Applications for our Leadership Jeffco Class will be open May 1, 2024.


Since its inception in 1985, Leadership Jeffco has been pivotal in cultivating community leadership across Jefferson County. Joining forces with the JeffCo Economic Development Corporation in 2022, this legacy program now has greater access to the surrounding community more than ever before.

Leadership Jeffco strives for our students to understand their strengths to position them for the future while offering personal tours of leading industries, higher education, and governmental locations.

Celebrating over 40 years of heritage, we offer programs such as Youth Leadership Jeffco and the Peer Community Leadership Exchange (PCLE), nurturing future generations and fostering collaboration among current leaders. Our growth is marked by the largest class in history for 2024, reflecting our mission to build a dynamic network of influencers and change-makers dedicated to enriching our community.

"Participating in this program offered a fantastic opportunity to delve into the inner workings of Jefferson County, connecting with leaders across various sectors. The interactive experiences, including business tours and insights from community leaders, greatly enriched my understanding of local leadership and entrepreneurial spirit."
— Matt Malone - Barber-Nichols Inc. - President & CEO


Leadership Jeffco Class

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and local exploration with our signature Leadership Class, open for applications from May 1 to May 31.

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Youth Leadership Jeffco

Partnering with Jeffco Public Schools, we inspire the next generation to uncover their strengths and carve out their future career paths right in their own backyard.

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Peer Community Leadership Exchange (PCLE) is an exclusive group of Jefferson County leaders, engaging with other communities nationwide to turn shared challenges into opportunities for collective success.

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Leadership Jeffco Alumni

Join the renewed Leadership Jeffco Alumni Association, where past meets present to forge a future of continued connection, collaboration, and community impact.

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6 Types of Working Genius

Discover how the Working Genius model, led by our Director, can transform your team's productivity and fulfillment, while your investment nurtures the future leaders of our Youth Leadership Program.

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Sponsorship Opportunities with Leadership Jeffco

Boost your company's visibility and impact in the community by sponsoring Leadership Jeffco.

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“Leadership Jeffco provided an invaluable platform to deepen my understanding of the community sectors in my area, enhancing my leadership skills and civic awareness. The program facilitated connections that are beneficial both professionally and personally, shaping me into a more effective leader and engaged community member.”


“Through my involvement with Leadership Jeffco, I enhanced my understanding of the community and fostered strategic collaborations, including revising the WMFR strategic plan with insights from a key leader with Jeffco Public Schools, Tara Pena. This experience expanded my network and provided a platform for ongoing support and resource sharing among community leaders.”


“Leadership Jeffco was a transformative experience, providing me with in-depth knowledge of Jefferson County's key issues, connections with innovative leaders, and personal skill growth within a supportive and professional environment. My favorite moments included exploring local small businesses and building lasting relationships during our class happy hours, all of which underscored my commitment to positively impacting our community alongside like-minded professionals.”

Brad Dempsey - Principal of Brad Dempsey Law LLC and CEO of Tattered Cover Book Store

“Leadership Jeffco has been instrumental in enhancing my understanding of our county's services and has deepened my awareness of how I can positively impact my community. The program not only expanded my professional network but also led to forming lifelong friendships, marking a truly enriching journey of discovery and leadership growth.”

Rheana Rogers - City of Golden - Executive Administrative Manager

“The program's direct engagement with diverse professionals sparked my interest in engineering and building sciences, highlighted by inspiring interactions with robotics labs and hospital operations. These experiences have shaped my proactive approach to career exploration and reinforced my passion for engineering and operational management.”

Anderson R. - Youth Leadership Jeffco - Green Mountain High School

“Leadership Jeffco provides an enriching and educational experience, enabling participants to discover community priorities beyond their industry and connect with fellow residents. This unique initiative offers a chance to interact with community leaders, learn from their experiences, and build lasting relationships throughout an enlightening year.”

Chelsea Clement - Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies - Program Manager

“The 2023-24 Leadership Jeffco Program has been an extraordinary journey, offering unparalleled exposure to a network of experts and organizations that enhanced my leadership perspective and connected me deeply with the civic fabric of Colorado. This experience has enriched my understanding and role as a leader, fostering invaluable relationships and setting the stage for continued collaboration in Jefferson County's community development.”

Jamie Sorrells - Office of the District Attorney - 18th Judicial District - Director of Consumer Fraud Protection

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Leadership Jeffco Board of Directors

Leslie Hord
Financial Center Manager, Vice President
Independent Financial
Tim Miller
State Affairs Director
Colorado Farm Bureau
John Moore
S. V. P., Regional Director of Business Development
JE Dunn Construction
Jenny Nikaido
Community & State Government Relations Sr Specialist
Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies
Tara Pena
Chief of Family and Community Partnerships
Jeffco Public Schools
Matthew Schlageter
Principal Director, Civil Engineering
Cassie Tanner
Public Affairs Specialist
AAA The Auto Club Group

Meet the Director of Leadership - Tyson Noeth