Kelly Caufield tapped as Common Sense Institute Colorado’s new executive director 

Kelly Caufield

The Common Sense Institute (CSI) announced Kelly Caufield will serve as the non-partisan research organization’s new Executive Director in Colorado. 

Caufield is currently the Vice President at Colorado Succeeds, and has served in a number of other policy roles, in Colorado and Washington, DC, including as a policy aide in the US House and Senate.

“Kelly is one of Colorado’s most respected policy minds.  She’s smart, she’s a tested executive, and we know she is going to take CSI to new heights,” said CSI President & CEO Kristin Strohm.  “CSI has become a force in Colorado’s most important policy debates, and with Kelly Caufield calling the shots, we know our voice and our impact will only grow.”

CSI is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI currently operates in two states, Colorado and Arizona, with plans to launch additional state chapters. Strohm is handing the leadership reigns of CSI in Colorado to Caufield and will focus on the organization’s national expansion push.

“In joining Common Sense Institute Colorado, I am excited to ensure economic data continues to be a part of the public discourse surrounding state policies impacting Coloradans and the economy,” said Caufield. “In a time of growing divisiveness, centering more policy conversations around fact-based, objective data is critical to strengthening Colorado’s economic competitiveness.” 

State Representative Shannon Bird added her accolades to the announcement, “Congratulations to Kelly Caufield in her new role with the Common Sense Institute. Importantly, however, congratulations to the Common Sense Institute on its choice of Kelly Caufield to serve in the role of Executive Director. I have had the privilege of working with Ms. Caufield for the past four years at the Capitol and know the quality of her leadership. She is an impeccable professional with a keen understanding of Colorado politics and is well respected by Republicans and Democrats alike. I look forward to every opportunity to continue working with her in her new capacity.”

“There is no one better suited to take on this role than Kelly Caufield. She reflects the CSI brand,” said Debbie Brown, President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. “Kelly understands public policy, values data driven solutions and is committed to developing innovative solutions built on bipartisanship and different points of view. I look forward to working with her and the entire CSI team.”

About Kelly Caufield: Kelly brings nearly 20 years of policy, research, and advocacy experience to CSI. Prior to joining the team, she was the Vice President of Government Affairs at Colorado Succeeds where she helped lead statewide coalition building efforts that brought diverse business, education, and community partners together around a shared policy agenda. She also served as a a federal lobbyist for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), focusing on labor, workforce, and education lobbying efforts on behalf of 275,000 HR business professionals. Her experience also includes a tenure on Capitol Hill working for a U.S. Senator and U.S. Congressman. She attended the College of William and Mary for her undergraduate degree and George Washington University for her master’s degree in Public Policy. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons.