Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade

Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade, small business development administrator for the city of Colorado Springs, is among this year's Colorado Governors Fellows.

CiviCO, the civic organization formerly known as the Quarterly Forum, has named its newest class of Colorado Governors Fellows, business and community leaders who study the issues and, ultimately, help shape policy and perception of life and public service in Colorado.

The class, made up of 23 executives and community leaders from across the state, will be inducted into the program by Gov. Jared Polis on June 27.

"Colorado has a unique opportunity to elevate the brand of Colorado government by supporting emerging leaders who have a desire to serve the public sector,” Polis said in a statement. “The success of our state will be enhanced by the pipeline of talented emerging leaders from the Governors Fellowship Program. We are proud of their commitment and look forward to the incredible work they will achieve for Colorado’s future."

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This year's fellows are:

  • Adam Burrows, founder of Lava Walk Ventures in Denver.
  • Jennifer Chang, regional manager for Cisco Systems in Denver.
  • Jeremy Duhon, founder and curator of TEDxMileHigh in Denver.
  • Nic Eliason, group vice president for DaVita in Denver.
  • Nicole Garneau, curator and Health Sciences Department chair of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
  • Shawn Gullixson, vice president of Vectra Bank Colorado in Colorado Springs.
  • Sonia Gutierrez, real estate broker for The Christi Reece Group in Grand Junction.
  • Meghan Herwehe, senior vice president of strategy and analytics for CorePower Yoga in Denver.
  • Heidi Hostetter, vice president of Fauston in Longmont.
  • Elizabeth Katkin, co-owner and general counsel of LDK Logistics Inc. in Englewood.
  • Adeeb Khan, director of corporate social responsibility at TIAA in Denver.
  • Patrick Loney, director of patient care services at the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora.
  • Michael Mansheim, executive director of marketing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.
  • KJ McCorry, CEO of Officiency Inc. in Boulder.
  • Blessing “Yemi” Mobolade, small business development administrator for the city of Colorado Springs.
  • Chris Otto, partner at Plante Moran in Fort Collins.
  • Mia Ramirez, community partner for the Colorado Trust in Colorado Springs.
  • Jake Schroeder, executive director for the Denver Police Activities League Inc.
  • Adam Silver, senior credit analyst for ArrowMark Partners in Denver.
  • Jonathan Steenland, chief operating officer for the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs.
  • Anna Stout, executive director of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society in Grand Junction.
  • Cori Streetman, co-founder and principal of Barefoot PR in Denver.
  • Emily Wattman-Turner, chief operating officer for the Kenzie Academy in Denver.

The leadership program is in its fourth year, modeled after the White House Fellows Program and Dr. Geoff Smart’s book "Leadocracy," in partnership with the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs and the Governor’s Office with funding from the Boettcher Foundation. All of Colorado's living governors are supporters of the program, as well.

“We have phenomenal community leaders around our state,” CiviCO’s executive director Eric Hopfenbeck said in a statement. “It’s thrilling to see the interest in public service and passion for elevating Colorado. We are deeply honored to steward this program to elevate the brand of government and inspire public service.”

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