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Affordable Housing: Who’s responsibility should it be, and how can we make it a reality for people in Colorado?

  • Plante Moran's Denver Tech Center Offices 8181 East Tufts Avenue Denver, CO, 80237 United States (map)

The Opportunity Coalition is honored to host a quarterly panel on the topic of affordable housing in Colorado. With prices in Denver and surrounding areas skyrocketing as thousands of people move to the area each month, many people are being priced out of the area. In order to enhance discussion on the topic, the Opportunity Coalition invited three local business leaders to participate on the topic.

Northstar Founder and CEO, Brian Watson, will host the panel, and the panelists include:

- Erin Goff – General Counsel, Axiom Strategies, Inc.
- Randy Thelen -
Vice President of Economic Development, Downtown Denver Partnership
- Mike Leccese -
Executive Director, Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado)

Please note, there will be a new location for the event. The location will be at Plante Moran’s Headquarters in Denver, Colorado at the Denver Tech Center located at 8181 E. Tufts Ave., Denver, CO, 80237. Below, you will find the link to buy tickets, information about the OC, the event schedule, and panelist’s biographies. We look forward to hosting you!

Location: Plante Moran’s DTC Offices
8181 E Tufts Ave
Denver, CO 80237
Guest parking is behind the building in the parking garage

About the OC:
The Opportunity Coalition (the “OC”) is a 501(c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization that I founded in 2013 that helps to promote free enterprise, opportunity and empowerment throughout the great State of Colorado, and does so by inspiring and connecting business, non-profit, community and academic leaders. 

The Opportunity Coalition’s events feature a different guest panel each quarter and provide attendees with the rare opportunity to glean wisdom and insights from Colorado’s most influential and accomplished business, legal, academic, entrepreneurial and political leaders. 

A special thanks to Plante Moran who is hosting us at their office building, and providing food and beverages for the event.

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Erin Goff – General Counsel
Axiom Strategies, Inc.

Erin Goff is Axiom’s General Counsel. She brings extensive legal and legislative experience in many areas, including: land use, urban renewal, tax increment finance, condemnation, annexation, criminal and civil justice, immigration, technology, public finance and municipal law.

Prior to joining Axiom, Erin was the Senior Staff Attorney and Legislative Director for the Colorado Municipal League where she advocated municipal policy positions before the state legislature and administrative agencies. While at the Municipal League Erin drafted and submitted amicus briefs to the Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals. She also has courtroom experience, as she once went to watch oral arguments for one of the cases she briefed. Erin previously practiced at the law firm of Holme, Roberts & Owen LLP, now Bryan Cave, where her practice focused primarily on land use, general municipal law and public finance. Erin received her JD from the University of Denver College of Law in 1999 and her undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri in 1991 (GO TIGERS!). When she is not keeping the Axiom staff in line from a legal perspective, or advocating tirelessly on behalf of Axiom clients, Erin is most likely either training for her next marathon (or droning on about one of her marathons) or being overly-involved in her daughter’s extra-curricular activities.

She is an active member of the Vocal Art Major Parents group (VAMP, yes, really) at the Denver School of the Arts and a member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Approximately three years after an incident occurred during which Erin may or may not have been complicit in the untimely death of the family hamster, she began to open her home and her heart to less fortunate animals with the adoption of a three-legged cat named Carlyle. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Erin also participated in the Joplin tornado relief efforts and continues to support the recovery of her hometown. If Erin came across a puppy stranded up in a tree, she would save it.

Randy Thelen - Vice President, Economic Development
Downtown Denver Partnership

Randy is responsible for guiding economic development and growing Denver’s thriving economic base including, attracting investment to the center city, business recruitment and retention, housing, retail and public policy initiatives. With a focus on recruiting and retaining employers; working with developers, financial entities and government representative in attracting and planning for new development; promoting the center city’s brand as an economic hub and home for innovation in the region; and directing efforts to attract housing development to Downtown while increasing the diversity of housing options. Randy joins the Partnership from the Greater Omaha Chamber where he served as senior vice president of economic development. Beyond the Chamber, he is an experienced entrepreneur and economic developer with experience at the state, regional and local level. In addition to serving as president of Lakeshore Advantage, he has played key roles in several urban development projects in Downtown Detroit. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Master of Art in applied economics.

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Mike Leccese - Executive Director
Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado)

Since 2005, Michael Leccese has been executive director of ULI Colorado, a District Council of the 40,000-member Urban Land Institute.

Working with ULI Colorado’s 1,400 members and a staff of three, Leccese works on 50+ ULI Colorado programs a year, including project tours, panel discussions, advisory services, leadership and mentorship programs, publications, and an awards program. In 2013, ULI gave ULI Colorado its first Impact Award as the District Council with the most positive community influence.

Previously Michael worked as a communications consultant, newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and book author mainly covering architecture, urban design and real estate. He has served on civic task forces, boards and committees in Boulder, Denver, and Washington, D.C.; and helped launch the region-wide Neighborhood Eco Pass program with RTD Denver in 1995.

The New York native has a B.A. in English Literature and Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is married to a ULI member, writer Kathleen McCormick, with two grown children. He enjoys travel (especially visiting cities), reading, music, and the great outdoors of Colorado.


5:00pm - Open Networking w/ Food and Cocktails

5:30pm – Introductory Remarks

5:35pm – Start of Panel Discussion w/ Brian Watson Moderating

6:30pm – End of Panel Discussion

6:30pm – Open Networking

7pm – End of Event