Katie McLoughlin named Chief Legal Director for CDHS
DENVER (December 21, 2017) — The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has named Katie McLoughlin to fill the newly created position of Chief Legal Director.
As Chief Legal Director for CDHS, McLoughlin will serve as primary internal legal consultant for CDHS, overseeing day-to-day legal functions and working closely with the Attorney General’s Office as liaison for CDHS.
"The lives of many Coloradans rely on our programs and services, making our work vital to the health of our state. We created this position to ensure we continue to serve Coloradans to the best of our ability,” said Reggie Bicha, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. “Katie’s work with Governor Hickenlooper’s office allowed CDHS several opportunities to work closely with her and we've always been impressed by her dedication to justice and passion for improving the lives of Coloradans. Katie is the right person to help guide us in our mission."
McLoughlin comes to CDHS from Governor Hickenlooper’s office where she has served as Deputy Legal Counsel since 2015. In the Governor’s Office, McLoughlin provided legal counsel on the constitutionality and policy implications of legislation with a focus on education, health care, and criminal justice issues. She advised the Governor on numerous judicial appointments, and counseled the Governor’s Senior Staff and cabinet on contracts, ethics, adherence to the Colorado Open Records Act, and executive orders and actions.
Before joining the Governor’s office, Katie was a litigation associate with Cooley, LLP in Boston and a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court in Massachusetts. Prior to law school, she worked on global warming and energy strategy for the Sierra Club in Washington D.C.
“I’m excited to join this dedicated leadership team in pursuit of its mission to create a stronger, brighter future for all Coloradans ” said McLoughlin. “It’s an honor to continue to serve our state by helping CDHS uphold the law and help more families in need.”
McLoughlin completed her undergraduate coursework in Government and Economics at Hamilton College and earned her law degree from the University of Michigan.
She begins her new duties on January 8, 2018.