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Rebecca Swanson joined Mental Health Colorado in 2017. She brings nearly fifteen years of public policy and research experience, most recently as Research Director for the University of Denver Strategic Issues Program.

Prior to DU, Rebecca served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. One of her primary areas of focus was local affairs, as well as the intersection between local, state, and federal policies. She represented the governor on the Western Governors Association Staff Council and chaired or served on several gubernatorial boards and task forces.

Rebecca obtained a master’s degree in public policy in 2005 from the University of Denver, where she worked as graduate research assistant for former Governor Richard D. Lamm. Additionally, after studying neuroscience at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, she spent more than ten years educating both children and adults. This work included 5 years in the Minnesota public k-12 school system, and many years planning and leading national and international-based wilderness and service learning trips. This is where her passion for mental health advocacy began. It continues through her work and personal life.

Rebecca lives in Denver with her husband, two fantastic children, and her toothless dog.