CEO, Denver Botanic Gardens
Brian Vogt has been the CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens since April 2007. His 25 years of community leadership and an extensive background in fundraising, organizational management, communications and branding, cultural development and volunteer coordination have proven invaluable as the Gardens engages in a historic capital campaign and the subsequent build-out of its new Master Development Plan. By the end of 2010, over 30 construction projects and nearly $50 million dollars worth of investments will have been made, in just over two years, at the Gardens, including the Mordecai Children’s Garden, the new parking complex, the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center and the Greenhouse Complex.
Brian served in three Cabinet positions for the State of Colorado from 2004 through January of 2007, including all three years as Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). In these positions, he oversaw a wide range of economic development activities, including domestic and international business development, small business programs, as well as the Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Council on the Arts and the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Under his watch, services offered by OEDIT supported the creation of over 30,000 new jobs in Colorado. He also led a statewide branding initiative, worked with the State Legislature to pass historic economic development legislation in 2006, created the Advance Colorado Center and built a statewide communications system.
Brian also served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology, and as the Governor’s designee on the Colorado Economic Development Commission and the Financial Review Committee. Simultaneous to his role as Director of OEDIT, he served for over a year as the Acting Secretary of Technology and as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. He was a member of the Governor’s Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee.
Brian is a second-generation Colorado native and holds a BA degree in Classical Antiquity from the University of Colorado. Prior to working for the State, Brian spent 14 years as the President of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce and four years prior as its Vice President for Economic Development.
He is a writer, painter and hiker. In his career, he has delivered over 1,000 speeches, written numerous columns and articles, and traveled to all 50 states and 30 countries.