Sept. 29, 2023
Auraria Campus – Downtown Denver

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The SunFest 2023 agenda is available.

SunFest 2023 Speakers:

Jason Blevins: Moderator
Outdoors Reporter,
The Colorado Sun
Keynote: Conor Hall
Director of Outdoor
Recreation Industry Office
Moderator: Tamara Chuang
Business Writer
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Elizabeth Garner
Colorado State Demographer
Moderator: Hugh Carey
Staff Photographer
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Ben Rasmussen
Moderator: Michael Booth
Environment Reporter,
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Terry Breheny
Founder, Director
Ωhm On The Range, Ltd.
Speaker: Gracie Cole
Systems Engineer
Sierra Space
Speaker: Carter Chandler
Vice President of Client Delivery
Classic Car Electrification Enthusiast
Speaker: Kevin Spencer
Master Electrician
Speaker: Will Toor
Director – Colorado Energy Office
Speaker: Dan Blankenship
CEO – Roaring Fork
Transportation Authority
Speaker: Debra A. Johnson
General Manager of
Regional Transportation District (RTD)
Moderator: Tracy Ross
Rural Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Eric Odell
Wolf Conservation Program Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Speaker: Don Gittleson
Ranch Owner
Gittleson Angus
Moderator: Jesse Paul
Politics Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Gov. Jared Polis
Colorado Governor
Speaker: Sen. Michael Bennet
U.S. Senator
Speaker: Sen. John Hickenlooper
U.S. Senator
Kevin Simpson
Moderator: Kevin Simpson
Writer, Editor
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Ted Conover
Speaker: Teotenantzin Ruybal
Special Guest
Moderator: Jennifer Brown
Human Services Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Moderator: Tatiana Flowers
Equality Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Dr. Jamie Rife
Executive Director
Metro Denver Homeless Initiative
Speaker: Milagros Barsallo Rubio
Director of Public Engagement
City of Denver
Speaker: Britta Fisher
President, CEO
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Moderator: Dana Coffield
Senior Editor
The Colorado Sun
Moderator: Danika Worthington
Presentation Editor
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Christopher Byard
Food Truck Profiler
Denver Westword
Speaker: Ethan Pan
Assistant Food Editor
5280 Magazine
Speaker: Josie Sexton
Freelancer Writer
Moderator: John Ingold
Health Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Dr. Bob Hancock
Biology Professor
Denver Metropolitan University
Of Denver
Speaker: Michael “Doc” Weissmann
Chief Entomologist
Vector Disease Control International
Moderator: Sandra Fish
Data Journalist
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Patricia Raybon
Speaker: Alan Prendergast
Moderator: Reilly Capps
Editorial Director
Speaker: Bri Bendixsen
Psychedelic Psychotherapist
Reflective Healing
Speaker: Travis Tyler Fluck
Autognostic Mycologist
Denver Mushroom Cooperative
Moderator: Shannon Mullane
Water Reporter
The Colorado Sun
Speaker: Sen. Dylan Roberts
Colorado State Senator
Speaker: Ron Redd
District Manager
Parker Water & Sanitation District
Speaker: Ted Leighty
Colorado Association of Home Builders
Speaker: Jennifer Gimbel
Senior Water Policy Advisor
Colorado Water Center
Colorado State University
Speaker: Bill Rock
President of Mountain Division
Vail Resorts
Speaker: Dr. Matthew DeCamp
Associate Bioethics Professor
University of Colorado-Anschutz

Center for Bioethics & Humanities
Speaker: Dr. Casey Greene
University of Colorado-Anschutz
Center for AI Health
Speaker: Dr. CT Lin
Chief Medical Information Officer / Professor
/ University of Colorado
School of Medicine







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