DENVER — Wednesday, June 19, 2013 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Colorado will open an office in Washington, D.C., joining 32 other states already with offices in the nation’s capital. The office will not be used to advance the political agenda of any one person or group.
“This move will give state government a stronger voice in Washington and play a critical role in advancing the state’s economy,” Hickenlooper said. “We look forward to working closely with Colorado’s congressional delegation and our new Washington representative to improve our state’s capacity to pursue economic opportunities, access federal grants and navigate other priorities.”
The Governor’s Office hired Jena Griswold, a Colorado native who practiced general litigation for Paul Hastings LLP, in Washington, D.C., as the Colorado Washington Representative. Previously, Griswold worked as a deputy voter protection coordinator and gained extensive legislative and legal experience working for Congresswoman Diana DeGette and for the Venezuelan Victims of Human Rights Violations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Griswold will staff Capitol Hill meetings and track federal legislation affecting Colorado and the legislative priorities of the nonpartisan National Governors Association and Western Governors’ Association. She will work closely with the Governor’s Office of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs and support the governor and Cabinet members during visits to Washington, D.C.
The office will also play a critical role in advancing the state’s economy through many strategies, including financial and technical assistance in support of local and regional economic development activities throughout Colorado. Other duties will include researching available grant funding available to Colorado and coordinating with the Governor’s Office and state agencies to apply for federal grants.