Kelly Leid Executive Director, Mayor's Office of the National Western Center

photo of kelly leidWith over 22 years of broad-based operations management experience, including 16-plus years in senior leadership positions, Kelly has worked across a range of highly visible public, private and nonprofit organizations.

In January 2013, Mayor Michael B. Hancock appointed Kelly to serve as the Executive Director of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC). Kelly managed the general oversight, planning, strategic coordination, financing and implementation of the six major projects totaling over 3,000 acres. The projects include neighborhood planning, the redevelopment of the National Western Stock Show, South Platte River, Brighton Blvd., multiple RTD transit stations and I-70 east from Brighton Blvd to Tower Road. In January 2016, Kelly transitioned into his current role as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center where he leads all master planning efforts for the project.

Prior to the NDCC, Kelly served as Mayor Hancock’s Director of Development Services where the managed the department facilities efforts for the city. He also served as the Director of Operations for Denver Public Schools where he was part of the Superintendent’s strategic school decision team and led a group that supported the start-up of new schools, shared campus and advancing efforts to transform school facilities for 21st century learning. The operations support team helped launch 28 new school programs that will at full build out serve nearly 8,000 students across DPS.

Prior to Kelly’s work in education, he held key positions on both the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos stadium projects. His professional history also includes a five-year period as the Event Operations Manager with Arizona State University’s athletic department, staging nearly 300 public sporting events for collegiate and professional sporting events annually.

Kelly graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in general business and a Masters in Public Administration. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver. He has been honored by the Denver Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” as one of the up-and-coming business leaders and in 2007 as “Business Person of the Year” from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce for his work in educational reform along the eastern Front Range.

Mr. Leid is a 3rd generation Colorado native, growing up in Northwest Jefferson County and currently resides in Southeast Aurora with his wife and their two young children.

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