Wetminster Economic Development

Our Team

Laurie Brandt

Economic Development Management Intern
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John Burke, P.E., CFM

Downtown Westminster Construction and Development Manager
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Mona Choury

Downtown Westminster Management Analyst
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Jenni Grafton

Economic Development Coordinator
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Chris Gray

Economic Development Officer
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John Hall

Director of Economic Development
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Caroline Joy

Economic Development Marketing Specialist
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Boni Leuenberger

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Technician
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Sarah Nurmela

Downtown Westminster Real Estate and Development Manager
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Heather Ruddy

Community Development Block Grant Coordinator
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Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Economic Development Senior Projects Coordinator
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Shelby Wood

Economic Development Executive Assistant
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Laurie Brandt

Economic Development Management Intern
lbrandt@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2415

Laurie has worked for the City of Westminster since 2006. She joined the Economic Development Office in 2015 as a Management Intern, where she assisted on a variety of programs including business retention and facilitation of Small Business Capital Project Grant program.

Having worked in the city’s Community Development Department for 10 years, she helped develop the city’s Historic Preservation and Public Art Programs as well as revitalization and arts initiatives in the south Westminster neighborhoods. As part of the revitalization effort, she helped found and served as Executive Director for the non-profit South Westminster Arts Group helping form the Historic Westminster Arts District. In addition to her role in Economic Development, Laurie also works in the Parks, Recreation and Libraries as the city’s Cultural Affairs Specialist.

Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and worked for 11 years in hotel management and conference and special event planning. She also ran her own business as an Independent Insurance Broker.

John Burke, P.E., CFM

Downtown Westminster Construction and Development Manager
jburke@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2021

John worked as a Civil Engineer in the private sector for 10 years, and has invested the last 12 years working for the City of Westminster. Currently John is the Downtown Westminster Development and Construction Manager. Prior to that, he managed over $30 million dollars in infrastructure projects to complete Westminster Station which is part of RTD’s Commuter Rail system called the B-Line. He is now turning his focus to help the City in bringing the vision of becoming the next Urban Center on the Front Range to fruition.

Mona Choury

Downtown Westminster Management Analyst
mchoury@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2038

Mona joined the City of Westminster in 2004 assisting Economic Development. In 2016 she began supporting the development of Downtown Westminster as a Downtown Westminster Management Analyst. Her primary focus is development and real estate transaction support, maintaining project schedules, managing the Downtown-related budgets, as well as performing focused research and special tasks relating to the development of Downtown.

Mona is a Westminster native and previously worked for a local Westminster business as an Operations Manager.

Jenni Grafton

Economic Development Coordinator
jgrafton@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2105

Jenni joined the Economic Development Office in 2016, transferring from the City of Westminster’s Community Development Department and bringing experience in urban design, plan review, and development services.  Her primary focus is on redevelopment efforts in the Westminster Station TOD area and coordinating the City’s affordable housing policy and strategy initiative.  Her expertise includes design project management, public policy development, sustainability practices, and urban infill projects.

She has previously served as the design project manager for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and worked with the City of Commerce City as a city planner.  Additionally, Jenni taught in the College of Design at Iowa State University, where she led studios in the core design program, as well as urban and ecological design specialties.  Prior to ISU, Jenni also taught at the University of Colorado in the College of Architecture & Planning, as well as online for the University of Hawaii.

Jenni is an accredited LEED professional with a specialty in Neighborhood Development.  She holds master’s degrees in both Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Colorado with a certificate in Historic Preservation and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado.

Chris Gray

Economic Development Officer
cagray@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2112

Chris joined Economic Development Office in 2011. Chris’s core responsibility is to operate the business attraction function of the office.

Chris has extensive experience in the Denver metro economic development market having served in business development capacities with the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Aurora Economic Development Council and the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center at Colorado State University.  He has also coordinated aerospace industry outreach for Metro Denver WIRED, a strategic workforce development program and served as Director of the San Luis Valley Economic Development Council.

A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado/Denver.

John Hall

Director of Economic Development
jlhall@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2113

John has 25 years of experience in economic development and private land use development consulting. His expertise includes multiple aspects of economic development, including primary business attraction and retention, small business development, retail recruitment, marketing, policy development and analysis, strategic planning, land development and incentive negotiations.

He previously served as Economic Development and Urban Renewal Director for the Town of Parker, Colorado. Prior to that he was business development officer for Westminster. In addition to times with Parker and Westminster, he has served as business recruitment officer for the Portland Development Commission, business development coordinator and Enterprise Zone program manager for the State of Oregon, and senior associate for Leland and Hobson Economic Consultants in Oregon. He has also engaged in teaching and conducted research in economic development at the university level.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Willamette University in Oregon and a master’s degree in economics from Portland State University.

Caroline Joy

Economic Development Marketing Specialist
cjoy@cityofwestminster.us   |   393-658-2110

Caroline Joy joined the Economic Development Office in 2016 as a Marketing Specialist. Caroline’s responsibility is to manage the business and development branding, marketing and communications efforts for the city of Westminster.

Caroline has more than 20 years experience in marketing and communications and has done extensive work in the Denver metro market. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder’s School of Journalism, she worked as a copywriter for the long-time Colorado retailer, Fashion Bar. She has also worked for the Denver Athletic Club, and spent eight years with Bank One (currently JP Morgan Chase) throughout the 1990’s, eventually serving as the vice president of marketing for Colorado.

She has a broad writing background, working as a grants specialist for the Children’s Museum of Denver as well as communications director at the Colorado Bankers Association. She fell in love with economic development and place marketing and branding while working as director of communications for Atlas Advertising in Denver, and had her own marketing and communications consulting business before joining the city. Prior to permanently moving to Colorado in 1985, Caroline hopped around the country (and across the border) living in Ohio, New Jersey, Canada and New York.

Boni Leuenberger

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Technician
bleuenberger@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2102

Boni has worked for the City of Westminster since 1993, and joined the Economic Development Office in 2016. She has handled the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) quarterly reporting, established and maintains CDBG project folder, Integrated Disbursement Information System (IDIS) set-up, draws and accomplishments, Davis Bacon compliance, assistance with the Emergency and Essential Home Repair program, yearly reports to the State Historical Preservation Officer (SHPO), reconciliation of funds, invoice payment and other staff support.

Sarah Nurmela

Downtown Westminster Real Estate and Development Manager
snurmela@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2136

Sarah has 16 years of experience in the public and private sector in the field of urban design and planning, with work throughout the country but with a focus in Colorado and California. At the City of Westminster, she led long range planning and urban design as Principal Planner and Senior Urban Designer, writing and managing award-winning plans including the citywide Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Specific Plan. As a consultant for Dyett & Bhatia Urban and Regional Planners in San Francisco, she led multiple transit-oriented redevelopment and station area plans, citywide comprehensive (general) plans, and community and area-specific outreach processes.

Her work has encompassed land use and urban design strategies for major transit centers including San Jose Diridon Station and Santa Clara Station; working with major transit agencies including the California Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Valley Transportation Authority, Sam Trans, CalTrain, and the California High Speed Rail Authority; and managing and writing multiple downtown and community-wide comprehensive plans.

Prior to Dyett & Bhatia, Sarah worked for Goody Clancy & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca in Portland, Oregon in both architecture and urban design. Sarah has a master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University, a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and certification by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Heather Ruddy

Community Development Block Grant Coordinator
hruddy@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2111

Heather joined the Economic Development Office in 2016. She is a government policy and budget professional with over a decade in local government experience.  Heather has led the development of many new programs and initiatives in the public sector ranging from the fields of purchasing to program and policy audits. Heather currently manages the City of Westminster’s federal Community Development Block Grant Program, providing benefit to the city’s low- moderate income residents.  She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Economic Development Planning from the University of Colorado, and completed a triple major at the University of Denver in Public Affairs, Sociology, and Russian Language and Literature.

Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Economic Development Senior Projects Coordinator
stroller@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2138

Stephanie joined the Economic Development Office in early 2017. Her primary focus will be assisting in the revitalization of south Westminster and business retention. Stephanie brings over 13 years of economic development and project management experience. She has a strong background in helping communities achieve their short-term and long-term goals through facilitated strategic planning processes.

She previously served as the Colorado Main Street Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Prior to that, she served as a Regional Economic and Community Development Manager in New Mexico. Her professional background includes business retention, downtown revitalization, affordable housing, public facilitation, policy, and practical problem solving.

Stephanie is a Certified Economic Developer, CEcD, with focus on strategic planning and neighborhood revitalization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from New Mexico State University and is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Administration Executive Program at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Shelby Wood

Economic Development Executive Assistant
swood@cityofwestminster.us   |   303-658-2168

Shelby joined the Economic Development Office in 2016, but has been an employee with the City of Westminster since 2012. She is the executive assistant for John Hall and oversees the day-to-day department operations, as well as budget preparation and management.

After graduating cum laude and earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa Shelby joined Target Corporation for eight years, eventually serving as a Team Leader. She’s held several support and team leader positions at various companies in Florida and Colorado, including Sound Advice and Norandex Building Materials before joining the city in 2012.

Originally a member of the Human Resources team, Shelby provided key support to the Training and Risk Management staffs. She is a board member of the City of Westminster’s Employee Service Club and a graduate of the city’s Leadership Development program.