About the 2019 Policy Framework

Boulder Chamber Public Policy Goals & Objectives


Home to a world-class research university, wide mix of key industry clusters, major government research facilities, visionary entrepreneurs, and the nation’s most highly educated population, Boulder’s economy is truly unique in size, diversity, and character.


    • Aerospace
    • Biosciences
    • Energy
    • Information Technologies/Software
    • Natural Products
    • Outdoor Recreation
    • Tourism
    • Research (including CU Boulder and the federal labs)


    • 7,000 employers (5 or more employees)
    • 93,300 jobs
    • Over 700 primary employers
    • 108,500 population
    • Top research university
    • 14 federally-funded research labs
    • Nationally-recognized center of entrepreneurship and innovation

As Boulder’s leading economic vitality and business support organization, the Boulder Chamber advocates for local and regional policies that foster and strengthen this rare economic ecosystem. The Boulder Chamber helps new businesses through their start up phases, and supports established businesses and non-profits to innovate, thrive, and continue to serve the community now and into the future.


Every year, the Boulder Chamber’s Policy Framework highlights the issues most critical to our member businesses and organizations and sets the baseline policy positions that guide our advocacy work. As an overarching principle, the Boulder Chamber seeks to balance the long and short-term economic interests of our community with the social and environmental values that make Boulder such a special place to live, work and play.


Our goal is to advance the Boulder Chamber’s mission, ensuring that the Boulder area remains economically vibrant, attractive to businesses, and a hub for leadership in innovation and entrepreneurship. In all cases, while working to achieve the above goals, the Boulder Chamber’s policy positions reflect careful attention to the social and environmental values that sustain community health, support social equity and preserve Boulder’s high quality of life.


The Boulder Chamber recognizes that Boulder’s long-term economic stability requires public policy that is rooted in good governance principles, reflects broadly representative and inclusive civic participation, and is informed by proper data and analysis. During our policy development, the Boulder Chamber convenes and collaborates with community groups and local and regional leadership to identify the most sustainable solutions for our community and economy. To this end, the Boulder Chamber approaches public debate over policy issues in an intentionally constructive fashion that seeks to bridge the spectrum of competing perspectives and arrive at solutions that advance the Boulder community’s long-term interests.

The Boulder Chamber develops policy positions based on feedback from the community, our members, a thorough review by the Chamber’s Community Affairs Council, and final approval of the Boulder Chamber Board of Directors.

The Boulder Chamber's Community Affairs Council

The Boulder Chamber’s business advocacy efforts never rest. We are constantly watching, analyzing and speaking up for a vibrant prosperous Boulder. Boulder is unique, and that makes us a special Chamber, serving our business members and supporting a strong economy in a way that reflects Boulder values.

The Community Affairs Council is a policy advisory committee tasked to accomplish the following goals through a systematic process:

  • Identify and address community issues of concern to Boulder Chamber members and Boulder businesses.
  • Provide input and perspective on behalf of Boulder Chamber members and the general business community on public policy issues.
  • Recommend policy direction and positions to consider by the Board of Directors.

Public Affairs Team:

Lori Call
Senior Director of Policy Programs
(303) 938-2084

Andrea Meneghel
Director of Public Affairs
(303) 938-2077

John Tayer
President & CEO
(303) 442-1058

Clif Harald
Executive Director,
Boulder Economic Council
(303) 786-7567

Christina Spruiell
Public Affairs Communication Manager
(303) 938-2091

Public Affairs Consultants:

Liz Hanson
(303) 859-0333

Deborah Malden
(303) 442-1044

Elisabeth Patterson
(303) 442-1044

2019 Community Affairs Council

  • Ken Hotard
    Boulder Area Realtors Association
    (2018 CAC Co-Chair)
  • Tim O’Shea
    Engage Colorado
  • Jonathan Dings
    Boulder Valley School District
  • Richard Polk
    Pedestrian Shops / Dairy Center
  • Adrian Sopher
    Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
  • Stephen Sparn
    Sopher Sparn Architects, LLC
  • Dan Powers
  • Kim Calomino
    University of Colorado
  • Sean Maher
    Downtown Boulder Partnership
  • Gordon Riggle
    Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado
  • Nikki McCord
    McCord Consulting Group
  • Jay Kalinski
    ReMax of Boulder
  • Judy Amabile
    Polar Bottle/Product Architects
  • Matthew Rarden
    Premier Members Credit Union
  • Susan Buchanan
    Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center/Human Services Alliance of Boulder County
  • Bill Rigler
  • Peter Aweida
    Westland Development Services
  • Aaron Spear
    Community Banks of Colorado
  • Danica Powell
    Trestle Strategy Group
  • Dan Wittenberg
    Snell & Wilmer
  • Morgan McMillan
    The Community Foundation
  • Nikhil Mankekar
    Naked Sunrise
  • Ed Byrne
    Ed Byrne, PC
  • Bruce Borowsky
    Triple Threat Digital, Boulder Digital Arts
  • Scott Holton
    Element Properties
  • Clif Harald
    Boulder Economic Council
  • John Tayer
    Boulder Chamber
  • Bob Morehouse
    Vermilion (2018 CAC Co-Chair)
  • Bonifacio Sandoval
    First National Bank
  • Monica Lang
    Zayo Group
  • Andrew Shoemaker
    Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz
  • Makenzie Lystrup
    Ball Aerospace
  • Ariel Solomon
    Premier Mortgage Group
  • Lauren Lambert
  • Jason Isenberg
    BBVA Compass
  • Paul Nashak
    Mountain Sun Pub & Breweries
  • Alana Malone
    Green Dot Labs
  • Brian Coppom
    Boulder County Farmers Market
  • Chelsea Jewell
    Gibbons White, Bolder Young Professionals
  • Erik Abrahamson
  • Dennis Paul
    Elevations Credit Union
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