Chris has worked in public policy and facilitation for over 15 years, the last 13 with Engaged Public. His work has focused primarily on health care, but he has also supported policy development in education and natural resources. Prior to founding Engaged Public, Adams was Director and Associate Director of The Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, California. He has published more than 40 essays in publications including The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He is a past speaker at the distinguished Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, delivering five presentations on the theme “Values and Ethics in a Fragile World.” Adams is president of the board of Denver Urban Gardens, a network of more than 100 community gardens. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Colorado. He is married and has three children.
Brenda brings extensive experience in public policy development, non-profit management, leadership development, and public engagement strategies. She spent a decade in the non-profit sector with youth-oriented and community development organizations and then served for seven years as the Associate Director of the Bighorn Center for Public Policy. Brenda has published several articles on topics that demonstrate the intersection of Colorado history and public policy. Brenda has either been the architect or directly involved with several of the state’s largest public engagement campaigns on critical public policy issues. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver.
Dave Downs, MD
Dave has practiced primary care internal medicine in Denver for the last 23 years. He has been actively engaged in the medical and health policy communities of Colorado, serving as Chair of Medicine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and as President of the Colorado Medical Society. He was a member of the 208 commission, and the formative steering committees for CORHO and CIVHC. He has worked delivering care in Ecuador and Tanzania, loves hiking, climbing, skiing, diving and his wife, Deb Parsons. His passion is the collaborative search for policy solutions to what ails health care.
Director of Consumer Health Engagement
Kelly Shanahan Marshall
Kelly has nine years experience working on health care issues and community development in Colorado. She also has two years of international work experience – in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar and with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Bolivia. Kelly has a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a native of Fort Collins and now resides with her husband Adam and daughter Lillian in Wheat Ridge. She loves hiking, skiing, fishing, traveling the world, and spending quality time with her family.
Senior Project Specialist
Kristen has three years of experience working on large and small scale public engagement efforts including Colorado's Future, TBD Colorado and the Biennial of the Americas. As an undergrad at Colorado State University, she dedicated much of her time to service-learning including the Key Service Community as a first year student, focusing on service in parks and natural areas. She later served as a mentor and partnership coordinator for that same program. She enjoys traveling and has been on several service trips including one with the Public Service Scholars Program where she traveled to Ecuador to engage in social and environmental justice issues.
Maureen began her work in public policy as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Share Our Strength, a national hunger organization. During her service year, Maureen fundraised, developed and implemented a SNAP outreach program for Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters classes. A graduate from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, Maureen double majored in Political Science and Comparative Sociology. While in school, she studied and aided in the implementation of a community-led park improvement project and volunteered with local school-based organizations.
Web Simulation Developer
Josh has a passion for utilizing the ever-changing possibilities presented by the Internet to engage people. He developed and managed the technical side of Backseat Budgeter.