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BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Colorado and have a deep knowledge and love for our state. Jefferson County is

my long-time home and the place where I raised my family, started my business and began my career as an elected official.

BACKGROUND

As an award-winning public relations and communications professional – I launched Cutter Communications in 1998 – I believe deep listening and powerful storytelling are the heart of building relationships and communities. Working with business and nonprofit clients, I’ve learned about healthcare, banking, law, housing, commercial construction, sports management and even Colorado wines. 

I actually started my own business so I could have the flexibility to be a hands-on mother, succeed professionally and step up for my community. I am profoundly grateful for the opportunities being a business owner has given me.

At the same time, I am keenly aware that such balance is often unavailable to Colorado’s working parents, so I’m determined to ensure that every system that supports and touches the lives of busy families — from public education to healthcare to mental health — is well-resourced, compassionately designed and human-centered.

LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

In my two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, I’ve been effective by combining a high-level systems perspective with ground-level knowledge of our community. Our economy thrives when government, business and non-profits work together to do good things for our state and our people. In order to build a robust economy that supports families, my priorities include:

  • Mental health and well-being of everyone in Colorado, particularly the most vulnerable: veterans, seniors, children, persons of color, the disabled and LGBTQ+

  • Quality public education for all

  • Access to healthcare, including reproductive care and mental health parity

  • Safety, including public security as well as wildfire prevention and mitigation

  • Stewardship and conservation of the beautiful natural environment and resources we enjoy in Colorado by, for example, diverting waste into productive uses

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

 

  • Precinct Committee co-chair, Jefferson County Dems

  • Articulation area chair for Jefferson County Bond and Mill Levy Campaign (2008)

  • Mount Carbon chair for Jefferson County Bond and Mill Levy Campaign (2004)

  • Founding member of March On, an organization continuing the March on Denver

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  • Organizer, Women’s March on Denver (2018)

  • Strategic communications for Women’s March on Denver (2017)

  • Leadership Denver Class of 2016 (Denver Chamber of Commerce)

  • Mount Carbon Elementary PTA auction chair and accountability committee

NON-PROFITS

  • Women’s Bean Project, board member and past chair of the board

  • Dolls for Daughters, board member

  • Underwearness, board member

  • Season for Nonviolence, committee member

  • Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, committee member

PROFESSIONAL

  • National Assembly delegate and board member, Colorado Chapter, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

  • President, Colorado Chapter, PRSA

  • Chair, PRSA Western District board of directors

  • Denver Business Journal Outstanding Woman in Business (2010)

  • Recipient of numerous industry honors and awards for outstanding work and team building, including the PRSA Swede Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award