Executive Leadership Team

Move Colorado is governed by a six-member Executive Board of Directors,
and provided professional management support through a contract Executive Director.

Executive Board, Secretary

Galina Leiphart, PE, ENV-SP

Executive Board, Treasurer

Matt Christensen

Executive board, Past President

Carla Romero Perez

Executive Board, President

Johnny Olson, PE

Executive Board, Vice President

Kara Swanson

Move Colorado Historian

Jeff Kullman

Executive Board, Secretary

Galina Leiphart, PE, ENV-SP

Email:Galina.Leiphart@rsandh.com

Company:RS&H

Executive Board, Treasurer

Matt Christensen

Email:Matthew.Christensen@kiewit.com

Company:Kiewit Corporation

Executive board, Past President

Carla Romero Perez

Carla Romero Perez is a Senior Strategic Consultant with HDR and has more than 30 years of experience in executive management and advisory services specializing in transportation policy, finance, administration, governmental affairs, communications and program development. Ms. Perez gained her experience in both the public and private sector having served as Transportation Policy Advisor to Governor Ritter, Assistant General Manager for Administration at RTD, and Policy Director for CDOT. Ms. Perez has also provided consulting services to various corporate clients including JP Morgan, George K. Baum and various engineering firms. Carla recently served as project manager, leading the governance and policy efforts to advance the development of passenger rail along the Front Range, from Fort Collins to Pueblo, and serves as Past-President of the Move Colorado Board of Directors, COMTO Colorado Board of Directors, and the WTS Executive Advisory Committee.

Ms. Perez is a Denver native, has a B.A. from Colorado State University, her M.P.M. from University of Maryland College Park, with certificates in Public Policy from Harvard University, the Rand Corporation and S.U.N.Y. Stoney Brook.

Email:carla.perez@hdrinc.com

Company:HDR

Executive Board, President

Johnny Olson, PE

Johnny is a proven leader in the transportation industry. After 29 years with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Johnny brings unique experience managing projects; leading teams, task forces, and committees; and building consensus among local, state, and federal agencies with varied interests and priorities. His expertise includes project management, transportation planning and project development, highway design, local agency work, construction management, contract management, and NEPA environmental studies

As Deputy Director, Johnny was recognized as one of CDOT’s top leaders, where he led approximately $800 million of projects from conception to construction completion. His ability to tie design, construction, and maintenance aspects into the project development process brings unique and tangible value. Johnny has excellent leadership skills, a thorough understanding of CDOT policies and procedures, understands how to form solid relationships with local government leaders, and has successfully collaborated with large teams on multiple efforts.

Email:johnny.olson@horrocks.com

Company:Horrocks Engineers

Executive Board, Vice President

Kara Swanson

Kara Swanson has 20 years of experience as an environmental professional and currently serves as a project manager and client manager for David Evans and Associates, Inc. She has diverse experience, ranging from managing planning and environmental studies to conducting oversight of environmental compliance for large design-build projects. Kara brings a unique perspective to the transportation industry from her experience on transit and highway projects across the country and US territories. She served as a City Councilwoman for the City of Edgewater for four years, is currently on the Edgewater Redevelopment Authority, and serves as a Metro Director for the Colorado Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Kara has a BS in Environmental Science from Iowa State University and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Email:kswanson@deainc.com

Company:David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Move Colorado Historian

Jeff Kullman

Jeff is the Mountain Region Director for Michael Baker International leading a diverse team of professional architects, engineers and planners focused on delighting clients throughout a ten-state region. Following a 26-year stint with Colorado Department of Transportation, the last 8 as the Region 1 Director, Jeff brings a strong blend of private and public sector savvy and insight to the Board.  He has been a member of Move Colorado since 2008 and served as its President from 2011-2017.  Jeff also currently serves on the DRCOG Regional Transportation Committee, the CU Denver Engineering Leadership Council and is a member of WTS and ITE.

Email:Jeffery.Kullman@mbakerintl.com

Company:Michael Baker International

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