ROADX - Judges
Amy Ford, CDOT Director of Communications
As the Director of Communications for the Colorado Department of Transportation, Amy Ford is responsible for external and internal communications of a 3000 employee state agency, setting the strategic communications priorities for all programs including media relations, project communications, safety campaigns, social media and other initiatives. With over 15 years of experience working in transportation, education and city public affairs, Amy owned her own strategic communications firm prior to CDOT and has implemented customized public affairs and public information programs for such transportation and infrastructure projects as the $1.67 billion Transportation Expansion (T-REX) Project, Denver International Airport’s $500 million South Terminal Redevelopment Program, RTD FasTracks Southeast and Southwest Corridor Extensions, Twin Tunnels Design and Construction. In addition to her work in transportation, Amy has led various economic and community development efforts in the City and County of Denver. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Rachel Hultin, Bicycle Colorado
As the Active Transportation Manager for Bicycle Colorado, Rachel Hultin works to collaborate with agencies and organizations to elevate Colorado as the #1 Bike State. With a passion for active transportation and a focus on policies and programs benefiting people of all ages and abilities, Rachel convenes stakeholders to shape the future of mobility.
Rachel most recently worked as the program director for Walk2Connect, an organization specializing in transforming walking from a choice to a behavior to a lifestyle for whole health outcomes. She is a founding member of the Wheat Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Team, a volunteer organization working to increase opportunities to walk, ride a bike and connect with transit in Wheat Ridge.
Rachel's passion for community and active transportation advocacy began many years ago when she was working in real estate and development. Recognizing small decisions at the beginning of a project have a huge impact on a community years later, Rachel brings strong advocacy to every step of the way to ensure that communities are designed to serve their citizens well.
Betsy Jacobsen, CDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian/Scenic Byways Section Manager
Betsy Jacobsen is the Bicycle/Pedestrian/Scenic Byways Section Manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Focusing on the Five E’s (education, enforcement, encouragement, engineering and evaluation), Betsy works with engineers, planners, advocates and others to help make Colorado safer and more accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians.
During her years at CDOT, she helped institute the first Safe Routes to School program in the country using federal funds; developed a complete streets policy; implemented specific design guidance for biking and walking projects; created Colorado’s first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan; and initiated CDOT’s non-motorized traffic counting program. She and her CDOT team continue to look at ways to improve biking and walking throughout the state.
While Betsy has had a long-time interest in walkable/bikeable communities, her degree and background are in marketing and public relations. For nearly thirty years, she worked throughout Montana, Alaska, Washington and Colorado in various fields such as education, community outreach and business development.
Peter Kozinski, RoadX Program Director
Peter Kozinski is the Director of the RoadX Program at the Colorado Department of Transportation. In that position, he is responsible for the integration of technology into the transportation system including planning, engineering design and construction. Peter was appointed to this position in September 2015 after serving 2-years in CDOT’s Office of Major Project Development where he was responsible for developing and delivering Major Projects via innovative delivery methods including Public-Private-Partnerships.
Peter has a diverse background of experience – ranging from Major Projects like I-70 Central ($1.1 billion) and The I-70 Mtn. Corridor ($13 billion solution) to the development of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) guidance and Colorado’s first proposed vegetated wildlife overpass.
Prior to joining the Colorado Department of Transportation, Peter worked in the private sector for 6 years and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Peter is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and currently holds memberships with a number of professional affiliations.
Erik Mitisek, State of Colorado | Chief Innovation Officer
Erik Mitisek serves as the state’s Chief Innovation Officer, a cabinet-level position overseeing the Colorado Innovation Network to further support and elevate the state’s leading position in the global innovation economy, building on the momentum generated by the network in which Colorado is the epicenter of today’s innovation conversation. Under Mitisek’s leadership, COIN will focus on catalyzing Colorado business development through strategies that broaden connections on a global scale.
In March 2016, Erik Mitisek was named the executive director of Project XITE. In his role, Erik will connect creative thinkers and doers in industry and government to faculty and students around the intersection of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. The Project XITE initiative looks to position DU as a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship-related higher education and increases DU’s profile as Denver’s platform for ITE topics globally. Erik brings more than 15 years of experience building Colorado companies in the online software, luxury, consumer mobile and online real estate industries. Prior to his role at the University, Erik served as CEO of the Colorado Technology Association. Erik also serves as Co-Chair of Startup Colorado and organizing chair and co-founder of the annual Denver Startup Week.