Leadership

Governor John W. Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper

A geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council) before being elected Mayor of Denver in 2003, John Hickenlooper was elected Governor of Colorado in November 2010. He took office two months later.

His ambition for the state is even bigger than his name. Gov. Hickenlooper, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist and restaurateur, is bringing bright, creative leadership and innovative thinking to the state Capitol. His boundless energy and Western spirit of collaboration are generating tremendous optimism and confidence in Colorado’s future.
 

 

Fiona Arnold
Executive Director
Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Fiona is an experienced executive with exceptional strategic and business management experience across diverse industries. She joins OEDIT most recently from River North Investment Company LLC, where she serves as owner and president of the real estate development company focused on commercial and residential urban redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of a city block in the River North (RiNo) District of Denver. Previously, Arnold served as executive vice president and general counsel for Vail Resorts, where she was a key advisor to the CEO and the board of directors and provided leadership and oversight of the company’s acquisitions and transactions.

Prior to Vail Resorts, Fiona served as associate general counsel at Western Gas Resources Inc. (now Anadarko Petroleum), and prior to that, she served as vice president of legal and business affairs at Crown Media Holdings in Greenwood Village, CO. Fiona began her career as an attorney in Australia before joining the international law firm of Jones Day in Dallas, Texas and then moving to Colorado in 2001.

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Tasmania; a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide; and a Master of Laws, International & Comparative, from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently serves as a board member for the nonprofit Dress for Success, Colorado, as well as co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Colorado, School of Law. Previously, she served as a board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Corporate Counsel, as well as the Colorado Chief Legal Officer Group.