Term Expired March 2022
Kathay Rennels is the Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Rural-Urban Initiatives at Colorado State University (CSU) and works to advance collaborative networks across the state and create economic development opportunities. She has significant experience fostering public and private partnerships in regional and rural workforce development, with particular attention to Larimer and Weld Counties. Ms. Rennels previously served three terms as a Larimer County commissioner and is now leading the Food and Agriculture Key Industry Network for the state of Colorado. Ms. Rennels helped initiate the “Value Chain of Colorado Agriculture” study released in February 2013 and coauthored the November 2014 follow-up study, “The Emergence of an Innovation Cluster in the Agricultural Value Chain Along Colorado’s Front Range.” She also initiated the Advancing the Agricultural Economy Through Innovation summit held at CSU in March 2015. Ms. Rennels was the president of Colorado Counties Inc. and named commissioner of the year. She currently serves on the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, El Pomar Foundation and Manufacturer’s Edge, the Colorado MEP Center, as a board member.