The Colorado Business Roundtable
Meet the Team
Debbie Brown serves as the President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. The Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) is a public policy organization of executives from some of the state’s largest employers working to strengthen the state’s economic vitality. COBRT engages with elected leaders, business and nonprofit leaders, and other strategic allies to improve the business climate in our state by unapologetically amplifying the voice of business. COBRT is the state affiliate of the National Business Roundtable (BRT). Based in Washington, D.C., BRT is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.
Previously, Brown was the President and founder of Amplify Strategies, a strategic communications and public policy consulting firm. Through Amplify Strategies, Debbie directed the strategy development, messaging, and marketing for businesses, nonprofit organizations, advocacy efforts and candidate campaigns of all sizes. She has created, launched and grown several businesses and organizations.
Debbie has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and a Who’s Who in Energy by the Denver Business Journal. Debbie was recently added to the Advisory Council of the Women’s Democracy Network, established by the International Republican Institute, which believes that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women.
Director of Communications
Erin Amsberry leads the strategic development and execution of marketing, communications, and events for the Colorado Business Roundtable. With a strong background in corporate and public policy communications strategy, Erin provides oversight of digital and traditional media outreach to amplify the voice of COBRT. She takes a multi-platform approach to engage key stakeholders and tell the story that business is a force for good. Prior to joining COBRT, Erin worked in communications roles for think tanks and issue advocacy organizations, including the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Energy Research in Washington, D.C., as well as for Kiewit, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in North America.
Erin received her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Colorado Christian University. As a native Coloradan, she has a passion for companies and causes working to create economic opportunity across the state.
Nancy Stewart is a nonprofit consultant specializing in fundraising, grant writing, marketing, event planning, and management. A nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience, Nancy was the Executive Director of Child Advocates – Denver CASA. In addition to overseeing the administration and operations of the organization, Nancy utilized her background in fundraising and volunteer management to increase revenue, volunteer recruitment and retention to achieve the organization’s mission to provide a CASA for every child in need in Denver. In 2014, Nancy took a giant step out of her comfort zone by buying an existing coffee shop, Drip Denver, and embarking on the new and challenging adventure of small business ownership.
In 2018, she sold the business, left her role at Denver CASA, and began working remotely as a contractor in order to travel. As “Working Tourists,” Nancy and her husband split their time between Colorado and Spain.
Nancy is a graduate of Metropolitan State College with a degree in Organizational Communications. She began her career in the hospitality industry, working in sales and conference services. Moving into the not-for-profit sector in 2001, Nancy planned conferences and events for the American Water Works Association, where she was introduced to the international water and sanitation organization Water For People. In 2004 she joined their fundraising staff, eventually leading the Development team. Nancy also worked for the March of Dimes as the Denver Division Director, was the VP of Community Relations for CU Cancer Center Fund and the Director of Development of Susan G. Komen Colorado.
Nancy has served on several professional and charitable boards, including the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she served as chair of the mentoring committee. She has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including Denver Urban Scholars, Denver CASA, Susan G. Komen Colorado, Denver East High School, and the Golden Triangle Merchants Committee.
Some of Cathy’s most high-profile experience was at MSU Denver where she successfully grew the institution’s brand from a small college to a nationally recognized urban university.
Cathy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, where she majored in journalism, and is an Accredited Public Relations (APR) professional. She has been actively involved with many nonprofits, including the Denver Public Library where she currently serves as the President of the DPL Commission, the International Women’s Forum and the Colorado Inclusive Economy. She also serves on advisory board to Spawn Ideas – an employee-owned independent ad agency based in Anchorage Alaska.