|Denver Botanic Gardens 909 York Street Denver, CO 80206
|Brian Vogt has been the CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens since April 2007. His 25 years of community leadership and an extensive background in fundraising, organizational management, communications and branding, cultural development and volunteer coordination have proven invaluable as the Gardens engages in a historic capital campaign, and the subsequent build-out of its new Master Development Plan. In the past three years, more than 30 construction projects, and nearly $50 million worth of investments have been completed, including the Mordecai Children’s Garden, the new parking complex, the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center and the Greenhouse Complex. Previously, Vogt served in three Cabinet positions for the State of Colorado, from 2004 through January 2007, including all three years as director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which includes the Colorado Tourism Office.Vogt also served for more than a year as the secretary of technology and as executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, and was a member of the Governor’s Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee. He is on the board of Porter Adventist Hospital and Plant Select, has co-founded and chaired for five years the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative, and managed the incorporation movement that created the City of Centennial. Prior to working for the state, Vogt spent 14 years as the president of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. Vogt serves as a facilitator for numerous community organizations; has delivered more than 1,000 speeches over his career; and teaches classes in public policy, economic development, public speaking and writing. He is an avid painter, hiker and writer and has traveled to all 50 states and more than 30 countries.
He holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado with a double major in classical antiquity and political science.