Steering Committee

Since 2013, a group of thought leaders have been discussing the need for and value to our communities and landscapes of a backbone organization supporting the region’s conservation and stewardship organizations. In 2016-17, these leaders became Metro DNA’s first interim Steering Committee and began strategic planning efforts.

Current members of the Steering Committee are:

Previous Steering Committee members have included:

  • Denver Botanic Gardens, Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, Director of Marketing & Social Responsibility
  • Great Outdoors Colorado, Jackie Miller, Director of Programs
  • Mile High Connects, Jeff Su, Executive Director
  • National Wildlife Federation, Brian Kurzel, Colorado Executive Director
  • Trust for Public Land, Emily Patterson, Director, Parks for People Program, Colorado Program
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service, Delissa Padilla Nieves, Urban Wildlife Conservation Program, Mountain-Prairie Region
  • US Forest Service, Dana Coelho, Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager, Rocky Mountain Region
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Anna Zawisza, Director of Community Relations & Strategic Partnerships

Metro DNA invites active partners from multiple sectors including federal, state, and local governments; academic institutions; non-profit organizations; and for-profit entities to join our community of leaders working for a region that is a thriving place for people and nature.