Keynote Speaker, DCIS Foundation Dinner 2015
Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the senior advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after almost four years as deputy chief of staff and director of community partnerships. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, Jamie worked as the policy director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. He is also the founder and CEO of the Global Livingston Institute, a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders, with an aim to develop innovative solutions to poverty. Jamie is a senior research fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado-Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright scholar in 2013.
In 2006, Jamie was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper to head up Denver’s Road Home, the city’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation. Within the first five years of the initiative, Denver’s Road Home generated over $50 million in new resources for the homeless, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless, reduced chronic homelessness by 70 percent and was recognized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as one of the top six homeless programs in the country. In 2007, Jamie was appointed to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. The office launched a major community-wide strategic plan in 2008 to close the unmet treatment gap in Denver. Within the first two years, the plan created over $500,000 in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Under Jamie’s oversight, Denver’s Road Home and the Office of Drug Strategy combined to form a new division called the Office of Community Impact.
Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the director of development and public affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. During his tenure at Urban Peak, he was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Council for Youth Policy for the National Network of Youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), of Emerging Leaders (2003), and of Leadership Arts (2004), and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver. Jamie was selected in 2005 as a Livingston fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado, and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal.
Since 2009, Jamie has worked to develop a research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda. He is the recipient of the 2014 Creighton University Alumnae Merit Award and the 2009 Denver Foundation Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award, was named the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and was named in the 2011 Power Issue of Out Front Magazine as a leader in the lesbian and gay community.
Jamie is involved in the community serving on the Buechner Institute board, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation board, Level One Health board, Morgridge Family Foundation 21st Century Classroom board, and the 9Kids Who Care advisory board. He has previously served on the boards of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhood Association, Colorado Health Institute, Curious Theatre, Denver Foundation Human Services advisory board, Family Directions and the Harm Reduction Action Center. He is also active as a national and international researcher and presenter. Publications and presentations include a book chapter in Globalizing the Streets titled, “Integrating Interventions: Outreach and Research among Street Youth,” and an article in American Journal on Addictions, titled, “Correlates of Substance Use among Homeless Youth in Eight Cities.” Jamie has extensive international experience with travel to almost 90 countries. He is an avid runner and has run the New York City Marathon twice.