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Chris Adams, President

Chris Adams, President

Chris has worked in public policy and facilitation for over 25 years. His work has focused primarily on health and health care, but he has also supported policy development in education and natural resources. Prior to founding Engaged Public, Adams was Director and Associate Director of The Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, California. He has published more than 40 essays in publications including The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He is a past speaker at the distinguished Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, delivering five presentations on the theme “Values and Ethics in a Fragile World.” Adams is the former president of the board of Denver Urban Gardens, a network of more than 100 community gardens. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Colorado.

Brenda Morrison, Partner

Brenda is best known for her role in creating several of Colorado’s state-wide public engagement campaigns on complex public policy issues for clients such as The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, TBD Colorado, and Colorado’s Future. She brings extensive experience in public policy development and implementation both on the state and local levels given her past experience with community development organizations, as the Associate Director of the Bighorn Center for Public Policy, and as the founder of the Bighorn Leadership Development Program. Brenda is a sought after trainer in public engagement and has taught workshops in such locations as Jordan and Tunisia. In addition, she has extensive expertise in the non-profit sector having spent 15 years in the non-profit sector. Brenda, a graduate of the University of Colorado and he University of Denver, has published several articles on women’s history, social movements that demonstrate the intersection of Colorado history and public policy.

Brenda Morrison, Partner
Dan Ferguson, Senior Software Developer

Dan Ferguson, Senior Software Engineer

Dan is a full-stack software developer with 13 years of experience creating web apps in higher education, local government, journalism, transportation, retail sales, and telecommunications. He served as a city council member for five years in Adrian, Missouri, where he was appointed economic development chairman and mayor pro tem (i.e., vice-chairman of the city council). The software he created at the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (based at Johnson County Community College) is used on over 1,600 college and university campuses to analyze and compare data across institutions. It also powers the Faculty Compensation Survey for the American Association of University Professors. Dan's software is used by Envisio Solutions to allow municipal governments to benchmark hundreds of performance measures. A graduate of Truman State University in Missouri, Dan learned how to develop software through involvement in the open source project b2evolution.

Peter Dieterich, Director of Sales

Peter possesses a diverse background in both the public and private sectors through his history in government technology sales as well as policy development. He has experience working with local government leaders to provide technology solutions for their cities and counties across the nation. He also directed public and private sector sales efforts for engineering and professional services along the Gulf Coast region. Additionally, Peter is experienced in governmental relations, business development, project management, budget analysis, and coalition building. Peter also served as a legislative aide for three members of Congress in Washington DC, in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representative for a total of 6 years. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Louisiana State University.

Peter Dieterich, Director of Sales