Meet our Team
Debbie Brown serves as the President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. The Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) is a public policy organization comprised 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 featured as a political strategist on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, BBC News World Have Your Say, SkyNews, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, New York Times, Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), as well as regional and local media. Prior to her work in the political and advocacy arena, Debbie was the founding partner in the boutique marketing firm, Firsthand Marketing, that provided strategic business consulting for banking, mortgage and credit union clients.
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 and a finalist for Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal. Debbie is part of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network and an alumni of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
Debbie is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. She has served on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and as Board Chair of Cherry Creek Academy, a public K-8 charter school.
Debbie volunteers as a business mentor for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women. 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.
Principal, Catalyst Public Affairs
Cinamon Watson specializes in strategic communications, media relations, political and policy insight, and campaign management. Her rich background and nearly two decades of experience brings a unique and invaluable skillset to her clients. She has sharpened her skills on the campaign trail, in the board room and in the halls of government working for a diverse list of candidates, policy issues, and corporate brands.
Although she calls Colorado home, Cinamon is a native of the South – as evidenced by her taste in music, food, and the occasional “y’all.” The combination of western grit and southern diplomacy serves her clients well. Cinamon can uncover the beauty in hidden gems, find a path to victory when others walk away, and spot a small detail that may make or break a strategy. She never shies away from a challenge, and she is not afraid to give her clients sage advice.
Recognized as the “utility player” on Team Catalyst, Cinamon moves seamlessly between strategic communication and stakeholder engagement endeavors. She also delights in anything demanding creativity from designing the annual Christmas card to developing innovative communications tools and product launches. She regularly provides commentary on the Colorado political climate and even moderated one of dozen gubernatorial debates in 2018.
Working in high-stake political campaigns has conditioned Cinamon to meet tight deadlines, thrive under pressure, develop thick skin and master crisis situations. From allegations of draft-dodging to active shooter situations to weather delays, she has battled political rumors, navigated catastrophe and managed last-minute challenges for candidates, corporations, government agencies, and policy initiatives. Known for being “unflappable,” she strives to fulfill Ernest Hemingway’s description of courage – grace under pressure.
Cinamon was recently named among Colorado Politics’ Top Capitol Influencers and has received numerous professional accolades and recognition. In 2016, National Journal recognized Congressman Mike Coffman’s race as one of the top campaigns the nation. “Coffman had a political all-star team working on his campaign, led by campaign manager Cinamon Watson,” observed the Journal. She has also won acclaim for various communication tactics that have been named as finalists on several occasions by Campaign & Elections’ Reed Awards.
Consultant, Support Partners
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.
Sierra Oklesson is a Senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Sociology. Sierra has garnered five years of intern and work experience, being a part of various local political campaigns, including positions in the congressional and governmental realm.
During her time at CU Boulder, Sierra has been a fellow with the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, which focuses on research, debate and dialogue on political and economic issues pertinent to our time.
With an active interest in government and public policy, especially pertaining to the future of Colorado, she hopes to expand these through COBRT’s policy initiatives. Along with that, Sierra brings her fluency and love for the Spanish language to the table as well.
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