January 3rd, 2011
DENVER - Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper announced today Reeves Brown will be Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs.
Brown is now Executive Director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region. He will use his working relationships with local governments and his experience in collaborative decision-making to assist local governments across Colorado deliver services in their communities.
"Reeves Brown cares passionately about good government and he cares passionately about the state of Colorado," Hickenlooper said. "His naturally collaborative approach will help set the tenure of our administration."
Based in Grand Junction, Brown leads CLUB 20 in cultivating dialogue amongst the region?s diverse interests to develop consensus recommendations for state and national public policies. CLUB 20 is involved with a wide range of issues, including public lands management, economic development, transportation funding, energy development, water management, education and health care.
"DOLA is the face of state government for many communities in Colorado," Brown said. "The agency should be the model for delivering effective and efficient services in local communities, and for growing public confidence in government that works. I look forward to working with local governments throughout Colorado to strengthen the infrastructure in their communities and improve the quality of life for all."
Brown grew up on a cattle ranch in eastern Montana and later earned a bachelor?s degree in Agriculture Business from Montana State University. After working for the National Cattlemen?s Association for two years, he served as Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen?s Association (CCA) from 1989-1997.
During his tenure with CCA, Brown established the organization as a nationally-recognized leader in the natural resource and animal care arenas and created the Colorado Cattlemen?s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT) in 1993 ? the first land conservation trust in the nation fostered by an established agriculture organization.
The CCALT currently holds conservation easements on more than 300,000 acres of agriculture land across Colorado and has served as a catalyst for the creation of similar ag land trusts in other Western states, which now collectively hold conservation easements on more than 1 million acres of agriculture lands.