Board of Directors | The Bell Policy Center

Board of Directors

Kelly Nordini, Chair, is a senior advisor with Hilltop Public Solutions. Previously, she was chief operating officer of Project New America, and before that she was a deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Bill Ritter. Nordini has worked on many issue and electoral campaigns, including the passage of Referendum C. After leaving Ritter's administration, she served as chief program officer for the Western Conservation Fund. She is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.

Lauren Arnold, Treasurer, is executive director of the Adoption Exchange. Previously, she was chief of staff for the Gill Foundation, and she served as chief financial officer at Visit Denver during the Democratic National Convention. Before moving to Colorado, Arnold was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. She holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.

Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis is vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Before moving into a leadership role with Kaiser, she was a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, and she was a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Allen-Davis, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz.

Kathleen Beatty is a professor and dean emeritus in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. Beatty has been an educator and administrator in Colorado for more than 20 years. She has served on boards and committees for many non-profit organizations, including the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Women's Foundation of Colorado and Rose Community Foundation. She also served on the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Brewer is a philanthropic and political consultant headquartered in Denver. Previously, he was executive director of the Brett Family Foundation, and he was executive director of the Western Colorado AIDS Project before moving to the Front Range to attend law school at the University of Denver. His work has included legal and policy advocacy for the state's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and he served on GLBT panels for Mayors Wellington Webb and John Hickenlooper. Brewer also served as chairman of the board of the ACLU of Colorado.

P. Barclay Jones directs community outreach and services at the University of Colorado's Leadership Resident Academic Program at Williams Village, which teaches students about leadership and helps develop leadership skills and competencies. He previously was vice president of assets for Family Success at Mile High United Way and held positions with the Daniels Fund, Denver Foundation, Hunt Alternatives Fund and the Urban League of Metro Denver.

Olivia Mendoza is the director of strategic partnerships with the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver, where she is responsible for advancement and community outreach strategy. Previously she was the director of the Minority Business Office in the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Olivia has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors, having worked at Wells Fargo and Lucent Technologies. She also spent thirteen years in the nonprofit sector to advance issues that impact the Latino community.


Founding board members

Merle Chambers, 2001-2010

Jean Dubofsky, 2001-2008

Linda Shoemaker, 2001-2011


Past board members

Marcy Morrison, 2002-2006

Linda Morton, 2003-2014

Rosemary Rodriguez, 2002-2007

Gil Romero, 2002-2007

Tim Sweeney, 2009-2013

Scott Martinez, 2007-2015

Penfield Tate III, 2003-2015

Howard B. Gelt, 2015-2016