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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Gail H. Klapper

Member/President, Colorado Forum

A fourth generation Colorado native, Ms. Klapper received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College where she served as President of College Government.  She earned a Juris Doctor degree at the University of Colorado Law School in 1968.  Ms. Klapper was appointed as a White House Fellow by President Gerald Ford.  After her term in Washington, Ms. Klapper returned to Colorado to serve as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, running the Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Department of Personnel.   In 1982, she was a candidate in a statewide race for Attorney General of Colorado.

Gail Klapper has been the Member/President of the Colorado Forum since 1989. Ms. Klapper currently serves on the Boards of Guaranty Bancorp, Gold Inc. and Great-West Funds, Inc.  She serves as Chair of the Board of Great-West Funds. Gail previously was a member of the Boston-based Houghton Mifflin board.  She also served on the Board of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and National Jewish Health.  Gail was the founding President of the Hotel Authority Board that secured funding, built and operates the Hyatt Regency Convention Center Hotel in Denver.  In addition, Klapper has chaired the following Boards of Trustees: Boston-based Wellesley College, the Denver Metro Chamber, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Public Education and Business Coalition (Founder), the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee, and the Regional White House Fellows Selection Panel. Ms. Klapper was the first recipient of the annual Leadership Denver Association Award for Outstanding Achievement.  She was also the recipient of the University of Colorado’s Norlin Award for Professional Excellence; the University of Colorado’s Public Service Award; the University of Colorado Law School’s Honorary Order of the Coif Award; Urban Peak’s Maverick Thinker Award; the Denver Regional Council of Governments Service Award; the Cal Frazier Investing in Education Award; the Downtown Denver Partnership Honorary Partner Award and the Top Hand Award from the National Western Stock Show Association.

Ms. Klapper manages the family’s 6K Ranch and Tack business in Elbert, Colorado where they raise, train and show reining horses and sell equipment and clothing for the western discipline.  Gail is married to Jack A. Klapper, M.D. They have four wonderful daughters and seven awesome grandchildren.