The National Western Center Authority is a Colorado nonprofit that will program, operate and maintain the year-round campus for agricultural education, innovation and entertainment. The actions of the Authority are guided by a 13-person board made up of 11 voting directors and two non-voting directors.

As outlined in the National Western Center Framework Agreement, the voting directors include six appointments by the mayor (confirmed by City Council), two Colorado State University appointees, two Western Stock Show Association appointees, and one Globeville, Elyria, or Swansea resident mayoral appointee (confirmed by City Council). A second Globeville, Elyria, or Swansea resident will be appointed by the mayor as a non-voting director. The city’s chief financial officer will also serve as a non-voting director and treasurer of the board.

The board will partner, collaborate and engage with the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods to ensure the National Western Center directly benefits the surrounding neighborhoods and residents for the foreseeable future, including through the development of a community benefits agreement. In addition to the programming, operation and maintenance of the campus, the board will provide input to the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center regarding the city’s build-out of the new campus.

 “This board has a very important duty – to guide this community asset for the maximum benefit to our community,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “I have no doubt that this impressive group of public servants will set a positive course for the National Western Center and for the neighborhoods it will call home.”

The Authority Board members were selected due to their demonstrated commitment to the vision for and continued viability of the future campus; expertise in planning, design, construction, programming, marketing, financing, fundraising or other relevant experience; and personal integrity, passion, innovative ability, patience and collaborative ability.

2020 Authority Board Meeting Schedule


January 13, 2020

  • Finance Committee Meeting |  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. |  Via Conference Call
    • The Committee intends to conduct certain business at this meeting in executive session pursuant to §§ 24-6-402(4)(e)-(f), C.R.S. for matters subject to negotiation and employee matters.

January 16, 2020

  • The NWC Authority Board will not meet in January.

Meetings are subject to change by the board. Meeting locations will be posted once available. Meeting notices are publicly posted at the Valdez-Perry Branch Library (4690 Vine Street, Denver). Sign up for Authority Board email updates below.

Please visit the Data Hub for Authority Board documents.

Direct all board-related questions to Melody Ambrose at

Authority Board

CEO, FirstBank (retired)

John Ikard, Chair


Chairman and CEO, Além International Management

Steve McCarthy, Vice-chair


State senator (retired)

Lucia Guzman


Alternative Licensure Instructor, University of Colorado

Liliana Flores Amaro


President and CEO, National Western Stock Show and Complex

Paul Andrews


President, The Denver Retail Group

Robb Brown


President, Colorado State University

Dr. Tony Frank


Chief Financial Officer, City and County of Denver

Brendan Hanlon


Chairman of the Board, Western Stock Show Association

Pat Grant


Executive Vice President, Oakwood Homes

Kelly Leid


CEO/Executive Director, Mi Casa Resource Center

Monique Lovato


Executive Vice Chancellor of the Colorado State University System

Amy Parsons


Community activist

John Zapien

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