-edge and collaborative alternative that provides resources to assist participants in overcoming barriers. She holds a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law, and a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of Iowa.
Alison George, Division of Housing Director
Alison George is the state director of housing serving the Colorado Division of Housing (DOH) in the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), where she directs all DOH programs, ranging from statewide housing voucher programs and manufactured housing code and mobile home park regulatory oversight, to Federal and State funding for constructing new affordable housing. Alison brings more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing finance and development. Before joining DOH, Alison served Mercy Housing Colorado as its Regional Vice President of Multifamily Housing and the Michaels Development Company as its Vice President of Development overseeing housing development in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Chantal Unfug, Division of Local Government 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 Global-minded Boards of Directors. She is a graduate of Boston University.
JoAnn Groff, Division of Property Taxation 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 State 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.