Jennifer Jones Paton

President and CEO303-592-4072
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Jennifer Jones Paton

Jennifer Jones Paton

President and CEO303-592-4072

Jennifer leads CBSA’s work to create co-opportunity for the Colorado life sciences community. She cultivates Colorado’s culture of collaboration and advocates for a business and policy environment that fosters innovation.

Before joining CBSA as vice president in 2016, Jones Paton directed Public Affairs for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She started with the Chamber in 2012 and quickly moved into leadership roles, becoming Public Affairs Director in 2014. Jones Paton started her career in the international department of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where she managed programs focused on Europe and Eurasia and planned events with U.S. and international heads of state.

Jennifer holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Southern Methodist University.

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Michael Crews

Vice President303-592-4071
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Michael Crews

Michael Crews

Vice President303-592-4071

Michael leads Colorado BioScience Association’s policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level and collaborates with CBSA’s President & CEO and board of directors to develop and execute strategic initiatives that support the growth and health of CBSA and Colorado’s life sciences community.

Michael’s experience running successful legislative initiatives, building coalitions to secure funding for critical infrastructure, and finding common ground with policymakers on key issues will advance CBSA’s work to build a pro-innovation environment for life sciences in Colorado. Before joining CBSA, he served as the Policy Director for One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families. Michael also managed the diverse intergovernmental affairs needs for the city of Aurora working in the Office of the City Manager. And he began his career by spending three years in a variety of staff roles supporting former Governor John Hickenlooper, leaving the administration as the Director of the Office of Constituent Services.  

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Steve Ambriz

Administrative Services Director303-592-4089
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Steve Ambriz

Steve Ambriz

Administrative Services Director303-592-4089

Steve supports health innovation in Colorado through his day-to-day management of Colorado BioScience Association. He runs operations, leads budgeting and financial controls of CBSA and the Institute, oversees administrative functions, and manages grant activity and reporting.

Before assuming management of CBSA operations in 2010, Steve supported investor relations efforts at Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. He began building his expertise in promoting innovative companies in several earlier roles. Previously, he championed startups at the Small Business Development Center and in various positions at Colorado financial institutions.

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Tracey Nilson

Director of Partnerships303-592-4088
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Tracey Nilson

Tracey Nilson

Director of Partnerships303-592-4088

Tracey develops networking and events strategy for CBSA and leads efforts to attract, cultivate and retain members and sponsors. She builds relationships with partners and sponsors to grow our statewide culture of life sciences collaboration through conferences, symposia, forums, specialized training, and professional networking events. Her work includes connecting CBSA sponsors to members and the broader life sciences community through more than 30 high-value events each year.

Before joining CBSA in 2010, she directed development for the National Kidney Foundation in Colorado, Montana and Wyoming, where she grew donor relationships, developed events and built awareness. Her deep background in creating programs to support Colorado businesses also includes roles as the membership coordinator for VISIT Denver, previously the Denver Convention and Visitors Bureau, and managing conference services at Magnolia Hotels.

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Natalie Allen

Event Coordinator303-952-6092
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Natalie Allen

Natalie Allen

Event Coordinator303-952-6092

Working with the Director of Partnerships, Natalie executes all details for the association’s 30+ programs and events annually and assists in the day to day operations, communications and administrative work of the Association. Natalie is responsible for the successful scheduling, promotion, pre-planning and implementation of the various programs and events to support our ecosystem.

Before joining CBSA, Natalie worked for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce providing direct support and resources to members. She has held many roles involving marketing, public relations and event planning with organizations such as Karsh Hagan Advertising, Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Platte Valley Medical Center and The Moxi Theater.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Monfort College of Business at University of Northern Colorado.

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Meg John

Vice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303-749-0078
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Meg John

Meg John

Vice President ofColorado BioScience Institute303-749-0078

Meg grows experienced life sciences professionals in our state with her leadership of Colorado BioScience Institute’s workforce development initiatives. She secures programmatic funding for leadership and job training, cultivates and sustains partnerships between companies and schools, and grows startup programs for the Institute.

Meg worked with Colorado BioScience Association leaders to establish the Institute in 2015. Prior to her work at the Institute, she developed and managed teacher professional development and school district partnership programs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, serving more than 3,000 teachers and 5,000 students in 60 schools each year. Meg has a long-term track record of building successful programs and developing strategic partnerships with the STEM community.

She holds a Master of Science degree in experiential education from Minnesota State University and a Bachelor of Arts in in environmental science and anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.

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