Introducing the 2019 Impact Awards Jury!
Bruce Alexander has served as president and chief executive of Vectra Bank Colorado since March 2000. Prior to leading Vectra, Alexander was executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), which helps drive Denver’s economic growth and urban vitality. He spent the previous 20 years leading and managing other financial institutions across Colorado.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Alexander has developed a long history of community involvement. He was appointed twice as a director of the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He has served in leadership roles as chair of the board of directors for the Downtown Denver Partnership, Denver Health and Hospital Authority and Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. In addition to serving as past chair and current board member for the Colorado Bankers Association and Visit Denver, he also serves on the boards for Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and The Nature Conservancy.
Cameron Bertron is the Senior Vice President, Development Services, with EnviroFinance Group.Cameron Berton manages the real estate and financing components of brownfield and Infill projects. With more than a decade of public and private sector real estate experience, he brings a hands-on understanding of how successful public–private partnerships are structured and financed. Career Highlights: Redevelopment Manager for the Denver Urban Renewal Authority; helped facilitate and finance infill projects ranging from adaptive reuse of historic structures to repurposing major facilities into entirely new neighborhoods. Other Experience: market analysis, underwriting and pro forma development, community process, and site development; develops development strategies that are cost effective, market feasible and consistent with the goals and objectives of the surrounding community.
Dr. Barbara Jackson is the Director of the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at Daniels College of Business. Prior to this, she worked with the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she was a professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Construction Management Department and director of the California Center for Construction Education. Jackson’s professional and academic experience spans real estate development, homebuilding, commercial construction, project management, and facilities management and operations. Jackson has received numerous awards, including the Service Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations and the Certificate of Appreciation for the South Pacific Division, Regional Business Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Sarah Komppa is an Urban Designer and Architect with Tryba Architects. She has national experience in master planning, urban design, architecture and project management. She enjoys the challenge of complex projects and the ability of design to transform and create memorable, meaningful places for people to live, work and play. With experience in campus, cultural, transportation and neighborhood planning, Sarah brings a keen understanding of urban sites, sustainability and multi-modal strategies to her projects. A scheduling and management specialist, Sarah excels in helping clients distill and prioritize their project goals during initial programming and planning. Sarah enjoys being involved in the local design community. She served for two years on the Seattle Planning Commission and is currently a member of the Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board in Denver. She is actively engaged in the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally, and was honored with ULI Colorado’s Rising Star Award in 2017.
Jim Robertson is the Director of Planning, Housing and Sustainability for the City of Boulder. Jim joined the city as chief urban designer in August 2016. With a Master’s Degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Juris Doctor from Emory University, School of Law, he understands the importance of community involvement in the processes and decisions of this department. Prior to working in Boulder, Jim worked for the city of Austin,Texas, as an urban designer.
Chris Waggett is a Founding Partner/CEO at D4 Urban where he has led the delivery of the initial multi-award-winning projects as catalysts for redevelopment of the ~75 acres, Broadway Park (formerly Denver Design District), & subsequent projects creating momentum & transformation. His passion is in sustainable, urban, mixed-use development, in association with public transit.
He has 34 years’ experience from the UK, Europe, Australia & for the past 12 years the USA, in Development/Funds Management, in Public & Private companies, & sector experience in industrial, business-park, CBD office, apartment, condo, single family & master planned community development, plus operational experience in the senior living sector.
Chris has a BSc in Urban Estate Management from Kingston University, UK, & a post-graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a Member of the RICS, was an inaugural Director of the Green Building Council of Australia, is a Member of the ULI, an Alumnus & past-Director/Board Chair of Transit Alliance, served on DRCOG’ Citizens Advisory Committee for Metro Vision 2040, & also served on Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Most recently he was a Moderator for ULI CO Young Leaders Group Partnership Forum.