Aug 18, 2017
Andrew Romanoff
Mental Health Colorado

Every year, more than one million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder.  How do we make our state a leader in treating and preventing these illnesses?  Andrew, former speaker of the Colorado House and current president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, presented to us the benefits of early intervention – and the price of inaction.  Please see Andrew's bio below:

Andrew Romanoff became president and chief executive officer of Mental Health Colorado in 2015. Mental Health Colorado is the state’s leading advocate for the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.

Romanoff served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and as speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009. He won bipartisan acclaim as one of the most effective legislative leaders in America. His leadership earned recognition from more than 50 state and national organizations – including Governing Magazine, which named him in 2008 as “Public Official of the Year.”

Among other legislation, Romanoff authored the Colorado Economic Recovery Act (Referendum C) and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST), the largest investment in school construction in state history. Romanoff also sponsored laws to expand access to screening and services for mental health and substance use disorders.

Romanoff worked as a senior associate at the management consulting firm of Greenberg Baron Simon & Miller, as a policy advisor to Gov. Roy Romer, and as a scholar-in-residence at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. He founded the Posner Center for International Development, a collaborative headquarters for 60 Colorado-based nonprofit organizations.

Romanoff received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Yale, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a juris doctorate from the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.