Communications & Administrative Assistant
jenny.frank@colostate.edu
303-376-2122

Jenny Frank provides support for the communications team in Denver, including website and newsletter management, as well as support for Jocelyn Hittle, Secretary Vilsack, and Christie Vilsack.

Executive Assistant
melanie.geary@colostate.edu
303-534-6290

Melanie Geary provides support for CSU Executive Vice Chancellor Amy Parsons and the CSU Board of Governors.

Director of Denver Program Development
jocelyn.hittle@colostate.edu
303-376-2122

Jocelyn Hittle directs program development for the NWC project, including managing CSU’s facility design and acting as a liaison between CSU’s faculty and staff and the project partners.

Denver Communications Coordinator
cyrus.martin@colostate.edu
303-376-2628

Cyrus Martin provides support for the communications team in Denver, including storytelling, social media management, and community outreach efforts.

Director of Denver PR & Outreach
christiana.nelson@colostate.edu
303-376-2613

Tiana Nelson leads strategic communications, community outreach efforts, and partnerships for CSU related to the NWC project.

Executive Vice Chancellor, CSU System
melanie.geary@colostate.edu
303-534-6290

Amy Parsons leads CSU’s involvement as an equity partner in the NWC project. Parsons provides strategic direction for the university’s role in the campus, and leads the university’s team in charge of NWC development, programming, and communications.

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor for Educational Access
jenny.frank@colostate.edu
303-376-2122

Christie Vilsack is a former Senior Advisor for International Education and USAID. Her current work with CSU is focused specifically on K-12 educational programming at the NWC site.

Strategic Advisor of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center
jenny.frank@colostate.edu
303-376-2122

Tom Vilsack is the former Secretary of Agriculture and former Governor of Iowa. His current work with the CSU System and Denver Water supports the growing educational partnership at the NWC.

Special Advisor to the Chancellor for International Agriculture
kerri.wright.platais@colostate.edu
303-376-2626

Kerri Wright Platais has over 25 years of experience in international development, including with the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and USAID. Her current work with the CSU System is in the development of programming at the NWC.

Above are the main National Western Center contacts. For a full list of CSU System staff, visit our CSU System team page.