Board & Staff

About Us

Meet the staff and council of colorado creative industries

At Colorado Creative Industries, we are dedicated to the cultural, educational, and economic welfare of the state of Colorado. The council, a group of private citizens selected by the Governor and recognized for their diverse and knowledgeable perspectives on the arts and their insight into community and state interests, creates policy to benefit the arts in Colorado. The staff is charged with enacting the policies and programs put forth by the council and serving the needs of artists, organizations, and citizens statewide.

If you have questions or comments about the arts in Colorado, the council and its administrative staff would like to hear from you.


1625 Broadway, Suite 2700, Denver, CO 80202
T: 303.892.3802
F: 303892.3848


Council Meetings are open to the public and are held quarterly, typically the 2nd Friday of the month in March, June, September, and December.

Council Members:

The council consists of 11 members who are appointed by the Governor. Colorado Revised Statute 23-9-103 stipulates that council members shall be broadly representative of the major fields of the arts and appointed among private citizens who are widely known for their competence and experience in connection with the arts, as well as their knowledge of community and state interests.


Margaret Hunt

Margaret Hunt

Executive Director

(303) 892-3870 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? Visual Artist
Favorite Dessert Dark Chocolate
Sheila Sears

Sheila Sears

Deputy Director

Youth programs, Poetry Out Loud, Colorado Creates, Change Leaders, Poet Laureate, Folk/Traditional Arts

(303) 892-3852 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? I once drove in a powder puff demo derby.
Favorite Dessert? Colorado Peach Pie
Best Hairstyle? Ironed hippie-hair
Favorite Music Venue? Society Hall in Alamosa
Ruth Bruno

Ruth Bruno

Program Manager

Public Art

(303) 892-3813 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? I make a mean Manhattan (along with other classic cocktails).
Favorite Dessert? Donuts, preferably with maple frosting. Favorite donut to date is from Dough in Brooklyn, but Voodoo in Denver is a close second.
Weirdest job? While traveling, I worked on a horse ranch/olive farm in Spain where our main task was shoveling horse manure among the olive trees.
Favorite Music Venue? The Belly Up in Aspen - I love seeing big name acts in such an intimate space!
Christine Costello

Christine Costello

Program Manager

Creative Districts, Creative Industries Summit, Communications, Colorado Creates

(303) 892-3724 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? Planning parties, making margaritas and stand-up paddle boarding.
Favorite Dessert? Bundt Cake!
Weirdest job? Face painter for Bubbles the clown.
Favorite Music Venue? Mishawaka
Sydney Clapp

Sydney Clapp

Program Assistant

(303) 892-3832 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? Mediocre beatboxing and/or dad jokes.
Favorite Dessert? Any pie from my step-dad’s kitchen.
Musical Guilty Pleasure? John Mayer
Favorite Music Venue? Someone has to say Red Rocks, right?

Sami Wells

Online Systems & Grant Administrator

(303) 892-3822 |
Fun Facts
Hidden Talent? Competed in a Muay Thai tournament
Favorite Dessert? Pound cake
Weirdest job? Radio station morning DJ


Tim Schultz – Chair

Term: Appointed July 2016 and serves at the pleasure of the Governor for no longer than six years.

Tami Graham

Term: July 18st, 2017 - July 1st, 2020


Susan Lander

Term: March 1, 2016 - March 1, 2019


Ismael Guerrero

Term: July 1, 2015 - July 1, 2018

Denver Housing Authority

Pamela Denahy

Term: July 18, 2017 - July 1, 2020

La Junta

Allison Sarmo

Term: August 18, 2011 - July 1, 2014

Brandy Reitter

Term: July 1, 2015 - July 1, 2018

Buena Vista

Anthony Paul

Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Maria Cole

Term: July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016

Klipp Architecture

Virgil Dickerson

Term: July 1, 2015 - July 1, 2018

Illegal Pete's/Greater Than Collective