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  Maria Garcia Berry / Chief Executive Officer

Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers, the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States.

As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL's broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver's Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City's redevelopment of Stapleton. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation's largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements.

Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy.

Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state.

She is a member of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado's Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado's Speaker of the House. They have three children.

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  Roger Sherman / Chief Operating Officer

Roger Sherman joined CRL Associates in 2005, bringing more than 17 years of public and private sector experience in project management, financial administration, policy development and strategic communications. Highly respected for his skills in coalition building, community outreach and public positioning, Roger is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. Through careful listening and by treating all sides with respect, Roger believes no problem is too complicated to solve or too difficult to find comment ground.

Roger represents clients in the transportation and public policy sectors, including the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA). From 2005-2011, he was a consultant to the RTD FasTracks Public Information Team, serving as the government relations discipline lead, facilitator of the Citizens Advisory Committee and liaison to the Metro Mayors Caucus.

Roger has served in various leadership roles with candidate and issue campaigns throughout the Denver metro area. He served as the chief financial officer for the successful 2004 FasTracks Yes! campaign, the largest mass transit expansion effort in the country at the time. In addition to FasTracks, he has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements. He is a former member of the Regional Transportation District's board of directors.

Roger recently joined the board of directors of SafeHouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center. He also is a member of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival board of directors and is an avid art collector and supporter of numerous scientific and cultural institutions in the state. In 2013, Roger was appointed by the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives to the State Commission on Judicial Performance.

Roger earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Colorado State University. He resides in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood.

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  Holly Brown Nichols / Of Counsel

Holly Nichols joined CRL Associates in 1998 and has extensive experience in project management, policy development and implementation, coalition building and communication. She has helped clients in everything from real estate and development to running an auto race in the streets of Downtown Denver. She has an undefeated record implementing successful strategies for a variety of projects including the amendment of an urban renewal district for a convention headquarters hotel; the rezoning of Clayton Lane in Cherry Creek North; rezoning the Canyons project in Douglas County which included over 5,000 acres of agriculturally zoned land; and siting a rail-fed aggregates facility along the US-85 Corridor near Sedalia.

Holly also has held various leadership roles on successful political and community outreach campaigns throughout the region including managing grassroots efforts on the Tourism Pays campaign to expand the Colorado Convention Center; generating regional support for moving through freight rail traffic off the Front Range of Colorado; and, helping pass hundreds of millions in infrastructure improvements to build a new soccer stadium in Commerce City. In fact, in 2001, her outreach efforts on behalf of a client and in cooperation with the South Metro Chamber of Commerce, ultimately led to the formation of the City of Centennial, Colorado.

In addition to her for-profit work, Holly volunteers for numerous civic and charitable organizations. She graduated from the University of Colorado, magna cum laude, with a bachelors of science degree in finance.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Kim Kucera has spent over a decade working closely with elected officials, developers and the business community at large to broker compromises and create consensus on high-profile and often contentious projects.

Kim served eight years as senior council aide to Denver Councilwoman Judy Montero and Councilwoman Ortega. During her time with city council, Kim encouraged compromise between neighborhood and business interests to build political support for a vast array of issues including small-to large-scale redevelopment proposals, neighborhood planning processes, historic designations and environmental impact statements for highway and transportation corridors.

Since joining CRL in 2007, Kim has worked with a broad base of clients throughout the Denver metropolitan area as well as across the state. She provided outreach relative to a proposed annexation on the Western Slope, provided counsel regarding a prominent north metro Denver infill development project, and assists clients such as the Regional Transportation District, Comcast and Waste Management with outreach to local elected officials across the metropolitan area.

Within the City and County of Denver Kim works on behalf of multiple clients to represent their business interests with Mayor Hancock, Cabinet members, City Council and City staff. Recently Kim assisted the City and the Downtown Denver Partnership in gaining property-owner consensus for $4 million in private funding for the 14th Street streetscape project in downtown Denver; successfully lobbied on behalf of several clients to defeat proposed landmark designations without property-owner consent; worked closely with Mayoral appointees and the Community Planning and Development agency to make appropriate changes to the new Denver Zoning Code; and assisted several clients relative to business opportunities at Denver International Airport.

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  Sean Maley / Account Executive

Sean Maley uses an in-depth knowledge of public policy, strategic communications and land-use planning, zoning and entitlement procedures to add value to a broad range of CRL's clients, including landowners and developers throughout the Denver Metro region, the Colorado Rockies, Comcast, and business trade associations such as Denver Metro BOMA, the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS.

Sean has a background in public policy and local government, having served as a council aide to District 10 Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb. In Councilwoman Robb's office, Sean helped with the City's first form-based legislative zoning overlay of Main Street zoning along East Colfax.

Since joining CRL in 2005, Sean has developed a strategic understanding of how to lead successful community-outreach and coalition-building efforts, providing service to a wide range of clients, including landowners and developers, regional and statewide trade associations, telecommunications companies, public facilities and special districts, and any other business or entity seeking local government approvals. Recently, Sean played an integral role on behalf of numerous development clients in Cherry Creek by working on the updated area plan and rezoning multiple high-profile properties.

Sean completed his undergraduate study at the University of Colorado-Boulder and obtained a master's degree in political science with an emphasis in politics, public policy and leadership from the Center for New Directions at the University of Colorado-Denver. Sean is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group and an alumnus of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program. Sean also supervises CRL's internship program in partnership with the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Sean is happiest spending time with his wife, Kristen, and sons Barry and Cullen, or on the golf course.

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  Sean Maley / Account Executive

Allegra “Happy” Haynes most recently served as the chief community engagement officer for Denver Public Schools. She was responsible for leading the district’s parent and community engagement efforts for more than six years, creating collaborative partnerships and managing legislative and governmental affairs.

Prior to her experience with the Denver Public Schools, she worked for two years on the staff of Denver Mayor Hickenlooper as his city council liaison. In all, her career spans 30 years in state and local government—13 of those on Denver’s City Council where she served as president from 1998-2000.

Happy is an impressive public policy strategist and community outreach specialist who focuses on assisting our clients to find better ways to establish more innovative and robust roles in the community. She also will concentrate on developing and mentoring civic involvement and leadership—an advantage for all of our clients.

She currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Stapleton Development Corporation and Foundation, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, City Park Jazz and the Colorado Council of the Trust for Public Land.

Happy’s nickname is derived from the Spanish translation of her first name, Allegra.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Peter Wall serves a wide range of client needs, monitoring local governments and special districts on a variety of issues including land use, procurement, and public policy.

Prior to joining CRL, Peter staffed a wide variety of political campaigns, from congressional to local races. He most recently worked on Steve Hogan's successful campaign for Mayor of Aurora. He is an alumnus of CRL's internship program, working for the firm in the summer of 2009.

Peter graduated from Denison University in May, 2012 with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science and a concentration in international policy. Peter is an avid Avalanche fan and dog lover. He currently has a 1-year-old golden retriever named Reagan.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Jin A. Tsuchiya is CRL's newest addition, having joined the firm in August 2013. In his role as Associate Account Executive, Jin supports client projects in the areas of redevelopment, urban planning, land use, and transportation. He also provides clients with research and analysis assistance on a wide range of topics.

With a strong background in advocacy initiatives and electoral campaigns, Jin also brings to CRL the experience and knowledge to help build successful coalitions and influence public opinion. Before joining CRL's team, he worked on numerous statewide ballot initiatives, as a labor organizer, a health care advocate, policy manager for an alliance of local businesses, and as a public relations professional in the public sector.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Saint Louis University in 2007, and earned his master's degree in public policy analysis from the University of Denver in 2013. He was also a member of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training's class of 2010, and has previously served on the boards of community- and civic-minded organizations in Denver.

Jin lives in Denver with his girlfriend, and their three-legged dog, Hank. He is an avid soccer player and can be found playing in most adult leagues around town.

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  Cathie Grieg / Executive Assistant to Maria Garcia Berry

Cathie is a veteran when it comes to expertly juggling the wide range of administrative needs of top officials. She’s served some distinguished executives, including the Dean of Law at the University of British Columbia. The more variety a job presents, the more she enjoys it. Cathie just can’t stand not being busy, which is never a problem at CRL.

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  Kelley Contreras / Accounts Receivable Manager

Kelley has been with CRL Associates since 1998. With her strong background in music, she also serves as the Youth Music Director at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Centennial and directs the Swallow Hill Choir at Denver’s Swallow Hill Music Association. Kelley’s main job, though, is being mom to her four beautiful children, Sarah, Tessa, Josiah and Isaac.

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