Staff and Trustees

Michelle M. Lucero JD

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Michelle has the best job in town as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary (and of course the Chief Flashmob Officer) for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Before joining Children’s, she held some pretty rad jobs with fancy and damn impressive titles with Centura Health, the City and County of Denver, US West, and Denver Health.

Michelle truly believes it’s an obligation to give back to the community.  As such, she’s blessed to serve on the boards of a number of organizations. These include the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees, the Vectra Bank Advisory Board, the Supervisory Committee for the Denver Community Credit Union, the Denver Art Museum’s Marketing and Strategic Alliance Committee, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s President’s Leadership Council. Michelle is also the co-chair of United States Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper’s United Stated District Court Judicial Advisory Committee. Michelle wore “Roadrunner Red” as past Chair of the Board of Trustees for Metropolitan State University of Denver, was named to the Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation Board for a six-year period and served on some other pretty amazing boards and taskforces. Globally she is a board member of the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation doing “change the world” kind of work with an amazing team in a beautiful country.  Michelle has recently been elected to join the Board of Directors of COPIC Companies as an Independent Director.

Over the years she also received some rocking accolades, like the  2022 “Power Award” from the Girls Athletic League School (“GALS”); 2021 “Raising the Bar” Award from the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation; the 2020 “Athena Award” given by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; 2019 Top 100 Influencers (Law Executives) in the United States – named by National Business Journals’: 2018 Denver Business Journal (DBJ) C-Suite Awards;  2017 “Outstanding Woman in Business (Law)” by DBJ; 2016 “Business Woman of the Year” by  Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; 2016 “Outstanding Corporate Counsel” by University of Colorado School of Law; 2015 Trailblazer Honoree by Latinas First Foundation; CWCC 2015 “25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, and 2013 Girl Scouts’  “Woman of Distinction”.

Michelle has delivered keynote addresses focusing on leadership, mentorship, and women’s empowerment to groups such as the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the national Women in Leadership organization, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and was invited by the US Embassy for Papua New Guinea to be one of the keynote speakers at both the 2017 and 2016 PNG Women’s Forums.

Her biggest accomplishments have been her three wonderful humans, her children, Jordan, Alex and Noah. Oh, and she loves her Jeep and the places it can go.

Community Involvement:

  • Advisory Board, Vectra Bank
  • Supervisory Committee, Denver Community Credit Union
  • Marketing and Strategic Alliance Committee, Denver Art Museum
  • Co-chair, US District Court Judicial Advisory Committee, Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper
  • President’s Leadership Council, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Board Member, Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation
  • Independent Director, COPIC Companies
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, Past Board Member and Chair
  • Mi Casa Resource Center, Past Board Member
  • Women’s Bar Association, Past Board Member

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Growing up in Ignacio, surrounded by the Southern Ute Reservation, I used to love Bear Dance. To see the community come together and celebrate our Native American family was amazing.

Fun Fact:

I recently got certified for open water scuba diving in Papua, New Guinea.
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