Jennifer Jones Paton

President and CEO303-592-4072
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Jennifer Jones Paton

Jennifer Jones Paton

President and CEO303-592-4072

Jennifer brings a rich background and deep relationships in policy and economic development to her role at Colorado BioScience Association. She focuses on improving access to capital for companies, developing the bioscience workforce, fostering a collaborative environment across the state’s life science sector, and working with policymakers and economic developers on creating a thriving business environment for the industry. Jennifer works closely with the CBSA board of directors and the organization’s partners across the state to achieve CBSA’s objectives.

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Emily Roberts

Vice President303-592-4071
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Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts

Vice President303-592-4071

Emily leads Colorado BioScience Association’s policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level, and collaborates with Colorado BioScience Association’s President & CEO and board of directors on the development and execution of strategic initiatives for continued growth of the Association.

Before joining CBSA, she served as director of advocacy and strategic alliances at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), where she directed the We Work for Health program and raised awareness about the industry’s economic impact. Emily also focused on state government relations and alliance development for four years at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), before she joined PhRMA.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University.

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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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Meg John

Vice President, Colorado Bioscience Institute303-749-0078
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Meg John

Meg John

Vice President, Colorado 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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