Governor Jared Polis recently announced the reappointment of Maia Babbs and UNC alumnus
Shashwata Prateek Dutta ‘08 to the University of Northern Colorado’s Board of Trustees.
Babbs and Dutta, both of Denver, have served on the board since 2020 and were reappointed
to four-year terms that will run through Dec. 31, 2027.
Babbs has over two decades of experience in the finance and investment industry and
is the founder and CEO of Lariat Wealth Management. She spent the bulk of her career
in institutional asset management as an equity research analyst for Janus Capital
and Denver Investment Advisors. Prior to that, she held positions as a senior associate
at investment banking firm Green Manning and Bunch, Ltd. and as an associate in Deutsche
Bank Securities Inc.’s debt capital markets group in New York.
She earned a bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia
and a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy (International Affairs) with a concentration
in International Economics and Finance from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Shashwata Prateek Dutta
Dutta, one of five alumni trustees on the board, is a K-12 education leader, serving
as the deputy director of K-12 policy and strategic initiatives for Education Reform
Now. He previously served as the Colorado policy director for Democrats for Education
Reform in Denver where he wrote and helped pass legislation that expanded access to
rigorous classes for low-income students, increased funding for school counselors
to increase FAFSA completion rates and worked with a wide variety of stakeholders
to increase resources for drop-out prevention efforts. Dutta’s experience also includes
teaching fifth and sixth grade history, developing and implementing curriculum, and
serving fellowships at the New Mexico Department of Education and Bellingham Public
Schools in Washington state.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UNC and a doctorate in Education
Leadership from Harvard.
UNC's Board of Trustees consists of seven members appointed by the governor, a faculty
member elected by peers and a student elected by peers. For more information about
the board, visit the Board of Trustees website (unco.edu/trustees/).