Meet the people here to help your people.
Mike Fitzgerald joined the Denver South Economic Development Partnership as President and CEO on July 1, 2010. He has led similar public/private organizations in Montana, Washington, Florida and Hawaii. Throughout his economic development career, Fitzgerald has worked with several governors, created economic development strategies for states, communities and companies. He set up and directed trade and investment offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Canada and Mexico. Fitzgerald has built teams and coalitions that have created thousands of jobs, hundreds of businesses and billions of dollars of new investment.
Lynn Myers is Senior Vice President for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Since joining Denver South EDP, Lynn has had the opportunity to work with expanding companies in the region including Charles Schwab, Arrow Electronics, TriZetto, Polystrand, Connextions, Blockbuster/DISH, Comcast and Trulia. Prior to joining Denver South EDP in 2007, Lynn served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She is the past chair of the Centennial Airport Board and the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board. Lynn was recognized nationally as one of the 50 Top Economic Developers of 2014 by Consultants Connects and received the Economic Development Council of Colorado top award in 2015. Lynn serves on the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Board and on the Board of Developmental Pathways. She is a big Colorado Rockies baseball fan and loves to travel.
As Vice President of Innovation, Jake Rishavy works to elevate Colorado’s visibility as one of the world’s premier places to do business for growth-oriented startup and second-stage companies. He achieves this by making the ecosystem of resources accessible to growing companies and bridging connections between innovative, emerging companies and larger, at-scale companies. In this role, Jake has built and continues to build programs to support entrepreneurs in Denver South’s key industry verticals and niche markets.
Jake co-founded Prime Health, a community of 1000+ Colorado-based health care executives, clinicians, entrepreneurs and technologists dedicated to supporting innovation digital health technologies to improve care and lower cost. The group supports now a broader network of 120+ Colorado digital health companies. Jake also founded TechrIoT, an IoT community focused on accelerating the commercialization of IoT innovations through community building, education, design mentorship and supply chain financing, among many other tools. Finally, Jake is a founding member of Innovators Colorado, a state chapter of Innovators International, a roundtable of the Chief Innovation Officers of non-competing large companies who jointly problem-solve each other’s biggest innovation-related challenges.
Jake also works to promote the Denver South region locally, nationally and internationally, and serves as liaison to a number of partner organizations, including business associations and regional economic development groups.
Jake is a Minnesota native who has lived in the Denver area since 2001. Prior to joining Denver South EDP, he worked in public policy and communications roles for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He also owned and operated Ricochet, an innovative design and branding collective. Outside of work, he lends his expertise to charitable endeavors and enjoys exploring Colorado’s wealth of hidden spots for fishing, camping, snowboarding, and any number of other outdoor sports.
Lauren Masias is a Colorado native and has lived in the Denver area for the past four years. She graduated from LaSalle University in 2006 with a degree in Communications and Public Relations and has since garnered several years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector as well as working in the marketing department at the corporate office for Chrysler Group, LLC. As the Public Information Officer for the Denver South Transportation Management Association, Lauren is responsible for informing the public and jurisdictions about transportation projects and timelines in the area and developing marketing campaigns that maximize exposure for various TDM programs. Additionally, she focuses on corporate outreach, grant opportunities and working in conjunction with partners of the TMA.
In her spare time, Masias loves to travel, satisfy her passion for fashion, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Daniel Hutton joined the Denver South TMA as Director of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Programs after nearly four years with the City of Centennial, most recently as Manager for the City’s Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded Innovation Team. Daniel will be building on his past experiences in the public, non-profit and private sectors to develop next-generation TDM solutions for advancing Denver South’s culture of innovation and high quality of life.
Daniel’s professional passions involve connecting people with places, things and one another, whether through multi-modal mobility options or telecommunications networks. His work with the City of Centennial included analysis and project/program management involving the City’s Fiber Optic Initiative, the Go Centennial First/Last Mile Pilot Program, and the City’s successful proposals for the Innovation Teams and Smart Cities programs. Prior to working for City of Centennial, Daniel co-founded a telecommunications consulting firm specializing in site selection for nationwide edge data networks. He received his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver while working as a policy fellow for another regional TMA.
Calling the Denver region home for nearly a decade, Daniel’s roots in Central Virginia occasionally bring on a slight southern drawl. His life passions include the outdoors, tech gadgets, playing the drums, and traveling – after careful analysis on the most efficient routes from Points A to B, of course.
Alex Cowsky is the Operations Manager for the Denver South team and is also responsible for the organization’s major events. She is currently studying Public Administration at CU Denver. Alex relocated in 2017 from Lincoln, Nebraska where she worked in both the business and non-profit sectors, and where she received her Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Outside of work, Alex is either studying, exploring the Denver area or enjoying the Colorado outdoors.