Governor-Elect Jared Polis Launches Transition Committee

Governor-Elect Jared Polis today announced the formation of his Transition Committee, which will be charged with recruiting cabinet-level personnel for the Polis-Primavera administration and making recommendations on how to make the executive branch of state government work best for the people of Colorado.


The Transition Committee will be led by 14 distinguished Colorado community leaders who represent the best of Colorado and will convene working groups of experts in their field. The transition will consist of seven specialized committees, each charged with examining opportunities to improve how state government works and build an inclusive team with diverse experience to serve in the Polis-Primavera Administration, bringing a broad range of expertise and perspectives to state leadership.


“Dianne and I plan to hit the ground running in January and get to work turning our vision for a stronger education system, expanding access to affordable health care, and an economy that works for everyone into reality,” Jared Polis said. “Over the next 60 days, a group of more than 60 experts in their field, community leaders, and Coloradans representing the broad diversity of our state will be helping us prepare to take on these challenges.”


“Every Coloradan wants good schools, healthy communities, and more opportunity for the next generation. I am proud to serve on the Polis administration's transition committee to work towards our shared goals,” said Transition Committee member and former Congressman Bob Schaffer.


“An inclusive government that works for all hard-working Coloradans begins with a transition rooted in the mission to boldly create a government by the people, for the people. It’s an honor to serve our great state in this capacity,” said Transition Committee member and former State Senator Polly Baca.


“The transition process is a great opportunity to unite in our common purpose of making our great state even better and a desire to expand opportunity. It’s an honor to help the next administration succeed for all Coloradans,” said Transition Committee member Dr. Al Yates.


To ensure an efficient, transparent, nonpartisan, and inclusive process that gets beyond partisan politics to focus on what's best for all Coloradans, the operations and work of the transition subcommittees are being coordinated by the Keystone Policy Center. For more than 40 years, Keystone has helped public and private sector leaders bring together diverse perspectives to develop lasting solutions to some of the nation’s most complex policy challenges. 


Jared Polis and Lieutenant Governor-Elect Dianne Primavera are committed to an open, and inclusive transition process. Through the newly launched website,, the public is encouraged to get involved in the transition process by applying to volunteer on one of the subcommittees, attend a public event, or submit their ideas for improving Colorado. Subcommittees and working groups have a lot of work to accomplish in 60 short days so they will be keeping a busy schedule and hosting meetings across the state.

Hayley Drapkin