Colorado Women Leading Government

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To recognize and celebrate the leadership roles that women play in Colorado city and county management by providing holistic professional development, networking, and dynamic career-building opportunities aimed at helping women realize their potential and to succeed in public service.

Community | Coaching | Mentorship

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Leadership Team

Elyse Ackerman Casselberry, Chair

Elyse Ackerman Casselberry started with the City in August of 2020 as City Manager. Elyse has worked in local and state government since 2001 in community development and public administration with some of the largest and some of the smallest local governments in the State including Douglas County, the Town of Silverton, Town of Collbran, Delta County, and served as a regional manager for the Department of Local Affairs.  She is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a BA in Environmental Studies and Prescott College with an MA in Ecology and Resource Management.  

Jenn Ooton

Jenn Ooton is the Senior Project Manager in the City Manager’s Office at the City of Aspen.

She is a strong operations professional skilled in Organizational Development, Community Development, Community Outreach, Media Relations, and Regionalism. Ms. Ooton holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has 14 years of experience in local government, including working on affordable housing policy, resiliency, and with property owners and developers on redevelopment and infill projects.


Jennifer Hoffman


Miranda Fisher

Zoe Dohnal

As a Colorado woman leading a government committee member, I bring over 15 years of experience in local government, tourism, and economic development. With a bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from Butler University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, I prioritize innovation, accountability, and community engagement.

In the past six years, I’ve held pivotal roles in municipal governance, including Deputy Town Manager for the Town of Telluride, as well as Director of Operations and Development, and Economic Development Director for the Town of Mountain Village.

With a background in tourism spanning ten years, I understand the importance of customer-centric approaches and fostering inclusive strategies to uplift communities and boost tourism.

With a decade-long journey in tourism, I’ve cultivated a deep understanding of customer-centric approaches. I champion change by leveraging strategic planning and relationship-building to drive economic growth and address community needs.

With a dynamic blend of skills and experiences, I am dedicated to fostering inclusive communities and driving positive transformation in local government.


Ann Morgenthaler


Alisha Janes

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