A Panoramic Perspective
Tamra J Ward
“There is a point at which public and private sectors intersect. Being mindful of that dynamic, and preparing in advance, results in stronger outcomes. Looking to the horizon and planning ahead drives my work.”
Tamra has played an active role in the public affairs and issue management arena for nearly three decades. Most recently, she served as Chief External Relations Officer for the Denver Zoo. There, she was responsible for visioning, managing and executing strategic local, state and federal government relations efforts, ballot issue and bond campaign engagement, community outreach and action, marketing, communications and public relations for the iconic and beloved 120-year-old organization.
Highlights of her engagement include the successful passage of SCFD funding, which accounts for nearly 20 percent of the Zoo’s operating budget, and her work as institutional lead through a city-wide bond process and campaign. The latter resulted in $20 million in general obligation bond funding for vital campus improvements. The Denver Zoo continues to be one of Tamra’s consulting clients.
As President & CEO of Colorado Concern, a business advocacy association of more than 115 chief executives, she helped grow membership revenue by 25 percent. She also spearheaded a coalition that successfully passed landmark legislation to strengthen the state’s ballot issue process.
For more than a decade Tamra served the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, more recently as its Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications. Her responsibilities included development and execution of a local, state and federal government relations policy that met the needs of the organization’s 3,000 member businesses.
Since 2005, Tamra has led efforts to raise $28 million for successful campaigns to support or defeat statewide ballot issues viewed as helpful or harmful to Colorado’s economic climate.
“Navigating complex issues—from legislative and policy issues to corporate challenges—has been a constant in my work over the past 20 years. It’s part of my DNA.”
Lori has served in wide-ranging leadership roles for high-profile private and public organizations for more than two decades. Following her professional experience in Washington, DC—where she worked on Capitol Hill, at two cabinet agencies and in the White House—the Colorado native returned home. She has been an active member of the community, participating on numerous business and Nonprofit Boards, as well as being elected to serve on the Regional Transportation District Board of Directors.
Lori was Regional Director of Corporate & Public Affairs for United Airlines for nearly a decade. In this role she represented the international airline, driving business and policy efforts, as well as corporate reputation and expansion campaigns.
Pinnacol Assurance brought Lori in to serve as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs. Her work helped the Workers’ Compensation insurer address reputational and legislative challenges while improving communications team operations.
An unexpected vacancy in the office of Governor John Hickenlooper resulted in Lori’s serving as his Interim Legislative Director. Working with both sides of the aisle, as well as with business and community advocates, she led some of the most controversial issues of the session.
Most recently, Lori has served as a policy and stakeholder engagement consultant for Panasonic’s new CityNOW headquarters in Denver, where she supports their Smart Mobility and Smart City efforts. She also represents other clients on economic development projects.
Maren C Stewart, JD APR
“Identifying common goals and engaging stakeholders as partners is critical to the success of any major initiative. Collaboration is key and essential to my approach.”
Maren is a respected and effective leader with significant executive experience in the nonprofit sector and strong community connections in the nonprofit, business and civic communities. She was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 1993.
Maren served as Vice President of External Affairs for Children’s Hospital Colorado, the region’s premier pediatric provider. As a member of the Executive Senior Management Team, she led efforts in the areas of public policy, advocacy, strategic communications, marketing, branding and community relations. Maren successfully developed nationally recognized advocacy campaigns and public will-building partnerships; created the hospital’s first-ever community benefit program; led communications in support of the move to the Anschutz campus, and established the hospital as a national leader in child health policy and advocacy.
Those achievements took her to LiveWell Colorado, where she served as the organization’s first president and CEO. It was an opportunity to build Colorado’s first statewide organization focused on healthy eating and active living from the ground up—from strategy and branding to board development and stakeholder engagement. Under her leadership, LiveWell Colorado launched the only statewide, comprehensive, multi-sector obesity prevention movement in the nation.
Maren was hired to significantly grow a sole practitioner’s consulting business into a full-service firm. As the Chief Engagement Officer, she recruited a senior-level team, created a brand, and increased the client base in both breadth and depth. In addition to representing the firm externally and expanding its reach and visibility in the community, Maren directed efforts on public engagement campaigns and initiatives.
Most recently, Maren has provided strategic counsel and support to a variety of clients, including the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA), Metro State University of Denver and the Civic Center Conservancy, where she served as Interim Executive Director.
“I have had the great pleasure of working with the talented women of Taloma Partners on a recent project. Their deep connections to the community, combined with their top-notch professional expertise in communications delivered an outcome beyond our expectations. I would recommend their services to anyone looking to strengthen their presence and reputation in Colorado.”
“The principals of Taloma Partners are insightful and well respected. Their connections to top business, civic and nonprofit leaders are comprehensive and they know how to solve client problems though a collaborative process. Taloma will be a good partner in helping you navigate the uncertainty of today’s business climate."
“As a fellow woman-owned business owner, I am thrilled that Taloma Partners has launched! Their combined experience and expertise – the Power of 3 – will be a tremendous asset to the success of so many important initiatives in our community.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Tamra, Lori and Maren. Time and again, I’ve seen them successfully navigate complex and challenging situations in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Their smart, strategic, collaborative approach is complemented by their deep commitment to the success of our state. Their collective values, talent, expertise and network connections make them a truly effective team.”
“The three leaders of Taloma Partners are among the most trusted thought partners in our community. They have led and left their fingerprints on the most important issues and initiatives in Colorado. Whether in the public, private or nonprofit sector, their counsel and advice has served Colorado for the better.”
“I have known Tamra, Lori and Maren throughout their careers, and have admired the work they have done for their employers as well as their civic engagement. When they launched Taloma Partners, CollegeInvest was pleased to secure their services to assist us in meeting our mission. They are skilled, strategic and deeply connected in the fabric of Colorado. We are proud to call them part of our team.”
“These three talented women were a force individually, and a powerhouse when working together! I know Taloma Partners will continue to lead important work and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to strengthen our community."
“I have known Tamra, Lori and Maren throughout their careers, and have worked along-side them over the past couple of decades on a number of the most important initiatives Colorado’s business community has undertaken. Each brings their own special talents and approach, but all are strategic, knowledgeable, and focused on achieving results. When building a team to get you across the finish line, add Taloma Partners to your list.”
“As someone with personal experience working in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, I can attest to the incredible value that Taloma Partners brings by understanding the intersections among the three. They have the ability to leverage those points for successful outcomes.”
“I have known Tamra, Lori and Maren throughout their careers, and have admired the work they have done for their employers, as well as their civic engagement. When they launched Taloma Partners, CollegeInvest was pleased to secure their services to assist us in meeting our mission. They are skilled, strategic and deeply connected in the fabric of Colorado. We are proud to call them part of our team.”
“Tamra, Lori and Maren are all leaders in their own right; known for their individual skills and ability to deliver on initiatives and projects they have managed in their careers. These three forces, coming together to form Taloma Partners, will be of great benefit to the clients they choose to serve.”
“Colorado’s business and nonprofit community have benefited greatly from the talents and expertise of Tamra, Lori and Maren. For more than two decades, the three remarkable professionals who constitute Taloma Partners have helped create the Colorado we all are honored to call home.”
“Tamra, Lori and Maren each care deeply about and serve our community in very thoughtful and impactful ways. Not only do they contribute as individual leaders and volunteers, they provide sound and strategic counsel to organizations wanting to broaden their community engagement. They walk the talk—and Denver and Colorado are better for their many contributions. When you put all three of them together, they are unstoppable!”
“Taloma Partners provides a valuable complement to public policy and legislative efforts. When building a team to support clients’ public policy needs, Taloma Partners is top of mind because of their expertise in coalition-building, stakeholder engagement and strategic messaging.”
“As a fellow communications professional, I am excited to have Taloma Partners launch in Denver. I have known and worked with the principals over the years and know the quality of their work and connections. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with them as Taloma and Aiello PR and Marketing both care deeply about the community we live and work in.”
“J. Walter Thompson had the pleasure of partnering with Taloma Partners for an international client that required local market expertise. We were impressed with Taloma’s ability to understand the clients’ business immediately and execute flawlessly. Lori, Tamra and Maren are a powerhouse with their depth of community connections, strength of relationships with leading civic influencers and a genuine pleasure to work with. We would happily recommend them to anyone seeking strategic counsel, communications expertise or outreach services in Colorado.”
"The principals of Taloma Partners are three of the most capable, connected and community-minded people in Colorado. They understand what it takes to move from an idea to action, and all the steps along the way that are required to be successful. It’s for these reasons the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has chosen to work with Tamra, Lori and Maren on key initiatives underway within our institution."
Taloma in Our Commmunity
The Principals of Taloma Partners have had the privilege of serving as past or current board members of many leading Colorado organizations including:
- ARC Thrift Stores
- Aurora Chamber of Commerce
- Aurora Economic Development Council
- Colorado Business Community for the Arts
- Colorado Community College System
- Colorado Nonprofit Association
- Colorado Succeeds
- Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- CU Denver School of Arts & Media
- Denver Chamber of Commerce
- Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs
- Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation
- Downtown Denver Partnership
- Global Livingston Institute
- History Colorado
- Komen Colorado
- Mile High United Way
- Porter Adventist Hospital Foundation
- Regional Transportation District
- SCL Health
- Share our Strength National Advisory Council
- Swallow Hill Music
- The Next Stage
- Transition Teams for Mayors Hancock and Hickenlooper and Governors Ritter and Hickenlooper
- Visit Denver
Awards and Recognition
- 40 under Forty – Denver Business Journal
- 50 for the Future – Colorado Statesman
- Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce – Board Member of the Year
- Livingston Fellow, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation
“One to Watch” – Element Magazine
- Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Accreditation
- Top 25 Most Powerful Women – Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
- Women of Distinction – Colorado Girl Scouts
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