Friday November 9, 2018 0 comments
DENVER -- Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) announced the promotion of Jennifer Jones Paton to president and chief executive officer.
Jones Paton joined the association in 2016 as vice president, responsible for partnerships, policy and advocacy, and communications.
CBSA said Jones Paton brings a rich background in policy and economic development to her new role along with a reputation for partnership and achieving results.
As CBSA VP, she worked collaboratively across industries, economic development groups, policymakers, and non-profit organizations to develop programs that support the health and growth of Colorado’s bioscience sector. Jones Paton is a Colorado native with deep roots in the business and policy communities, CBSA noted.
“After a thorough search, we selected Jennifer for this critical executive position because she brings proven leadership, strong relationships with our stakeholders and partners, and a track record of success in public policy and advocacy for the life science sector,’ said Scott Larson, CBSA board chair.
“Her public policy background is crucial for CBSA with new leadership at the federal and state level. We know Jennifer will build on our successes and bring new ideas to ignite our sector’s future growth.”
“We are thrilled to promote Jennifer to president and CEO of Colorado BioScience Association,” said Ginny Orndorff, CBSA board vice chair.
“In the two years since she joined the association as vice president, she’s made a significant impact for CBSA, our members and our partners. She’s worked closely with the state on the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant program and led efforts to pass legislation favorable to bioscience.
“We are confident in her continued leadership as we advance our sector into a new era.”
“It’s an honor to lead the Colorado BioScience Association,” said Jones Paton. “I look forward to the continued partnership with our members, academic and research institutions, and our service providers to advance the CBSA mission.
“I am energized by our sector’s collaborative spirit and commitment to advancing human health and the broader bioscience sector. We are at a defining moment in which we can accelerate our industry with new sources of capital and a favorable environment for growth.
“Together, with the board, CBSA team, and other advanced industry leaders, we can look forward to great progress and continued success.”
Before joining CBSA in 2016, Jones Paton directed Public Affairs for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She started with the Chamber in 2012 and quickly moved into leadership roles, becoming public affairs director in 2014.
Jones Paton started her career in the international department of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., where she managed programs focused on Europe and Eurasia and planned events with U.S. and international heads of state.
She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Southern Methodist University.
Jones Paton assumes the CBSA leadership role after previous President and CEO April Giles accepted a new position with the Fitzsimons Innovation Community as VP of business development. Giles continues to collaborate with the association.