“From the beginning, our success will be a reflection on our ability to attract talent. Roxane is one of the most talented people I know.” -- Governor John Hickenlooper appointing Chief of Staff Roxane White
Chief of Staff, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado
Roxane White is well known for her dedication in community service and experience within the public and private sector, as well as passion and expertise in efficient leadership. As Chief of Staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper, White is in charge of the daily functions of the State of Colorado and oversees all Cabinet members. White uses her management and leadership expertise in managing budgets, acquiring exceptional staff, and overseeing acquisitions and mergers.
White was rated as fourth most powerful person in Colorado by 5280 Magazine and the third most powerful woman by Denver Post in 2012, as well as numerous other accolades including “Women of Power” by the Colorado Women’s Chamber for 2013.
In September of 2009 she was appointed Chief of Staff to then-Mayor Hickenlooper and served as Chief of Staff through the election and transition into the Governor’s Office. From 2008 to 2009 she served as the executive director of the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation, and prior to 2008 she served as Manager of the Denver Department of Human Services and served as a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet. Before coming to work for Mayor Hickenlooper, White spent 16 years developing outcome based programs for homeless youth in Colorado and California and served as CEO of Urban Peak.
White created and chaired Denver’s road home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness, and has served on the Biennial of the Americas board, Downtown Denver Partnership’s Civic Venture Board and the Denver Public Schools Foundation.
White was born and raised in Montana. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and master’s degrees in Social Work and Divinity from San Francisco State University and San Francisco Theological Seminary respectively.