DENVER — Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced Molly Urbina will become the state’s new Chief Recovery Officer. She will succeed IHS Inc. Executive Chairman Jerre Stead, who will leave his position with the state next month.
Urbina, now the deputy manager at Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department, will coordinate with all state agencies and local and federal partners to ensure Colorado continues a coordinated and thoughtful recovery effort after the September flooding.
“We are fortunate to hire someone with Molly’s experience in planning and land use,” Hickenlooper said. “Molly knows how to bring people together to solve complex issues. We look forward to working with her on the ongoing and long-term efforts to rebuild and recover from the devastating floods that impacted so many Coloradans.”
Stead, and IHS executive Kerri Nelson as the deputy chief recovery officer, joined the state’s recovery efforts in September to provide pro bono support in the aftermath of flooding that impacted 24 counties, more than 28,000 individuals and more than 2,000 square miles. They also both played important roles in creating a recovery office and processes that will be key to dealing with any future disasters in Colorado. Nelson will finish her work with the recovery office at the end of January.
“Jerre Stead is a remarkable gift to Colorado,” Hickenlooper said. “He stepped in to lead a recovery effort of truly monumental scale. His work and leadership have been exemplary. We are equally indebted to IHS Inc. and the other high-level staff who Jerre brought in from the company to help recovery efforts.”
Stead said: “It has been an honor to work with such a dedicated team to make so much progress in helping the state and our impacted communities recover from the damaging floods. While much has been accomplished, there is still much more to do. I am confident that the people and processes now in place will continue the progress and the state will be even better prepared to manage similar events in the future.”
In addition to overseeing the recovery office and staff, Urbina will continue to advocate for federal funding and allocate all resources through the local and community input process. She will serve as the state point-of-contact for all flood-related inquiries and issues, as well as coordinate resolution of issues with local and federal partners.
“I look forward to collaborating with local communities, the governor’s strong team and our federal partners to rebuild the communities devastated by last fall’s floods,” Urbina said. “I am honored by the opportunity to dedicate my experience and love for the people and places of Colorado to such important work.”
Urbina will start in her new role on Feb. 18.
Urbina has served as deputy manager of Denver’s Community Planning and Development Department since 2005. In this role, she oversaw the city’s planning, building and zoning functions, involving both broad city visioning and tactical plan implementation. Urbina was integral to the drafting and enactment of Denver’s new form-based zoning code, passed by City Council in 2010.
Before joining city government, Urbina spent much of her career in the construction and real estate development industry. She worked as a consultant for CRL Associates for seven years, handling government affairs and land-use consulting for local and regional clients. Later, she would serve as director of government affairs for Oakwood Homes.
Before her development experience, she worked for the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, where she became an expert in election law and regulatory statutes.
Urbina is a Denver native and enjoys giving back to the community through public service. She serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.
Gov. John Hickenlooper appointed Jerre Stead, executive chairman of Englewood-based IHS Inc., to be the state’s Chief Recovery Officer. The Recovery Team is focused on making Colorado more innovative, safer and resilient in its infrastructure, community and environment. Go to www.ColoradoUnited.com for more information.