John Tayer Bio
As President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, John is honored to lead the organization that serves as Boulder’s unified voice for business interests, advances the community’s economic vitality, and provides valuable business support services. It’s his passion for serving the community that led him to this role, beginning with his early years as a US Senate staff aide in Washington, DC (in exciting roles that evolved from running the Xerox machine and reception desk to something more resembling what you see on C-SPAN). After moving to Boulder for law school, John served in policy and public affairs positions with the Boulder City Manager’s Office and the local pharmaceutical company, Roche Colorado (now Corden Pharma). All along the way, John has immersed himself in volunteer and elected positions that reflect his values, from the governing boards for Intercambio, Eco-Cycle, Resource Central and the Community Foundation to six years as Boulder’s representative on the RTD Board of Directors. It’s a busy life, but John still finds the free time to enjoy this wonderful community. Look for John on the disc golf course, out on the running trails, at any Grateful Dead cover band concert... and it’s always most fun for him when he’s getting time with his sweetheart, Ms. Molly T.
Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council and Associate Vice President for Economic Vitality
Scott Sternberg Bio
Scott Sternberg is the Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council and Associate Vice President for Economic Vitality. Sternberg holds significant leadership experience in international business, entrepreneurial startup ventures, and research technology development. He most recently served as President of Vaisala Inc., a manufacturer of professional weather and industrial environmental sensors, systems and solutions. Prior to his initial employment and escalating roles within Vaisala, Sternberg worked to position the venture capital backed Photometrics for sale to Roper Technologies, where he then worked for a number of years to build their portfolio of digital imaging companies.
Aside from his direct business experience, Sternberg has been actively engaged throughout his career in service to economic development, technology transfer and environmental sustainability goals. He was Chair of the Board of Directors for CO-LABS, helping to position the organization as both a strong advocate for federal research investment and a true partner in the conversion of scientific findings into business enterprise. Sternberg also served on the Board of Trustees for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and currently sits on the External Advisory Board for the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University.
Corine Waldau Bio
Corine joined the Boulder Chamber in June 2014 and continues to love working in a place where she can make a direct impact on the Boulder community, especially through her workforce development endeavors. She brings a background in managing stakeholder-driven organizations and economic development, with over 13 years’ experience in nonprofit organization management, member services, event planning, marketing, research, communications, and association strategic planning. Prior to the Boulder Chamber, Corine was the Alliance Manager for the ten associations under the Public Health Alliance of Colorado, but has also worked for American Water Works Association, Metro Denver Dental Association and the Aurora EDC. She has a Master's of Public Administration from CU Denver and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Currently, Corine serves as the Board Chair for Workforce Boulder County.
Maye Cordero Bio
Maye is a Marketing and Communication Specialist with over fifteen years of combined experience in the entertainment industry and the nonprofit world. She is also a graphic designer and professional photographer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Maye holds a Media Design Master of Fine Arts from Full Sail University in Florida, and currently is part of the Advisory Board for the Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE) program, a collaboration between Mile High United Way and the City of Boulder.
Most recently, Maye has shifted gears from professional photography to work closely with small businesses to help them achieve their marketing and communication goals. She is experienced in developing strategic marketing and communication plan tactics, building brand awareness, increasing online exposure, managing and developing social media campaigns and creating beautiful and meaningful marketing assets for her clients.
When she is not working, Maye enjoys reading, being outdoors, taking care of her plants and practicing conscious meditation.
Scott Firle Bio
As Director of Member Relations, Scott leads the Member Relations department in providing value and support to the 1,300-plus member businesses of the Boulder Chamber, bringing on board new members and securing sponsorships for chamber events and programs. Scott is a graduate of the Boulder County Leadership Fellows program and currently sits on the Niwot Local Improvement District Advisory Committee. When not at a chamber event or in the office you can find Scott spending valuable time with his family, camping in the Rockies, on the golf course or in the pit.
Amy Barz Bio
Amy Barz is a University of Illinois alum with a degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management. She has held various positions over the years, all revolving around organization, management and multi-tasking. Her goal is to make the Chamber office run as efficiently and eco-friendly as possible. In her spare time, Amy enjoys tending to her vegetable garden, baking and taking bike rides around McIntosh Lake.
Jill Granos Bio
Jill Adler Grano is the Senior Director of Policy Programs for the Boulder Chamber, Colorado’s third largest Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, Jill spent three years as the Director of Community Affairs for United States Congressman Joe Neguse. Jill continues to serve with Congressman Neguse as the chairwoman of his Small Business Advisory Council, as a member of his “kitchen cabinet,” and as an advisor on housing policy. In 2017, Jill was elected as Boulder's first ever openly LGBTQ City Council member. Jill served on City Council from 2017 to 2019 and remains active within the city organization and among Boulder’s elected leaders.
Jill is passionate about housing and has fought for access to safe, just, and affordable housing through her work in mobile home communities, on the board of Thistle, as a volunteer at the Boulder Homeless Shelter, and on Boulder’s Board of Zoning Adjustment. During her time on City Council, Jill introduced Boulder's Assault Weapons ban and age increase for firearm ownership, which passed in 2018. The ban was struck down by a judge just days before the tragic King Soopers mass shooting. Jill also played a pivotal role in the campaign to reduce single use bags, which resulted in Boulder's 10 cent bag fee. Prior to serving on City Council, Jill was a board member with New Era Colorado for five years where she sought to engage young people in the political process and advocate for voter rights.
Jill is the proud mother of two sons, ages 17 and 8. Jill received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary, with a major in Government and minors in Fine Art and Art History. In addition to the boards mentioned above, Jill is a former board member of the Boulder Museum of Modern Art and a former member of the Downtown Business Improvement District and the Downtown Boulder Public Policy Committee. Jill was the recipient of BizWest’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2015, Colorado Senior Lobby’s Serving Our Seniors Award in 2017, and the Better Boulder Achievement Award in 2018. In addition to her role at the Boulder Chamber, Jill is currently a mentor to students in the President’s Leadership Class at the University of Colorado and she serves on the Steering Committee for BizWest’s 40 Under 40 Leadership Award Program
Lisa Klemme Bio
Lisa comes from Illinois where she grew-up, went to Bradley University for Public Relations and Marketing and started her career in various sales and marketing roles. She brings experience in tourism with the city of Chicago, hotels, restaurants, associations as well as Membership Director for the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce. Recently relocated to Colorado and Boulder County, Lisa brings passion and desire to build relationships and understand all the wonderful benefits Colorado has to offer. An avid networker, Lisa believes that through great connections, positive and powerful thoughts and actions occur. Still getting to know her new home-state, she and her fiancé are exploring new trails and adventures with their dogs and new friends.
Rachel Childs Bio
Amanda Duffy Bio
Amanda grew up on the East Coast and decided to call Colorado home after her college graduation from The University of Vermont. With a graduation date of May 2020, Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Public Communication.
Prior to her move, she spent her time in Vermont building community, contributing to organizations that prioritize sustainability, and helping expand Vermont’s socially responsible businesses. Most notably, she worked with Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility to pioneer the “Building Better Businesses Toolkit,” a project that outlined a wide range of initiatives for HR specialists across the state to use to better support their employees, communities, and environment. Amanda is excited to continue this work here in Boulder with the Boulder Chamber.
Amanda is a lover of concerts, sunsets, and supporting local and small businesses. Outside of the office, you can find her paddleboarding, searching for the best ice cream cone in town, or planning a trip to somewhere new!
Elaine Erb Bio
Elaine joined BTC in 2017 as the Sustainable Transportation Planner. Her work focuses on assisting businesses and individuals with transportation and commuting options.
Originally from Michigan, Elaine moved to Boulder to pursue a degree in Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She went on to receive her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Colorado, Denver.
Elaine has worked on various transportation projects for the City of Boulder including managing the Love to Ride bike challenges, enhancement of the city transit network, and reviewing crash data for the Safe Streets Report.
Elaine is the Board President for Community Cycles and a volunteer DJ with KGNU where she hosts world music and jazz programming. She also volunteers with Boulder International Film Festival and Chautauqua. In her free time Elaine loves to enjoy Colorado by foot and bike and practicing yoga.
Amanda Mansfield Bio
As Senior Manager of Transportation at the Boulder Chamber, Amanda is excited to oversee the Chamber's sustainable transportation efforts, with a particular focus on administering a world class employer-based travel demand management (TDM) program. Amanda's commitment to environmental conservation and social equity is what led her to join the Chamber and she looks forward to assisting the Chamber in pursuing a more sustainable transportation future for the Boulder region that improves health and mobility for all, particularly those groups that have been historically underserved.
After receiving her BA in Anthropology from Columbia University in NYC in 2004, Amanda served as a volunteer in South Korea and Peru and then as an AmeriCorps member in Portland, OR, advocating for and connecting marginalized community members with resources and services. Amanda continued her passion for public service by working on two political campaigns for progressive female candidates in Oregon and then serving as a Policy Assistant/Operations Manager for the office of then Portland City Councilwoman Amanda Fritz.
Amanda received her MA in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012. Since then, Amanda has pursued enviornmentally sustainable and social justice-focused transportation planning, working at a consulting firm, two City and one regional government agencies, a transit agency and as of December 2021, the Boulder Chamber.
For years, Amanda has served in leadership and support roles with volunteer organizations such as the National Organization for Women, Diverse Fort Collins, the City of Fort Collins' PRIDE Committee, and various City sustainable transportation advisory boards. Amanda, in typical Colorado fashion, loves hiking, biking and adopted dogs! She does not enjoy the taste of beer but realizes that not appreciating micro-brews is a serious Colorado faux pas, and she promises to work on that personality flaw. Amanda lives in Fort Collins with her beloved dog baby Jenny Mansfield.
Devin Edgley Bio
Devin is the Policy Program Specialist coming from the Capitol as a Legislative Aide/Director of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus. She has an Organizational Leadership Master of Science from Regis University and is focused on expanding the Boulder Chamber of Commerce towards state policy engagement.
Devin has experience with organizing events and constituent outreach. Her goal is to represent the members of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and address their concerns or requests for both local and state legislation.
In her spare time, she enjoys working in her garden, tending her chickens, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.
Matt Wiggins Bio
As the Director of Workforce Development, Matt doggedly pursues ways to create and connect opportunities between businesses, job seekers, and burgeoning professionals of Boulder and its surrounding communities. Matt has over 12 years of experience in marketing and communications related to business development and K-12 education. Prior to his role with the Boulder Chamber, he served as the Director of Community and Business Development of St. Vrain Valley Schools, where he helped align career technical education with pertinent skill building activities, local industry needs, and regional workforce initiatives.
Over the past three years, Matt has assumed leadership roles with several chambers, economic development, workforce, and sector partnership boards. He takes a hands-on approach with this work and looks for ways to simplify systems, share impactful stories, and build relationships that improve the economic vitality of our local community.
Judi Zrimec Bio
Judi Zrimec studied business at the Madison Business College. She has administrative experience with financial, pharmaceutical, and aerospace businesses. Judi also has knowledge of non-profits and was a volunteer at Dress for Success Denver. She hopes to share her administrative knowledge with the Boulder Chamber.
Deborah Malden Bio
Deborah Malden is the volunteer Arts Liaison & Advisor at the Boulder Chamber, a role that combines her passion for the arts and business. She loves connecting people, and people to resources, and helping them make good things happen. Deborah is a life-long dancer and started her professional career in banking, which culminated as head of Project Finance for the Americas at UBS, a global financial institution. Her specialty was financing hard infrastructure: roads, energy, and telecommunications. More recently, she has focused on building ‘soft infrastructure,’ the other assets needed for a healthy, vibrant, and just society.
She is the Boulder County appointee to the Scientific & Cultural Facilities Board and a founding board member of Create Boulder, which launched in 2020 to raise relief funding for the arts and strengthen arts advocacy in the City of Boulder. Working in collaboration with the City of Boulder’s Office of Arts & Culture and other arts leaders in the community, Deborah helped launch Boulder Arts Week in 2014 and continues to serve on the City’s Boulder Arts Week advisory group each year. Deborah served on the 2014 advocacy team for the first iteration of the City of Boulder’s Community Cultural and Safety Tax, a sales tax that helped fund renovation of The Dairy ARTS Center, the Museum of Boulder, and multiple city projects. She later served on the City’s Capital Tax Committee that helped identify arts and nonprofit capital projects to be partially funded through the tax extension in 2017. The voters most recently renewed the tax in November 2021 for 15 years. Deborah has served on the boards of multiple nonprofit arts organizations, including 3rd Law Dance/Theater and The Dairy, where she later served as interim executive director. In addition, Deborah is a member of Social Venture Partners Boulder County, a nonprofit that strengthens many of Boulder County’s nonprofits through skills-based volunteerism and financial support. Deborah is a 2021 certified Change Leader with Colorado Creative Industries and co-chair of Colorado Cultural Champions, a new state-wide arts advocacy initiative launched in late 2021 by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.
Deborah loves to ski, hike, bike, and travel with friends and family. Not a day that goes by that she isn’t grateful to live in Boulder.
Equity Amplification Advisor
Amanda Mansfield Bio
Hare, who served for five years early in her career as Director of Programs for the Community Foundation Boulder County, will return to her local roots in a consultant role as the Boulder Chamber’s Equity Amplification Advisor. This new opportunity formalizes Hare’s partnership as an advisor to the Boulder Chamber in its strategic internal and external diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Hare also will also serve as a facilitator and planner for the Leadership Fellows program, which the Boulder Chamber operates in partnership with the Community Foundation.
In serving in this new Equity Amplification Advisor role, Hare noted the serendipity in her responsibilities. “It is wonderful to be engaged in the further evolution of a program that I had the privilege of helping to design and launch during my time with the Community Foundation over twelve years ago.” She added, “I’m excited to return to the Boulder County community and apply my experience in equity strategy development in my work on behalf of traditionally under-resourced communities and populations, all in service to the DE&I efforts of our local business. We will all need to work together towards an inclusive community for a thriving and equitable economy.”
Since her time at the Community Foundation, Hare has led philanthropic efforts on behalf of organizations that help to represent and lift Native Americans, such as the Native American Rights Fund, Native Americans in Philanthropy. She currently serves as National Director for CHANGE Philanthropy, a coalition of philanthropic networks that work to strengthen bridges across funders and communities to advance philanthropic racial equity. Hare will maintain her role at CHANGE Philanthropy while assuming her consulting role as the Boulder Chamber’s Equity Amplification Advisor