Barbara Brohl leads the varied functions of the Colorado Department of Revenue. She is responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Lottery, and Enforcement for Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Racing, and Medical Marijuana. The department has more than 1,500 employees and annually brings in more than $11 billion in fees and taxes for the state.
Brohl also co-chairs the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, set up by Executive Order after Colorado voters approved the constitutional amendment that allows for the sale and consumption of marijuana by persons age 21 and older. The amendment also requires regulation of marijuana growth, manufacture and sale. The Task Force is charged with forwarding recommendations to the governor, general assembly and attorney general regarding how to the state should move forward with Amendment 64.
Prior to her move to state government, Brohl was an attorney practicing telecommunications law with Qwest Communications, representing the company in multi-million dollar commercial transactions as well as addressing all legal and regulatory matters for a 23-state region.
For more than six years, Brohl served as an elected member of the Regional Transportation District (“RTD”) Board of Directors. During her tenure, she was very active in setting policy, advocated for transit at the federal and state levels, and introduced a workforce development program for transit projects at the federal, regional, and local levels. She also helped develop a Socially Responsible Contracting Policy, which requires RTD’s contractors to provide health insurance and prevailing wages to their employees.
Brohl continues to be very active in the community. She hosts an annual baby shower for Denver Health’s “Newborns in Need.” She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Colorado Donor Awareness Council and Advisory Board, The Gathering Place Board, a day shelter for homeless women and children, and currently sits on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens.
In recognition of her commitment to service, Brohl has received several professional, leadership and community service awards. Among them, the 2008 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association‘s Christopher A. Miranda “Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer” award; 2011 Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Athena Award “Limitless” Finalist; and the Boy Scouts of America Vale La Pena Service Award for “Unselfish service to Hispanic American young people.”
Born and raised in Colorado, Brohl has a bachelor’s degree from Regis University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from University of Denver College of Law. She was a judicial law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. and William H. Erickson.