Denver Preschool Program

Board of Directors

Janice Sinden

Chief of Staff, Office of Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock

Janice Sinden is a fourth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Rocky Mountain High School, and then the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Upon graduation from college, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for newly-elected U.S. Senator Wayne Allard where she worked on issues including agriculture, natural resources and the environment. She also managed the Senate Renewable and Energy Efficiency Caucus which the Senator chaired. After several years in Washington, she returned to Colorado and continued her work for the Senator managing a nine-county district covering the northwestern part of the state. During her tenure with Senator Allard, Sinden served as the state contact for the introduction of federal legislation to designate Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site as a National Wildlife Refuge. This legislation passed and was signed by the President in 2002.

After working for Senator Allard, Sinden moved to San Diego, California where she served as the Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Communications for Sharp HealthCare. The hospital system includes seven hospitals and three medical groups, and Sinden reported directly to the CEO at each hospital, in addition to the President of Marketing and Corporate Communications. Her responsibilities included coordinating the organization’s annual Community Benefits Plan that was submitted annually to California’s Office of Statewide Planning and Development. She also coordinated Sharp’s largest marketing event attended by more than 1,800 women each year, and organized more than 30 events to build partnerships with community leaders and policy makers throughout the region. Additionally, she organized the largest American Heart Walk team in the nation, raising more than $200,000 and coordinated the participation of over 1,000 walkers.

Sinden returned to Denver, Colorado at the end of 2002 and worked for Capitol Solutions as a state and federal lobbyist consulting for a number of nonprofits, associations and corporations. In 2005, she co-founded Pinnacle Public Affairs, a Denver-based firm which coordinated media events, managed fundraising for candidates and issue committees, provided comprehensive strategic planning for clients, and federal lobbying services.

In 2007, Sinden became the Executive Director of Colorado Concern, an alliance of more than 100 top executives from across the state who have joined together to work towards solutions to their mutual business challenges. She oversaw the public policy agenda for the organization and manages the lobbying team to promote and advance a strong pro-business agenda.

In July 2011, Sinden was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to serve as his Chief of Staff. She oversees 22 city agencies and departments, manages the city’s federal lobbying efforts, and directs the day to day operations of the city.

Sinden has been actively involved with more than ten nonprofits, public policy and philanthropic organizations, and she enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.