Janice Sinden was named President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) in August 2016. Janice leads the 300 artisans and administrators who have made the 40-year-old cultural gem the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation. She will work to welcome the greater Denver community to engage with the six pillars of the DCPA: Broadway, Theatre Company, Cabaret, Off-Center, Education and Event Services.
Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for five years where she oversaw 60 appointees and 26 departments. Additionally, she served as a lead member of the city’s collective bargaining team, managed the day-to-day complexities of running a major metropolitan city, and raised funds for the Administration’s priority initiatives.
Prior to joining the Hancock Administration, Janice served as the Executive Director of Colorado Concern, an alliance of top executives from across the state with a common interest in enhancing and protecting Colorado’s business climate. She oversaw the organization’s comprehensive legislative agenda, involvement with numerous ballot campaigns and supported a targeted list of statewide candidate elections.
Janice continually draws from her dynamic professional experiences, integrating her personal passion for rich, cultural experiences and access to education with her interest in politics and desire to give back to the community. Her career includes co-founding Pinnacle Public Affairs, a Denver-based political and non-profit consulting firm and serving as the Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Communications for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Recognized for her ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, she has coordinated dozens of large public events, facilitated two constitutional challenges to the Colorado Supreme Court, co-founded EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children) and co-led the effort to establish the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.
Her love for community building and public services began upon her graduation from the University of Northern Colorado when she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for newly-elected U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. In this role, she managed the Senate Renewable and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and served as the Senator’s state lead for the introduction of federal legislation to designate Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site as a National Wildlife Refuge. This legislation passed by Congress and was signed by the President in 2002.
Janice has been recognized by 5280 magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Denver, by the Colorado Women’s Foundation as one of the 25 most influential women in Colorado, by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction, and by the University of Northern Colorado Department of Political Science and International Affairs as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. During her career, she has been actively involved with more than ten nonprofits, and currently serves on the boards of Visit Denver, the American Transplant Foundation, the Denver Preschool Program, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), ONE Colorado and Mental Health Colorado.
She is a fourth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Fort Collins, and she enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling the world, as well as enjoying arts and culture with her friends and family.