Featured Alumnus

Janice Sinden, '97

sinden“The Political Science Department at UNC taught me the skills necessary for a successful career in politics, as well as gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. My academic experience was the foundation for my life-long love of public service and community building. I am forever grateful to the University of Northern Colorado.”

Janice’s experience at the University of Northern Colorado had a profound impact on her career path, and set the stage for what would become her life-long love affair with public service, government relations and policy development.  Janice is a proud UNC alumnus, and will periodically visit political science classes, identify internship opportunities for students, and serve as an advocate for the institution at every turn.  She stays in contact with several of her professors and classmates, and welcomes the opportunity to encourage future leaders to pursue their degree in the exciting and unpredictable field of political science.

Janice currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Denver’s 45th Mayor, Michael B. Hancock and oversees 60 appointees, 26 departments with more than 11,000 employees and a general fund budget of more than $1 billion annually.  She also serves as a member of the city’s collective bargaining team, oversees Denver’s federal lobbying efforts, and raises funds for the Administration’s priority initiatives.

Prior to joining the Hancock Administration, Janice served as the Executive Director of Colorado Concern, an alliance of top executives from across the state with a common interest in enhancing and protecting Colorado’s business climate. She oversaw the organization’s comprehensive legislative agenda, involvement with numerous ballot campaigns and supported a targeted list of statewide candidate elections.

Janice continually draws from her dynamic professional experiences, integrating her passion for politics with her desire to give back to the community.  Her career includes co-founding Pinnacle Public Affairs, a Denver-based political and non-profit consulting firm and serving as the Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Communications for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego.  Recognized for her ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, she has coordinated dozens of large public events, facilitated two constitutional challenges to the Colorado Supreme Court, co-founded EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children) and co-led the effort to establish the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.

Her love for community building and public services began directly following her college graduation.  She moved to Washington, D.C. to work for newly-elected U.S. Senator Wayne Allard where she managed the Senate Renewable and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and served as the Senator’s state lead for the introduction of federal legislation to designate Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site as a National Wildlife Refuge.  This legislation passed by Congress and was signed by the President in 2002.

Janice has been recognized by 5280 magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Denver, by the Colorado Women’s Foundation as one of the 25 most influential women in Colorado, and by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction.  During her career, she has been actively involved with more than ten nonprofits, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Denver Preschool Program and the American Transplant Foundation.