Will work to increase Democratic, pro-choice women serving in Colorado public office
06/10/11 DENVER – The BlueFlower Fund announced today that Cary Kennedy, Pat Waak and Susan Daggett have joined its Advisory Board.
“We are excited to have three of Colorado’s most prominent, progressive women voices join our Advisory Board,” said Karen Wick, president of the BlueFlower Fund. “Each of them is a champion of our work and has supported our organization and the candidates we fund for years. Having them on our Advisory Board further strengthens our focus to increase the number of Democratic, pro-choice women serving in public office in Colorado.”
“I am honored to join BlueFlower as an advisor this year. Continuing to support Democratic, pro-choice women in their quest for elected office is an important investment in Colorado’s future,” said former state treasurer Cary Kennedy. “Over the past 7 years, BlueFlower has supported women like me across Colorado and I am happy to join this important effort.”
The BlueFlower Fund is a Small Donor Committee that mobilizes donors across the state of Colorado to support Democratic, pro-choice female candidates. Individual contributions to the Fund are limited to $50 per year. Its sister organization, the BlueFlower Project, is a 527 that also works to increase the number of Democratic, pro-choice, progressive women serving in public office in Colorado. Since late 2004, it has targeted state and local races to create a strong bench of women ready to run for federal or statewide office.
Cary Kennedy served as Colorado State Treasurer from 2006 to 2010. Previously, she worked in the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budgeting for Governor Roy Romer from 1995 to 1998. She worked as a fiscal analyst for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Children's Basic Health Plan in 1998 and 1999. In 1999-2000, Kennedy led a broad bipartisan coalition to increase funding for Colorado's public schools. Amendment 23 was approved by Colorado voters in 2000. In 2000-2002, Kennedy worked for Educare Colorado (now Qualistar) to bring increased federal funding into Colorado to support early education and school readiness. She later joined the Colorado Children's Campaign to work on a statewide initiative to increase the tax on tobacco products in order to expand health insurance for low-income children and fund cancer research. In 2004-2005, Kennedy served as the policy director for House Speaker Andrew Romanoff to assist with the development of the budget compromise Referendum C, approved by Colorado voters in 2005. Kennedy graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, earned master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.
Pat Waak served as the Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party from 2005 to 2011. From 1966 to 1968, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil. During the Carter Administration, she worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development and then joined Columbia University as Assistant Director for the Center for Population and Family Health. Waak later spent 17 years at the National Audubon Society. Waak was a delegate to the 1994 U.N. International Conference on Population and Development. In 1992, she was named a Population Reference Bureau Honorary Fellow and, in 1998, received the Audubon Society’s Charles Callison Award. In 1976, she was deputy campaign manager for presidential candidate Sargent Shriver and, in 2002, ran for U.S. Congress in Colorado’s 4th congressional district. Waak was a member of the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Association of State Democratic Chairs. She was appointed to the DNC Resolutions Committee and elected as one of two representatives to the board of the DNC Women's Caucus. Waak is a licensed registered nurse in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in psychology and a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Susan Daggett is an environmental attorney. She has served as the managing attorney for the Denver office of Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm, where she represented nonprofit environmental groups in litigation under the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act and a variety of other environmental statutes. In the past, she worked as a consultant to conservation groups to address the impact associated with oil and gas development in the Mountain West and served as a Commissioner of Denver Water. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for The Nature Conservancy of Colorado. Daggett graduated from Mount Holyoke College and earned a Juris Doctor from Yale University.
Current Advisory Board members include: Jennifer Coken, Lynea Hansen, Josie Heath, Dottie Lamm, Beth McCann, Jennifer Mello, Dorothy Rupert, Gail Schoettler, Barbara Scott and Gloria Tanner.
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