Board of Directors

Mark Ferrandino, Department of Revenue

Mark Ferrandino, SIPA Board Chair, is the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue (DOR). He joined DOR as ED in 2020. In his role, he oversees the five major divisions within the organization including the Department of Motor Vehicles, Taxation Division, Colorado Lottery, Specialized Business Group and Marijuana Enforcement Division.

He attended the University of Rochester, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1999, and a master’s degree in public policy analysis in 2000. Mark worked as a policy analyst for the White House Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C.

After relocating to Colorado, he worked as program analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice, then served as the senior budget analyst for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing until 2007 before being appointed to the Colorado House of Representatives. While in the legislature, he was elected Speaker of the House by his peers and served in that role from 2013-14. After his service in the legislature he joined Denver Public Schools as Chief Financial Officer before transitioning into the Deputy Superintendent of Operations role. Mark worked at leading several of the district's largest departments in this role.

Anthony Gherardini, Department of Personnel and Administration

Tony Gherardini, SIPA Board Vice Chair, serves the state of Colorado as the Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration. Prior to his appointment to the Governor’s cabinet, Tony has served in a variety of roles within state government including deputy director of the state’s Office of Behavioral Health, Governor Polis’ Director of Operations and Cabinet Affairs, and the Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services. In addition to his work for the State of Colorado, Tony served 13 years in the Colorado Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. During his service as an officer in the Army National Guard, Tony worked as a police officer and later as a detective for the Lakewood, CO Police Department.  Tony is a 2017 Aspen Institute Children and Families Ascend Fellow, and a former board member of Colorado’s Statewide Internet Portal Authority and a current Serve Colorado, Commissioner. Tony holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Colorado State University.

Danielle Morrill, Firstparty Labs

Danielle Morrill, SIPA Board Secretary, works as Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of Firstparty Labs, where she builds products that empower businesses to take control of the data and experiences of their customers. She is also the owner of Morrill Coaching, an executive coaching business focused on building leadership skills, resilience, and continuous adult development among startup founders and CEOs. Previously, Danielle was Senior Director of Marketing and General Manager of Meltano at GitLab. Prior to GitLab, she was CEO and Cofounder of Mattermark, which was acquired in 2017. She is a graduate of the startup accelerator program Y Combinator, and was also an early team member leading Marketing at Twilio. Danielle lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two labradors Emo and Taco.

Hannah Parsons, Barn Owl Tech, Inc.

Hannah Parsons, SIPA Board Treasurer, is the Chief Revenue Officer at Barn Owl Tech, Inc. Prior to her position at Barn Owl Tech Inc., she was the CEO at Exponential Impact. She spent 2 years with the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, recently, in the position of Chief Economic Development Officer. Hannah has worked in financial services, real estate, community and economic development. She co-founded Epicentral Coworking in Downtown Colorado Springs and has served the startup community in numerous volunteer roles. Exponential Impact is a mashup of Hannah’s diverse career history and interests. It perpetuates her passion for business and community, and fuels her love of learning.

Mark Baisley, State Senator

Mark Baisley is currently a member of the Colorado Senate, representing District 4. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Columbia College and has a forty-year career in information technology in aerospace, defense, education and financial services.

Ernesto Chavez, City of Lafayette

Ernesto is passionate for developing and building high-performing technical teams with a track record of doing so in local, federal, commercial and military environments.   He currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for the City of Lafayette where he has transformed the Information Technology (IT)Team and technologies after joining the City post ransomware event.  Previously, he served as the City and County of Broomfield’s Director of Information Technology for five years, eight years as a Federal Employee serving under the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, 2 years in the commercial sector manager developing a large team located in multiple locations across the U.S., and seven years as a Communications and Information Officer for the U.S. Air Force.  Ernesto received his Bachelors at Colorado State University and also holds a Masters from the University of Colorado and Le Tourneau University.  He has leveraged this broad background in leadership and education throughout his career to step into challenging environments and quickly improve staff performance and bring stability and security to the technologies within the organizations he serves.  He has utilized services from the State Internet Portal Authority for the past seven year and is really excited to be on the Board to help the program have long term success.

Rick Garcia, Department of Local Affairs

Rick M. Garcia, Executive Director of the Department of Local Affairs, has over 25 years of leadership experience ranging in the fields of government, nonprofit and private sectors across the nation. He most recently served as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Region VIII in the administration of President Barack Obama. In addition, Rick was designated as Senior Policy Advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on Sustainability representing the field offices. He also served as HUD liaison to the Denver Metropolitan's Regional Air Quality Council which advised the Governor and the General Assembly on Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards.

Billy Griffin, GitHub

Billy has broad experience in technology, government, and finance. Billy currently works as a Senior Product Manager at GitHub, where he builds products to enable developers and organizations (including governments) to collaborate on their software development. Previously, Billy led a team at 18F to help government agencies (OPM, DoD, USDA, and others) procure technology more effectively and adopt modern software development best practices. Billy served on the board and finance committee of Colorado HealthOP, the Colorado health insurance cooperative set up under the ACA. Prior to 18F, Billy cofounded a company, Base Directory, that provides information to millions of service members and their families each year. Billy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy for nearly five years. He also has expertise in finance and investing; he completed an investment banking internship at Goldman Sachs and passed all three Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams.

Billy is married and lives in Denver, CO. He enjoys traveling, reading, and enjoying Colorado's trails and wilderness.

Jena Griswold, Secretary of State

Jena Marie Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State, and began her term on January 8, 2019. She is the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school. She knows first-hand how important it is for every vote to count and for every Coloradan's voice to be heard, no matter their background or income. She will protect our right to vote, fight secret political spending, improve transparency, and stand up to those who try to bend the rules or break the law. Griswold has practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney, where she made sure Coloradans were able to participate in our democracy. She served under John Hickenlooper as the Director of the Governor’s DC Office, advocating on behalf of Colorado in D.C. During that time, Griswold was instrumental in bringing back hundreds of millions of relief dollars to help the Colorado communities hit by the 2013 flood. Before her election to Colorado Secretary of State, Griswold ran her own small business, a legal practice in Louisville.

Jason Harris, State Judicial Branch

Jason Harris serves as the Manager of Data Analytics of the Colorado State Judicial Branch, providing informational insights and technical direction. Jason's expertise is in business process, analytics tool implementation, and data governance. He brings over 15 years experience to the role. He leads an analytics program responsible for data security compliance, systems architecture, key performance indicator implementation, data sharing across governmental organizations, and primary BI tool selections. Jason is a member of the Governors Data Advisory Board (GDAB) where he provides a unique perspective on protecting personal information of the citizens of Colorado from a non-Executive Branch role. Jason consults with Probation Services, Court Services, Financial Services, and Human Resources to translate their business requirements into successful business intelligence programs. Jason received his bachelor's degree from the University of Denver.

Jesse Marks, Governor's Office

Jesse is the Director of Operations and Cabinet Affairs for Governor Polis. He is passionate about solving hard operational problems of public importance. Prior to joining the Polis Administration, Jesse spent the last half-decade helping to build a philanthropy called Schmidt Futures, where he led programs related to democratic participation and government innovation before taking responsibility for overall financial planning and operations. Before joining Schmidt Futures, Jesse worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, an internal strategy advisor with the adidas Group, and as a team leader in the strategy and analytics arm of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency. Jesse holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Anthony Neal-Graves, Office of Information Technology

Anthony (Tony) Neal-Graves, SIPA Board Chair, was appointed CIO and Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) in September 2020. Concurrently, he is also OIT’s Chief Operations Officer overseeing the finance, human resources, and legislative affairs for our organization of ~1,000 employees with an annual budget of $380 million as well as the Executive Director of the Colorado Broadband Office, which is responsible for ensuring all households have access to affordable internet. Tony established key partnerships in the Colorado General Assembly that enabled the successful bipartisan legislation in 2018 to fund the Broadband Grant Program with over $115 million.

Kevin Priola, State Senator

Kevin Priola represents Senate District 13 in the Colorado State Senate, which includes parts of Adams and Weld counties. Senator Priola attended the University of Colorado where he earned a BS in finance and accounting and a minor in economics. He began his service as an elected official in the Colorado House of Representatives in 2009 and was elected to the Senate in 2016. He currently serves as chair of the Joint Technology Committee, as vice chair of the Transportation & Energy Committee, and as a member of the Agriculture & Natural Resources and Finance Committees. Senator Priola’s legislative agenda prioritizes environmentally-conscious innovation, addiction prevention/recovery, and long term economic stabilization.

Brianna Titone, State Representative

Brianna has been a resident of Colorado since 2008. She is a geochemist and web developer. She serves in the 73rd General Assembly and represents the people of House District 27. She holds bachelor's degrees in Physics and Geology as well as Masters degrees in Geosciences and Information Communication Technology and works part time for a small Colorado software company as a full stack web developer. She is currently serving a second term on the Joint Technology Committee and was recently elected to Vice Chair.  

Ron Weinberg, State Representative

Ron Weinberg is currently a member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing House District 51, Loveland.  Ron is owner and founder of 365 IT, LLC, an information technology consulting services company in Loveland.  He also served for 3 years as Chairman of the Loveland Planning Commission.  In 2021, he was on the Board of Directors and currently sits as the webmaster of the Loveland Rotary Club.  Weinberg was head coach for D1A rugby and was named the Coach/Academic Advisor Of The Year in 2017-18 for Colorado State University. Representative Weinberg is currently Vice President of Sertoma (Service To Mankind) in Loveland.