Kara Veitch was selected by Governor Jared Polis in February 2019 to serve as State Personnel Director and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration. She began her role with DPA as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff in July 2013.
Kara brings extensive non-profit, public, and private-sector experience to her role. In her time with DPA, Kara shepherded a series of initiatives aimed at making the department more collaborative in its service to state agencies. Along with customer service and process improvement initiatives, Kara is focused on making the State of Colorado an employer of choice by focusing on employee engagement initiatives, policies, and other improvements that will bring the state workforce into alignment with best practices in the private sector.
Kara's experience is complemented by honors and leadership roles outside of work. She serves on the board of directors for Colorado Legal Services and formerly served as the chair of both Beyond Our Borders and the Women's Bean Project. Her list of honors includes the Windsor Leadership Programme, the City and County of Denver Monte Pasco Civic Leadership Award, Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and the Colorado Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year.
Kara holds a Master of Business Administration, a Juris Doctorate, and a Bachelor of Arts in biology - all from the University of Colorado.