Colorado Futures Center Board Members
Charles (Charlie) Brown is the director of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University and founder and president of Charles Brown Consulting Inc, a small public policy, and economic consulting firm. Previously he was director of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver and staff director for the Colorado Economic Futures Panel. Before his career as a private consultant focused on public policy, Brown served a 29-year career in state government, retiring in 2004. During that time, he spent 17 years as executive director of the Legislative Council Staff. Brown was also an assistant commissioner of education for two years. He was responsible for administering all aspects of the state’s system for funding public schools. He also served the Legislative Council for 11 years as the lead tax and fiscal analyst and school finance specialist. Brown was a 1994 Gates Fellow at the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award by the University of Colorado and the Graduate School of Public Affairs in 2003, and the Leo C. Riethmayer Outstanding Public Administrator Award in 2004. He is an honorary inductee to Pi Alpha Alpha, the professional honor society for public administrators. Charlie was appointed to the Colorado State Board of Equalization in 2006 and has served as both the board’s chairman and vice-chair.
Fred Brown was chief of The Denver Post’s state capitol bureau when he retired in 2002 after nearly 40 years at the paper, mostly covering politics. He continued to write a political column after retirement. He is currently an adjunct instructor in media ethics at the University of Denver and a consultant on media ethics. He was national president of the Society of Professional Journalists in 1997-98 and edited its 2011 ethics textbook . He has been or is now a board member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, Colorado Public Radio, Denver Press Club, Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, and the Community College of Aurora Foundation.
Tom Milligan serves as Vice President for External Relations at Colorado State University, overseeing collaboration with all other vice presidents, deans, and unit heads to integrate communications and external relations activities across campus to build a strong brand for Colorado State among its many constituents (particularly prospective students, alumni, donors and friends, state and federal agencies and faculty, staff and students.) Milligan and his team manage social media, the university’s web presence and digital communications, media relations, community outreach, major institutional publications, video and documentary production, photography, internal communications and advertising and marketing efforts. Milligan had previously served as Associate Vice President for Communications at CSU before becoming Vice Chancellor for Communications at the University of Tennessee, and the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Marcy Morrison served as the Colorado Commissioner of Insurance from 2006 to 2010 when she retired after a long and distinguished career in state and local government and community affairs. Previous to becoming the state’s Commissioner of Insurance, Morrison served as Mayor of Manitou Springs from 2001 to 2006 and as a state representative from 1992 to 2000, being appointed to leadership positions as Chair of the Health, Environment, Welfare and Institutions Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives and Chair of the General Assembly’s Health Care Policy Taskforce. Morrison was elected as a County Commissioner in El Paso County, one of Colorado’s largest counties, serving from 1985 to 1992, responsible for managing the extensive operations of a large county government and collaborating with several municipal governments, state and local elected officials, and citizen groups. Marcy has continuously served on an extensive list of boards and commissions throughout her career, including as a Trustee for of Colorado Springs Memorial Hospital, the Economic Development Board for Manitou Springs, the Manitou Springs Urban Renewal Authority, the Pikes Peak area Council of Governments, the Pikes Peak regional Transportation Authority, the Colorado State Board of Health, the El Paso County Mental Health association, and the Manitou Springs Board of Education, to name just a few. Marcy has received awards from several prominent organizations, including the Colorado Springs Business Journal, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the American Medical Association, the Colorado Association of Community Center Boards, the American Cancer Society, AARP, the Colorado Mental Health Association, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, among many others. Morrison holds a degree from Queens College, New York, and has done graduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and The Colorado College, and was a Gates Fellow at the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Paul Schauer serves as a marketing consultant for OpTerra Energy Services. Prior to his service to OpTerra, Schauer was the Executive Director of the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete and Rock Products Association and formerly a long-time employee of Gates Corporation (formerly gates Rubber Company) managing Gates’ government relations program. In addition to his private sector background, Paul Schauer served Colorado as an elected official, including service as the University of Colorado Regent from 2003 to 2009 and a Colorado State Representative from 1979 to 1999. While serving in the Colorado House of Representatives, Schauer served in several leadership capacities, including 10 years as the Chairman of the House Finance Committee, 8 years as Chairman of the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee, 5 years as a member of the bipartisan Legislative Audit Committee, including one year as the committee’s chair, Chair of the legislatively created Colorado Tax Commission, Speaker of the House Pro Tem for 4 years, Chair of the Legislative Council, Chair of several of the General Assembly’s legislative interim committees, and Chair of the State Issues section of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Schauer was a Fellow at the Program for Senior State and Local Officials at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as well as the Haus Rissen International Institute of Politics and Economics, Hamburg, Germany.