Jamie Van Leeuwen, Chief Executive Officer, Global Livingston Institute & Senior Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper

Inner Circle Q&A

What book have you given or recommended the most?
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown

How would you describe your leadership style?
Innovative and Collaborative with a "lean in" approach

What are some industry trends that have an impact on your role as a leader?


Jamie Van Leeuwen

Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after working as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships during the first term. Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign.

He is also the CEO & Founder of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a non-governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty, and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013. 

In 2006, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper appointed Jamie to head up Denver’s Road Home. In this role, he oversaw leadership staff, fundraising, public relations and evaluation for Denver’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. 

Since 2009, as the founder and CEO, he has also worked to develop the GLI, an innovative research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda with a social impact focus. Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth. Jamie was selected in 2005 as an inaugural Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal.   

Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University. He is the recipient of the 2014 Creighton University Alumnae Merit Award, the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation, the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and named in the 2011 Power Issue of the Out Front magazine as a leader in the Lesbian & Gay community.

Jamie has extensive international experience with travel to 100 countries. He is an avid runner and has run the New York City Marathon twice. His partner Andrei lives and works in Washington, DC for the federal government. Jamie's son graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in international development.    

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