Denver eco-devo chief Pettigrew leaving to run D.C. nonprofit by Kathleen Levine | Denver Business Journal
André Pettigrew, executive director of Denver’s Office of Economic Development, is leaving to become the first leader of a new nonprofit focused on addressing climate change through eco-devo opportunities.
Pettigrew, who has been in his post since August 2007, will leave July 6. LaCharles Keesee, OED’s deputy CFO, will serve as interim executive director while a search for a permanent replacement is under way.
"André’s efforts since joining the city ... resulted in significant corporate relocations to Denver and hundreds of much-needed jobs in our community,” Mayor John Hickenlooper said in a statement. "He and his management team reset the Office of Economic Development priorities in light of our tough economy by focusing on jobs and supporting Denver businesses,” Hickenlooper said. "André demonstrated great dedication and resolve in the face of the worst economy our nation has seen since the Great Depression. We are sad to see André leave the city and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Pettigrew, in his own statement, said it has been " an honor to have served our community.” He noted that his tenure at OED included "one of the most challenging economic periods in our nation’s history.” He will serve as executive director of Washington-based Climate Prosperity Inc., a national nonprofit established in June 2009, with funding from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, that aims to help communities use economic development opportunities to address climate change.
Denver is one of four pilot communities chosen to create and implement regional climate prosperity strategies. The others are California’s Silicon Valley, St. Louis and Portland, Ore. Before becoming head of Denver’s OED, Pettigrew served for six years as COO for the Denver Public Schools. Before that, he was an executive with the iBelay Venture Capital Fund, which invested in Internet startup companies.
During the administration of Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, Pettigrew served in the Cabinet-level post of executive director of the Department of Personnel/General Support Services.
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