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.

  1. Catherine Kearney-Marinelli
  2. Peter Kenney

Catherine Kearney Marinelli

Catherine 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 38 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. 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 home buyers and Housing Stability Flex Fund at the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative to assist those at-risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness secure stable housing. 

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 Central Park neighborhood and are the proud parents of two awesome teenagers and a menagerie of small animals.

Emma Bangs

Emma BangsEmma joined the Metro Mayors Caucus Staff as a Program Assistant in July 2022. She fills a key role for the Caucus in policy and program development.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Emma moved to Colorado to complete her education and never left. She takes advantage of Colorado's great outdoors with hiking and running, she coaches rugby, and plays guitar in a swing band.

Emma holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver and a B.A. in Media Studies and Theater Production from Beloit College, Wisconsin.

Emma became passionate about community planning during a year with AmeriCorps serving 7 jurisdictions throughout the Midwest on disaster response and unique community improvement projects. Her experience engaging with the people of these communities prepares her well for the work of the Metro Mayors Caucus — as does the internship she completed with the City of Centennial Planning Department working on their housing study.