promoted Alicia Caldwell to Deputy Executive Director of Legislative Affairs and Communication, effective Dec. 7.
The position is responsible for the direction and leadership for the Department’s communication and legislative strategy. She will be charged with developing and coordinating plans for CDHS to foster, improve, and maintain positive and mutually effective relationships with legislators, while also cultivating long- and short-term communications strategies.
Caldwell has served as the Department’s Director of Communications since April 1.
In her new position, she will provide oversight of the Division of Boards and Commissions, the State Board Administrator, and legislative and communications personnel. She’ll report directly to CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha.
“Alicia has quickly proven to be a dynamic force since joining the Department,” Bicha said. “Her leadership skills, knowledge base, and ability to build relationships make her uniquely qualified for this important position. She will no doubt identify opportunities and foster connections that will continue to allow us to better serve Coloradans requiring our services.”
Prior to joining CDHS, Caldwell spent 12 years at the Denver Post, first as a news reporter and then a member of the newspaper’s editorial board, beginning in 2006. Her journalism career also spans 16 years at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, where she covered courts, law enforcement, politics and general assignment stories.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to work more closely with Reggie and the entire CDHS team in furthering the mission of this tremendous organization," Caldwell said. "I am honored to have been chosen for this position."