Metro Mayors Caucus Staff
The Metro Mayors Caucus is organized and managed by Civic Results, a Denver based non-profit firm. Principals and senior staff of Civic Results helped to organize and have provided strategic advice, policy support and staff to the Caucus since 1993.
Catherine Kearney Marinelli
Catherine Marinelli is the Managing Principal at Civic Results, a Colorado based 501(c)(3) non-profit, where she also serves as the Executive Director of the Metro Mayors Caucus. The Caucus is a voluntary, regional association of 40 mayors from throughout the 7-county Denver Metropolitan area. Collectively, Caucus member cities comprise a region that is home to fifty-six percent of Colorado's population.
Since 1996, Catherine has worked with the Caucus to identify critical policy issues and build the consensus necessary to implement statewide, regional and local policy solutions. She has worked within the region and with partners across the state to develop understanding of the need for a new, sustainable and mode-flexible revenue source for state, regional and local mobility investments. Over the past 22 years, Catherine has facilitated multi-jurisdictional regional compacts on energy efficiency, water conservation, health and wellness, and growth. She also helped to establish the Caucus' multi-year, multi-jurisdictional mortgage bond program for first-time buyers and an affordable rental Transit Oriented Development pool at the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.
More recently, she wrote a successful grant application for the international IBM Smarter Cities program and convened a multi-disciplinary Smarter Cities Task Force to implement IBM's recommendations for streamlining access and delivery of services to persons experiencing homelessness. She worked with Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, the Housing and Urban Development designated Continuum of Care Provider for the 7-county area, to create Landlord Recruitment and Emergency Assistance Funds to facilitate the housing of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
In the area of water conservation, she led the multi-jurisdictional effort to draft Best Management Practices which were later adopted as an appendix to Colorado's Model Water Conservation Plan. Catherine has worked on special projects with a variety of agencies, local governments and foundations including the City and County of Denver, Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Homeowners Opportunity Alliance, the US Department of Energy, Hunger Free Colorado, and The Denver Foundation.
Education & Personal Life
Catherine earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Colorado State University. She was a 2010 recipient of a Gates Foundation Fellowship for the State and Local Government Executive Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Catherine and her husband Bill live in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood with their two teenage children.
Peter is a Founding Principal of Civic Results. Peter helped a small group of mayors to create the Metro Mayors Caucus in 1993 and since then has served variously as chief of staff, principal policy advisor, and consensus facilitator to Caucus members.
He has more than forty years of policy development and management experience as an elected official in municipal and county governments and as a public policy consultant. Peter's experience includes serving as a mayor and a county commissioner in Clear Creek County. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) for seven years, serving as chair of the Executive Committee, and vice chair of the Board in 1992. Peter chaired DRCOG's Long Term Care Task Force and served on the Transportation Committee. He served as president of Colorado Counties Incorporated and as chair of several committees and task forces for the National Association of Counties. Peter was the 1987 Colorado County Commissioner of the Year and was the 1997 recipient of the John V. Christiensen memorial award from DRCOG. Peter was a recipient of a Gates Foundation Fellowship for the State and Local Government Executives Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
For 13 months beginning in late summer 2003, Peter served under contract for the U.S Agency for International Development in Baghdad, Iraq as a principal advisor to new local governments throughout Baghdad Province.
Meghan is a graduate student studying public administration with a concentration in environmental law, policy, and management at the University of Colorado Denver.
She received a Bachelors of Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in wildlife sciences.
While studying at SUNY ESF, she traveled to Chiapas, Mexico where she studied sustainable agriculture with indigenous Mayan communities. She also worked with a team to develop a facilitative wetland model for polluted waterways in San Cristobal de las Casas. Her focus has been in sustainability and environmental laws and policies in local government. She is working as the Program Assistant to the Metro Mayors Caucus Program.