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Chris Watney Joins Boards of Gary Community Investment Company & The Piton Foundation


Last week, Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation appointed Chris Watney to its boards of directors.

Chris supports individuals, families and organizations through her therapy and executive coaching practice, People and Possibilities LLC, which she created in 2016. Prior to that, Chris served as the President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign from 2009 to 2016, where she worked to increase access to health care for uninsured children, expand quality early childhood education for our youngest children and advocate for education reform and financing. Before joining the Children’s Campaign, Chris served as a spokesperson for U.S. Attorneys General Janet Reno and John Ashcroft at the U.S. Department of Justice, including serving as spokesperson for the Justice Department at the Oklahoma City bombing trials.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris to our boards of directors,” says Dave Younggren, president and CEO of Gary Community Investments. “As a longtime, committed advocate for Colorado’s children, Chris brings valuable experience and a unique perspective that will strengthen our ability to improve the lives of Colorado’s low-income children and families.”

In addition to serving on the boards of Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, Chris is the chair of the Healthier Colorado Board of Directors and she is a mayoral appointee to the Board of Directors of the Denver Preschool Program. She is a 2010 recipient of the Livingston Fellowship for excellence in nonprofit leadership, a 2012 recipient of The Colorado Legacy Foundation’s “Honest Broker Building Trusting Relationships” award; and was named in 2013 as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.

“Chris has been a trusted partner of ours for many years,” says Sam Gary, chairman of the boards of Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation. “We are fortunate to have her working even more closely with us to ensure that Colorado is a place where all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and become productive members of their communities.”