Senator Schwartz has a distinguished legislative record in education, water, natural resources and energy. Her legislation helped build Colorado’s New Energy Economy to diversify and expand Colorado’s “all the above” energy portfolio which continues to create jobs and investment. Gail is widely known as a champion for social justice and for tirelessly promoting the quality of life and economic interests of rural Colorado. One of her key legislative achievements is the “BEST Bill” — Building Excellent Schools Today — which has built over $1.25 Billion of new K-12 schools, revived civic pride, and jump-started the economies of rural communities throughout Colorado. As a resident of the Western Slope for over forty years, Gail continues to dedicate herself to making Western and Southern Colorado the best possible place to live, work, raise a family, and educate our children.


George Sparks has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November 2004. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. He was General Manager for several HP divisions from 1987-1999, eventually leading a division of 1800 people worldwide. His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global businesses in software, systems, and services. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, George spent 9 years in the Air Force as a pilot and as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the USAF Academy (1976-1978). He is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and also holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. George’s passion is educational public policy, particularly around STEAM (adding Arts to traditional math and science, STEM). He is a member of Colorado Concern and the Colorado Forum, and is on the Boards of Aspen Academy (an independent school), Colorado Bright Beginnings (Emeritus), Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado Student Leaders Institute, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver School of Science & Technology, Mountain States Employers Council, Inc., the Public Education and Business Coalition (Emeritus), The Leaders Initiative, and Visit Denver. He loves his wife and all his children.


As president of Alpine Waste & Recycling, John Griffith has built a company with consistently growing revenues and increasingly influential presence in the Denver area’s waste and recycling industries. John founded Alpine in 1999 with one truck and one employee. Today, Alpine has approximately 250 employees, and annual revenues of $49MM. Griffith was a two-time finalist the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2010 and 2012; and he was a finalist for ColoradoBiz magazine’s CEO of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, the only time in the magazine’s history that an executive was named in consecutive years. Alpine also received ColoradoBiz magazine’s Top Company Award in the Service Category in 2008. John serves on the Board of Directors of Firefly Autism, a Colorado nonprofit organization that assists children with autism. John also serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Star Recyclers, a Colorado nonprofit electronic waste recycler that employs persons with disabilities. Originally from Uvalde, Texas, he attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business. He spends his spare time hiking and backpacking, usually in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. He has twin sons, Luke and Jack.