About Our Team

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Chris Adams
President

Chris has worked in public policy and facilitation for over 15 years, the last 13 with Engaged Public. 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.

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Brenda Morrison

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 at the TEDx function
Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson
Partner and Director of Facilitation

As Director of Facilitation, one of Lisa’s strengths is her experience in community facilitation and process design. Lisa specializes in collaborative problem solving and consensus building, and has more than 25 years of experience in this field. Lisa provides meeting facilitation services for diverse governmental and non-profit organizations seeking resolution of complex and politically sensitive issues ranging from water quality, health policy, suicide prevention, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Engaged Public, Lisa was the Director for the Center for Public-Private-Sector Cooperation with the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. She is vice president of the International Association of Public Participation, Colorado Chapter and a graduate of Claremont McKenna College.

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Dave Downs

Dave Downs
Medical Director

Dave has practiced primary care internal medicine in Denver for the last 23 years. He has been actively engaged in the medical and health policy communities of Colorado, serving as Chair of Medicine at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and as President of the Colorado Medical Society. He was a member of the 208 commission, and the formative steering committees for CORHO and CIVHC. He has worked delivering care in Ecuador and Tanzania, loves hiking, climbing, skiing, diving and his wife, Deb Parsons. His passion is the collaborative search for policy solutions to what ails health care.

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Dave Downs

Maureen Wolsborn
Director, Colorado Youth Advisory Council

Maureen has worked at Engaged Public for the past five years, providing policy, public engagement design, as well as start-to-finish project management for Engaged Public clients. Maureen directs the Colorado Youth Advisory Council (COYAC). COYAC is a youth council comprised of 40 members who represent the state’s senate districts. The council is tasked with examining, evaluating and discussing the issues and interests of youth and formally advising the Legislature on those issues. Maureen also has extensive experience in the use of social media, keypad polling, and other tech-based engagement tools. Maureen began her work in public policy as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with Share Our Strength, a national hunger organization. During her service year, Maureen fundraised, developed and implemented a SNAP outreach program for Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters classes. Maureen is a graduate from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. where she double majored in Political Science and Comparative Sociology. She is currently pursuing an MPA at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.

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