Colorado Creative Industries announces new director

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), today announced Margaret Hunt has been selected as the new director.

She will be responsible for developing a statewide shared vision for Colorado's creative industries and expanding the commitment of local, state, and federal governments to the state's creative economy.

"Margaret has extensive experience in regional and national leadership, along with practical hands-on experience working in the arts and economic development," said Ken Lund, executive director of OEDIT. "We are confident that she will be a great asset for CCI and for Colorado."

Hunt comes to CCI from the Utah Division of Arts and Museum, where she served as the executive director since 2005. In this position, she led the agency through significant changes including the merger of two state agencies: the Utah Arts Council and the Office of Museum Services. Prior to this position, Hunt served as director of community and economic development for Salt Lake City government; manager of economic development programs for PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power Company; director of the International Microfinance Training Program at Naropa University; and vice president of a Utah-based fundraising consulting group for nonprofit organizations.

Hunt was elected by her peers to serve on the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and has been a trustee of the Western States Arts Federation for five years. She has received numerous leadership awards including the governor's leadership award for contributions to community and economic development, and United Way's Volunteer of the Year award. Hunt is a visual artist, and her work appears in public and private collections including the Salt Lake City Airport Collection. She attended the University of Utah and Naropa University in Boulder.

Hunt will begin her position on April 1.