STATE BILL COLORADO
Amy Mueller has been named director of government relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the company has announced.
Mueller brings to the job 18 years of experience in government affairs and public policy in Colorado and currently serves as deputy chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
In her new role, Mueller will lead Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s government relations department, developing strategy and positions on key health care policy legislation and regulation. Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit health insurer and health care provider, partners with government, community and business leaders to advocate for policies that improve the health of its members and the community at large.
Mueller also will coordinate the Colorado Region’s government relations strategy with the national program strategy. She will be involved in helping Kaiser respond to the opportunities contained in health care reform at the state and national level, the company said.
“Amy listens to ideas, builds relationships and works collaboratively in the public policy arena,” Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations, said in a statement. “She is a perfect fit for Kaiser Permanente. We are thrilled she will be joining us to help inform the health care policy discussions in Colorado.”
Hickenlooper said, “Amy’s exceptional ability to manage complex programs and negotiate the most difficult challenges is exceeded only by her outstanding relationships at all levels of governmen. She will contribute a great deal to the Kaiser Permanente team.”
Since January 2004, Mueller has worked for Denver, first as deputy manager in the Department of Public Works. In 2007, she was promoted to work directly for the mayor to help manage the City and implement major initiatives, including the Better Denver Bond Program, a $550 million package approved by voters in 2007.
Prior to her work in Denver, Mueller served as policy adviser and intergovernmental relations coordinator for Boulder, where she developed a focus on transportation and infrastructure projects. She helped area elected officials promote solutions and funding for the U.S. 36 corridor. She also helped the city focus its legislative strategy, resulting in increased federal funding.
Mueller received her B.A. degree in political science from Colorado State University, and a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado Denver.