ERIK L. HANSEN ¨  (303) 596-0293 ¨


Operations | Strategic Planning | Budget & Finance | Marketing


Strategic and innovative leader with C-level public and private sector experience. Goal-oriented with A-plus management, financial and operational skills. Wealth of professional experience solving problems and managing change with collaborative style. Key professional highlights include:


  • Strong and diverse operational background. Managed IT infrastructure and the development and launch of multiple websites and databases; set human resources policy for health care, retirement and other benefits; managed daily operations, including O&M, fleet and facilities; experienced manager of change through policies and procedures, employee recognition programs and performance management.

  • 20 plus years of budget and finance experience. Top to bottom financial experience going back more than 20 years. Private sector P&L responsibility of up to $45 million annually; 17 years of municipal and county government budget policymaking experience for budgets exceeding $500 million; direct operational budget control over $7.6 public budget for an enterprise water utility. Completed MBA.

  • Founder of two non-profit coalitions, the North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA) and Smart Commute Metro North. Hired the first executive director, lobbied local governments and businesses to become members, and created strategic plans and budgets. Resulted in over $500 million in infrastructure.

  • Two-time award recipient from Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation for efforts in economic development in recognition of outstanding achievement for the 2012 launch of Spaceport Colorado and in 2016 for the Denver-Adams County airport agreement.

  • Directed marketing and call center operations for startup identity theft protection service. Efforts led to $6 million in annual sales within the first 18 months culminating in a successful IPO.

  • Chaired three-year negotiations between Adams County stakeholders and Denver and Adams County Spokesperson for successful 1A for DIA campaign. Efforts led to first amendment of the 1988 airport agreement through successful 1A ballot measure in 2015, approved by more than 80% of the vote in Denver and Adams County.

Key Skills:  Strategic Planning | Operations & Maintenance | Budget & Financial Management | Project Management | IT & Website Management | Non-profit Management | Public Affairs | Human Resources Management including Employee Development, Management & Training | Public Speaking and Presentations | Performance Management | Human Resources


Professional Experience


TODD CREEK VILLAGE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT, Brighton, CO                                                   August 2018 – May 2019

General Manager

CEO for enterprise water district. Managed daily operations, customer service and budget. Direct oversight of construction inspections, fleet maintenance, infrastructure and facility maintenance and repairs.

  • Instituted strong new budget controls for $7.6 million annual operation, including required bidding for capital construction, a purchase order system, and monthly budget accountability meetings.

  • Advised board of directors on significant financing decisions for a new reservoir. Evaluated innovative public private partnership proposal and made recommendations to the board.

  • Conducted rate study and advised board on water rates increases.


ADAMS COUNTY COLORADO, Brighton, CO                                                                                January 2011 – January 2019

County Commissioner

Led county operations and strategic planning with a budget of over $500 million and 1,000 employees. Services included public works, parks and open space, planning, community and economic development, emergency services, human services, and animal control. Full budget oversight, land use approval, and public policy authority.

  • Chaired the 3-year negotiations for an historic economic development agreement between Denver and Adams County, resulting in the first multi-million dollar tax revenue-sharing agreement of its kind in Colorado.

  • Launched reform measures in finance and purchasing operations that resulted in a “Sunny” award from the Sunshine Review for government transparency.

  • Reorganized the commissioners’ office and hired an almost entirely new senior staff while expanding the board to five members through a successful ballot initiative.


CITY OF THORNTON, Thornton, CO                                                                                           November 2001 – January 2011

Mayor (2007 – 2011) & City Councilmember (2001 – 2007)

Led a city of 140,000 with more than 1,000 employees and budget in excess of $200 million. City services included police, fire, community and economic development, planning, parks and recreation, water and solid waste utilities, public works and emergency services. Full budget oversight, land use, and public policy authority.

  • Negotiated with the school district on a land sale and purchase swap while consolidating school and city public works operations into a joint facility that saved both entities millions in annual operating cost. Agreements paved the way for 65 acres of commercial development anchored by Cabela’s at 144th and I-25.

  • Founded NATA, the first coalition of its kind, to lobby and advocate for transportation funding.


VITRASUN, Lakewood, CO                                                                                                                           April – September 2009

Director of E-Commerce

Directed marketing for $70 million on-line direct to consumer nutritional supplement products.


ID WATCHDOG, Denver, CO                                                                                                     February 2007 – September 2008

Vice President - Marketing

Launched from startup to multi-million dollar operation and IPO in 18 months. Managed marketing and operations, including database, website, credit-card processing, inbound call-center, reporting and fulfillment.


SUBSCRIPTION MARKETING, LLC, Thornton, CO                                                                                January 2004 – July 2007


Launched and nurtured three startup consumer product businesses, Software Treasures, E Power and Profits, and Power Software Club, as owner and consultant. Resulted in $300K in annual sales while managing customer acquisition and retention as well as operations for customer service, fulfillment and sales.


VIDEO PROFESSOR, INC., Lakewood, CO                                                                         September 2001 – November 2004

Director of Product Marketing and Development

Developed marketing programs and strategies to increase customer lifetime value and retention and acquire new customers for this $120M direct to consumer computer learning company. Created new product offers, including highly successful Software Savers subscription product, resulting in a 30% increase in company revenue.



M.B.A. University of Denver, Denver, CO


B.A. Truman State University, Kirksville, MO


Certificate in State and Local Government Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government