The Colorado Forum was established in 1978 to create an informed, objective voice on critical public policy issues facing the state.  Our 77 members are recognized leaders in the business, education, health care, media, legal, real estate, agriculture, financial, energy, consulting, tourism, construction, and non-profit communities and represent disparate parts of the state.  Forum membership is politically diverse; we are a nonpartisan organization that operates by 100% consensus. Read More.



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Colorado Forum Staff


Amy Beringer

Associate Director

Amy joined the Colorado Forum in 2013 following a career in marketing and strategic planning with technology companies.  Previous roles include V.P. Marketing for Wall Street on Demand (now IHS Markit), director of Marketing Strategy for Level(3), Director of Strategic Planning for Exabyte and product management roles at Quantum and IBM/ROLM.  Amy received her A.B. from Dartmouth College and M.B.A. from Stanford University.  She is a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council.  Previous nonprofit board roles include Global Education Fund, Summit Charter Middle School, and the Family Learning Center.  Amy lives in Boulder with her husband John Grubb.  Their two children, Will and Emily, are in college.






Trina Peterson

Policy Director

Trina Peterson has a multi-faceted background as an entrepreneur (V.P. Marketing and Strategy for SweetWater, Inc.), venture capitalist (V.P. Evergreen Management), business strategy consultant (Boulder Research Associates), and professional fundraiser (Director of Development for 1% for the Planet).  She graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Political Science and earned her MBA from Dartmouth's Tuck School.  She has served on the executive committees of numerous nonprofit boards, including as vice-chair of The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and as current chair of Climate Ride.  She was delighted to return to the Forum in 2017 having done previous Forum project work in the 1990's and 2000's.  Trina lives with her husband, Jess Peterson, in the mountains of western Boulder County and has two children in college.




Alana Plaus

Deputy Director

Alana joined the Colorado Forum in 2018 after earning her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University. A Colorado native, Alana comes from a professional background in international higher education. Prior to pursuing a career in public policy, Alana worked in undergraduate admissions for NYU Abu Dhabi and Colgate University. These roles allowed her to work in 31 countries, and after enjoying this global experience, she was excited to return to her home state to pursue her interest in public policy. Alana received her B.A. in Spanish from Bates College. An avid skier, hiker, and artist, she is passionate about the Colorado lifestyle, and enjoys engaging in the Colorado Forum's efforts to support and improve the state.





Mackenzie Tennery

Event Coordinator & Office Manager 

Mackenzie currently coordinates all of the special events and meetings for the Colorado Forum. She is also Executive Assistant for President, Gail Klapper. Mackenzie joined the Forum staff in October 2017 after working as a media strategist for an advertising agency. She is originally from Dallas, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she received a Master of Information and Library Studies and a BA in Art History. Mackenzie and her husband, Ian, live in Denver with their lovely young daughter, Margot.  She loves to spend her free time with her family, discovering new cookbooks, reading, and getting outside as much as possible.