Colorado's Kara Veitch Named At-Large Director of NASCA

Friday, February 5, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky — The National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA) announced the election of Kara Veitch as an At-Large Director of the Executive Committee.

Veitch, the State Personnel Director and Executive Director of the Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA), previously served as an alternate member of the Executive Committee. She also serves as chair of NASCA’s virtual programs providing guidance on professional development activities for members.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis selected Veitch in February 2019 to lead the state’s operational efforts. She began her role with DPA as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief of Staff in July 2013. She brings extensive non-profit, public, and private-sector experience to her role. In her time with DPA, Kara shepherded a series of initiatives aimed at making the department more collaborative in its service to state agencies. Along with customer service and process improvement initiatives, Kara is focused on making the State of Colorado an employer of choice by focusing on employee engagement initiatives, policies, and other improvements that will bring the state workforce into alignment with best practices in the private sector. As part of this work, she is overseeing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts to ensure the state workforce reflects the community it serves, and employees are able to break down systematic barriers to reach their full potential.

“I am excited to take on this new role with NASCA” said Veitch. “This past year demonstrated why this organization is so important. I’m looking forward to incorporating lessons learned from colleagues around the country and continuing the vital conversations that help us efficiently and successfully provide services to our state agencies and residents.”

Kara’s experience is complemented by honors and leadership roles outside of work. She serves on the board of directors for Colorado Legal Services and formerly served as the chair of both Beyond Our Borders and the Women’s Bean Project. Her list of honors includes the Windsor Leadership Programme, the City and County of Denver Monte Pasco Civic Leadership Award, Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and the Colorado Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year.

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