We are pleased to introduce the P3 Collaboration Team and the Subcommittee below.
P3 Collaboration Team
Tom Kurek, P3 Director
Tom Kurek is the Public Private Partnership (P3) Director for the Department of Personnel & Administration (DPA). He oversees the development, construction, planning, design, and expansion for State P3 projects that accommodate some of Colorado’s foundational needs. The project(s) scope includes increased affordable housing, broadband expansion, behavioral health capacity, and child care services.
Prior to his service in DPA he worked with the Economic Development Administration where he managed a portfolio of multi-million dollar grants and led the Denver region’s data strategy.
In addition, he served as the Senior Program Manager for the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort at the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs where he led the coordination of Federal, State, local governments, consultants and private contractors to streamline the reconstruction and rehabilitation of over 8,000 homes in the state of New Jersey.
His experience also includes tenure with the Philadelphia and Baltimore Business Districts where he worked closely with the local governments and business sector to increase economic development throughout the downtowns.
Tom holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Delaware and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his family enjoy taking advantage of all Colorado has to offer from the outdoors to the arts. When not working you can find him traveling or cooking gourmet meals for his family and friends.
P3 Economic Development Subcommittee
The P3 Subcommittee is an advisory committee for the Unit that reviews and provides recommendations for all contracts, sales, or leasing of State property.
Carrie Schiff is a business lawyer specializing in corporate and transactional matters. As both a seasoned business executive and outside counsel, Carrie has participated in the development and execution of commercialization strategies for a range of companies, from global multinational companies to start-ups, in industries ranging from telecommunications to organic food. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Boulder SBDC. Prior to co-founding Sage Law Group, Carrie was Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of MWH Global, Inc., a leading multinational, employee-owned civil engineering and construction firm based in Broomfield. Before joining MWH, Carrie served as SVP, general Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Flextronics International, Ltd. (Nasdaq:FLEX), a leading global electronics manufacturing services company. Carrie’s past in-house experience also includes serving as SVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel at USA.NET, Inc. in Colorado Springs.
Carrie came to Boulder to open the Colorado practice of Cooley LLP in 1993. Carrie was a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and was a recipient of the Legends in Law Burton Award in 2008.
David Dragoo is a Colorado born entrepreneur, and founder of several businesses with a background specializing in manufacturing and real estate. David is the President of Mayfly, an outdoor products company and Certified B® Corporation proudly based in Montrose, Colorado. The company’s brands include fly fishing tackle businesses Abel®, Ross Reels® and Airflo®. The company employs over 100 people with operations in California, Colorado, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, David leads the Colorado Outdoors project in Montrose, Colorado, a 164-acre public-private partnership aimed to revitalize the community and restore the local riverway. In this capacity, he works closely with venture capital partners, local public entities, and conservation organizations.
David earned a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009. He was honored in 2019 as one of the Top 5 most influential young professionals in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine, and recognized by former Gov. John Hickenlooper on the Senate floor in 2018. David is passionate about the outdoor industry, public lands, and river conservation. He lives on the Western Slope with his wife Heidi and their dog Remy.
Associate Attorney, Akerman
Steven Paletz is a 5th generation Coloradan raising a 6th generation Coloradan in Denver. He is currently an Associate Attorney at Akerman, focusing on Real Estate Law. He has represented a number of developers of forward thinking projects that support the future of Colorado's growth and economic development.
Paletz is an active member of community organizations supporting youth education and mental health and serves on the board of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation. He is also a graduate of Impact Denver, a program of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.
Paletz graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree focused on the U.S. Political System. He earned his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Simon Tafoya has served in a variety of roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Early in his career he worked as a Fellow at El Pomar Foundation in Colorado Springs, where he worked to bolster philanthropic giving in rural areas of Colorado. He then went on to serve as legislative staff to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and U.S. Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, working on issues such as agriculture, immigration and Native American issues. Tafoya later joined the office of Governor Hickenlooper, where he led efforts on technology, telecommunications, cybersecurity and federal relations. Most recently he has worked in the private sector supporting public sector adoption of software services that improve how governments work with their constituents.
Tafoya received his Bachelors of Arts from The Colorado College and a Master of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University. He resides in Denver, Colorado where he remains active with a variety of civic and nonprofit organizations.