Kathy D. Nesbitt, Of Counsel
Attorney at Law
Kathy Nesbitt was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in January 2011 as the Director of Personnel for the State of Colorado and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel & Administration. Since starting with the state, Kathy developed and passed a statewide ballot initiative that updated the State’s 92-year-old personnel system; oversees the State’s $8 billion in annual procurement spend; secured funding for the complete replacement of the State’s 20-year-old financial reporting system, which processes $28.8 billion in expenditure transactions annually; and implemented process improvements in the State’s tax document processing systems that will result in $2.1 million in annual savings. Last year, Kathy was named one of nine “2013 Public Officials of the Year” by Governing Magazine for her leadership on the Talent Agenda, which allows the state to better recruit, reward and retain the state’s workforce.
Kathy has spent the majority of her career as a labor and employment attorney, and possesses her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern
University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder.