Penny May is an experienced government executive who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. May is one of the city’s go-to administrators having simultaneously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Services for 18 months. She also lead the Denver Department of Human Services through groundbreaking improvements that saw wait times for customers seeking public benefits reduced from several weeks to several hours. May also served as the Executive Director of Denver’s Excise and Licensing Department where she had the tremendous task of implementing the licensure program for Denver’s first licensed medical marijuana facilities. In addition, May has worked as Legislative Analyst for City Council, Senior Analyst for then Councilman Doug Linkhart and served as then-Mayor John Hickenlooper’s Deputy City Council Liaison.
Penny holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Denver. Always versatile, Penny is also a graduate of the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. In her spare time, Penny enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and friends and volunteers with the Denver Asset Building Coalition.