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Barbara Kelley, Executive Director

Date appointed: 1/6/11

Senate Committee hearing date: 1/26/11

Senate Committee hearing vote: Passed Committee vote

Senate vote date: February 3, 2011

Senate vote: Confirmed - 33-0-1-1

Salary: $146,040


"Barbara Kelley knows how to support business and protect consumers,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “She is a leader who understands the complexities of our state’s rules and regulations and the importance of strong customer service. We are fortunate to have her on our team."


As the Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Barbara Kelley is respected for her commitment to promoting an equitable and fair economic environment in Colorado where professionals and businesses can thrive, and consumers feel confident and protected. Kelley brings a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of rules and regulations, a continuous focus on transparency and unparalleled customer service, and an unwavering commitment to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s three “E’s” of good government - effectiveness, efficiency and elegance.


Kelley oversees DORA, the business face of Colorado state government, and its nine divisions: Real Estate; Insurance; Banking; Securities; Financial Services; Civil Rights; Professions and Occupations; the Public Utilities Commission; and the Office of Consumer Counsel, all with a unified mission of consumer protection. Kelley’s background of more than 30 years in diverse, corporate legal practice in the private sector provides her a solid foundation to lead DORA.


Since her reappointment by Hickenlooper in January 2011, Kelley has led several projects including “Pits and Peeves,” where DORA worked with businesses and communities to identify ways to eliminate red tape and streamline regulations. She is chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Wildfire Insurance and Forest Health, hosted the Veterans License, Credential and Employment workshop and continues to increase employment and training services for Colorado’s veterans.


Kelley serves on the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation board; the Mercy Housing, Inc board; and is a member of the Attorney Regulation Committee. She was Law Week Colorado’s Top Women Lawyers and led DORA in the 2012 Denver Post Top Workplaces.


Kelley has worked in Colorado for more than 30 years. Kelley earned both a bachelor’s degree and a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University.