Chief Projects Officer
City and County of Denver
A lawyer for nearly twenty-five years, Diane Barrett practiced primarily in the areas of project finance, public finance and land use/development. She was a partner with a major regional firm for many years and her practice emphasized infrastructure finance for both local governments and private development.
In 2005, Diane was recruited by then-Mayor Hickenlooper of Denver to provide City oversight for the Regional Transportation District’s $500 million redevelopment of the Denver Union Station site into a multi-modal hub for its Fastracks transit program. Denver’s participation and financial contributions to the Denver Union Station project were critical to its success. The importance of Denver’s involvement in that success and the success of other FasTracks projects led to a recognition of the need for similar oversight for all development projects in the city. As a consequence, Denver’s current mayor, Michael B. Hancock, created the position of Chief Projects Officer when he took office in 2011 and appointed Diane to fill it. She continues to hold the position and is currently working on a number of $500 million to over $1 billion projects in Denver.Back to speakers