Christena Estes Faraci
Christena "Chrissy" Estes Faraci has almost 20 years of political consulting experience. While her primary focus and expertise is in local governments, she has experience and relationships at both the state and federal level as well. She spent six years as Director of Government Relations for a government relations firm, until she formed Faraci Government Relations in September of 2002. Faraci Government Relations and David J. Cole & Associates, Inc. team up to assist several clients and she brings a vast array of skills and professional relationships to help ensure success for our clients.
Over the years, Ms. Estes Faraci secured Denver City Council votes for a host of issues ranging from the new Broncos Stadium to the change in franchise control from TCI to AT&T Broadband to the rezoning of the Stapleton redevelopment site. In addition to Denver, she has strong relationships and has successfully lobbied local governments throughout the Denver-metropolitan area which proved critical in securing the first amendment to the Denver Regional Council of Government’s Urban Growth Boundary.
Since teaming with David J. Cole, Ms. Estes Faraci has supported the Winter Park negotiations and successfully lobbied subsequent agreements on behalf of Intrawest; successfully lobbied for Denver Health & Hospital Authority for a referred bond expansion measure; won key votes for a long-term parking contract for AMPCO Parking System despite union opposition; and, built business and community coalitions and forged compromises pertaining to private parking lot operations.
Beyond lobbying, she has throughout her career developed and implemented communication plans and processes for major community projects. Ms. Estes Faraci was instrumental in mediating agreements for the redevelopment of the old St. Luke’s Hospital site, helping to pave the way for the Post Properties mixed-use development and the new Denver Academy School at the old Bethedsa Hospital site. Her facilitation of negotiations between the University of Denver and the West University Neighborhood Association resulted in unanimous approval by Denver City Council for the Women’s College rezoning.
Direct constituent contact is important in lobbying. In the past five years, Ms. Estes Faraci has successfully developed and managed several statewide grassroots efforts in support of lobbying efforts. Additionally, she has successfully managed Lakewood Mayor Bob Murphy’s re-election campaign, as well as, consulted on four other Denver-metro mayoral campaigns.
Ms. Estes Faraci is a graduate of “Fifty for Colorado,” a leadership program sponsored by the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, and the Colorado Leadership Forum. She was a finalist in the 2002 Outstanding Women in Business sponsored by the Denver Business Journal.
Prior to her work locally, Ms. Estes Faraci was the in-house lobbyist for the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. In that capacity, she worked on Federal, State and Local legislative issues. Ms. Estes Faraci possesses a broad understanding of and demonstrated ability in the full range of lobbying services. She has built effective and longstanding relationships with elected and appointed officials, staff, and community activists across the state.
Active in the community, Ms. Estes Faraci serves on the organizing committees for two major non-profit fundraisers – the Invest in Kids and the Children’s Hospital Wine Events. She has also served on the Board of Director’s for Historic Denver as well as the Friends of the Auditorium Theatre. Additionally, Ms. Estes Faraci has been a mayoral appointee representing Denver business interests on the Living Wage Task Force and participated in the Empowerment Zone Facilitation.
Currently, Ms. Estes Faraci sits as a mayoral appointee to Denver’s Judicial Ethics Commission and is a gubernatorial, senate-confirmed chairwoman and board member of the Colorado Student Leadership Institute and Colorado History Day.
Ms. Estes Faraci holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in Political Science and History and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Denver. Her graduate studies focused on higher education, public administration and policy making.