Adams State will see two new Trustee members take on overseeing the University , as Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Dec. 18 appointed Arthur M. Ortegon and Amanda DeLaRosa
to serve on the board.
Their terms will expire on December 31, 2024. They will replace Reeves Brown and Wendell Pryor, whose terms ended in December, 2020. Pam Bricker was reappointed to the board. (See related story.)
Ortegon, of Castle Rock, Colorado, is a partner with the Law Firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (WBK). With a decade of public sector experience, he received professional political appointments in the Mayor’s Office for the City of Denver, Colorado General Assembly, Colorado Governor’s Office, and the White House. Early in his career, Ortegon was a judicial law clerk for Justice Nathan “Ben” Coats of the Colorado Supreme Court and served as a Congressional Relations Assistant in the General Services Administration under President George W. Bush.
Ortegon received his J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University and a B.A. in political science and psychology from University of Pennsylvania.
DeLaRosa, of Denver, is a strategy officer for state policy at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. Working from offices in Denver, DeLaRosa supports states’ efforts to increase education attainment and eliminate racial disparities through the implementation of Lumina’s state policy agenda.
DeLaRosa’s career has focused on advancing multistate policy solutions to student success and educational equity, including in her previous roles as a policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures, policy and advocacy manager at Scholarship America, and legislative director at the University of California Student Association.
A first-generation college graduate, DeLaRosa earned a bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.
The Adams State University Board of Trustees consists of nine voting members appointed by the governor with the consent of the state Senate, and two non-voting members elected by the faculty and the students, respectively. The two current non-voting members are Penny Sanders, Ed.D. ASU faculty trustee, and Courtney Hocking, ASU student trustee.