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Staff

Meet the people here to help your people.

JAKE RISHAVY, VICE PRESIDENT

Jake joined Denver South EDP in February of 2012. He is responsible for creating and supporting innovation initiatives on behalf of the region’s public jurisdictions and key industry verticals. This includes developing new public-private partnerships to address community wide challenges and opportunities related to growth and quality of life. He has led the formation of two innovation-focused non-profits: Prime Health and the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance. Prior to joining us, Jake worked in public affairs and communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. An entrepreneur by nature, he also previously founded and led a digital marketing firm. Jake is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. In his free time, Jake explores the Colorado wilderness with his wife and two young children.

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CHRISTINE SHAPARD, VICE PRESIDENT

Chris leads the organization’s economic development strategy to grow jobs in the Denver South region. She and her team communicate with companies across the globe and down the street, to tell the Denver South story and connect them to the region’s people, places, policies and partners that will enable their success.

With over 20 years of experience in Colorado’s economic development, public sector and business communities, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding Colorado’s business climate, industry sectors, government programs and the people responsible for them. She recently led the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association as founding executive director, helping to grow the industry with policy, innovation and partnering initiatives while managing the organization’s operations and staff.  Previous stints included leadership positions in the Colorado BioScience Association and serving Colorado Governor Bill Owens in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

In her free time Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

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ERIC BYINGTON, DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION

As the Director of Innovation, Eric primarily leads the entrepreneurial ecosystem and startup support work while providing support to the marketing and Smart Cities efforts at Denver South. Prior to joining the Denver South team, Eric spent nearly 10 years working in international development, where he led economic development, educational and small business support projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Eric was the Managing Director of 10.10.10, a new venture accelerator that works with serial entrepreneurs as they create new businesses that tackle challenges in a variety of sectors. Eric is an avid skier and fly fisherman, a soccer fanatic, and lends his time to supporting his family owned coffee business, Queen City Collective Coffee.

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DANIEL HUTTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

As Managing Director of the Denver South TMA, Daniel Hutton brings his past experiences in the public, non-profit and private sectors with specific focus areas including telecommunications and transportation demand management (TDM).  He is passionate about connecting people with places, information, things and one another and works to develop next-generation mobility solutions for advancing Denver South’s culture of innovation and high quality of life.

Daniel initially joined the organization as Director of TDM Programs in October 2016 after nearly four years with the City of Centennial, most recently as Manager for the City’s Bloomberg Philanthropies funded Innovation Team. He received his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado while working as Policy Fellow for another regional TMA. Calling the Denver metro region home for over a decade, his roots in Central Virginia occasionally bring out a faint southern drawl.  His personal passions include home renovation, vintage motorcycles, playing drums and guitar and exploring the Rocky Mountains.

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SHERYL MACHADO, TMA DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Sheryl Machado joined The Denver South Transportation Management Association (DSTMA) in November of 2019. She is responsible for the organization’s communications, government relations and community outreach efforts supporting initiatives around transportation, economic development and innovation.  In her role Sheryl develops and executes DSTA’s strategic communications plans. She is committed to leading the organizations efforts in the government relations arena working with elected officials and government agencies with key policy and initiatives important to the Denver South region. Sheryl facilitates the ongoing partnerships and management of the Denver Region Council of Governments Way To Go Program and Bike To Work Day. Prior to joining the DSTMA Sheryl was a Senior Associate with GBSM, a public affairs firm located in Denver. She also brings previous experience working with RTD and CDOT on some of the state’s largest transportation projects. Before her transition into public affairs Sheryl worked for Denver’s WB2 News and Fox 31 as a general assignment reporter. Sheryl is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her free time, Sheryl enjoys teaching boot camps and spending time with her husband, her three daughters and her Australian Shepherds, Bart and Buster!

 

ERIN SCHNEIDERMAN, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

At Denver South EDP, Erin heads up the organization’s marketing efforts. She supports the organization in showcasing the stories which make up Denver South and is responsible for strategy and execution to best highlight the region and its assets.  Prior to working with Denver South, Erin worked for various advertising agencies in the Denver area focusing on clients in the travel, tourism and economic development sectors. With over 15 years of experience Erin is excited about honing and growing the Denver South brand by creating unique work to demonstrate the unique and exceptional stories of the area. Outside of work, Erin is found spending time with her husband and son.

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ALEX COWSKY, OPERATIONS MANAGER

Alex Cowsky joined the Denver South team in January 2017. As the Operations Manager, she oversees the organization’s events, facilities, technology and human resources, and assists with the accounting. Originally from Nebraska, Alex previously worked at a bank in the customer service department and in commercial loan operations and then as the office manager of a local nonprofit; she has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Outside of work, she is likely studying for her Master’s of Public Administration from CU Denver or exploring the city and outdoors with her friends.

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EVAN GATSEOS, TMA OUTREACH MANAGER

As the Transportation Demand Management Marketing and Outreach Manager, Evan’s goals are to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. He works with employers and regional decision makers to encourage commuters to try sustainable alternatives to driving alone. These programs are invaluable to employers looking to recruit and retain top talent. Drawn to transportation advocacy during his undergraduate degree, Evan interned at the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, where he worked on multi-modal transportation research and high-speed rail along the I-70 corridor.

Professionally, Evan worked at the Denver Regional Council of Governments as part of their Way to Go Program organizing Bike to Work Day and Go-Tober challenges. After almost three years, Evan moved to Denver South TMA to focus on employers within the I-25 corridor. Outside of work, Evan races road bikes at an elite level throughout the country. He is a self-described Nintendo Historian, loves Belgian beer, Japanese single-malt scotch and listening to all genres of electronic music. He is a vegetarian and animal rights advocate.  He is first-generation Greek immigrant.

SCOTT JACKSON, ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

Scott is the part-time Administrative Specialists at Denver South, handling a variety of tasks for the team, and has a background in government relations consulting and non-profits. Scott spent 18 years working for David J. Cole & Associates, Inc. and was involved in helping shape the Denver that we know today. A native of Colorado, Scott earned his BS in Urban Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver and been involved with many non-profits including Project Angel Heart, the DIA Concessionaires’ Association and the Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp at Fort Garland, Colorado. Scott lives with his partner Steve in the historic Curtis Park Neighborhood and loves dispersed camping with his German Wired Haired Pointer, Quinn.