2010 Big Shot of the Year - Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien

  • P-20 Education Council, Co-Chair
  • Colorado Space Coalition, Co-Chair
  • Education Committee- Aerospace States Association, Co-Chair
  • Vaccine Advisory Committee of Colorado (VACC), Co-Chair
  • Metro Denver Health & Wellness Commission, Co-Chair
  • Legacy Foundation and Children’s Health Foundation, Board Member
  • Cover All Kids 2010 Spokesperson
  • LiveWell Colorado
  • Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Lieutenant Governor Barbara O'Brien has dedicated her political career to creating healthy changes for Colorado’s children. Lieutenant Governor O’Brien brings over 16 years of experience advocating for health care for at-risk children, working to reduce smoking, bringing the State Child Health Plan to Colorado, and promoting integrated services from mental health to support for children with special needs.

Governor Ritter has specifically charged the Lieutenant Governor with promoting health and wellness across the state, being the spokesperson for the Child Health Plan, and informing the public about health policy leading to meaningful change.

The Lieutenant Governor has been a champion for childhood immunizations as the Co-Chair of the Vaccine Advisory Committee of Colorado (VACC) in working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition to reach the goal of increasing the immunization rate from 83% to 90% of two year olds. Under her leadership the state has been able to expand and protect the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS), maintain funding for childhood immunizations, and further educate all parents about the importance of vaccines.

Prior to being named 47th Lt. Governor of Colorado in 2007, O’Brien worked as President of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Executive Director of the Institute for International Business at CU-Denver, Director of UC-Denver Campus Affairs, Head Speechwriter and Deputy Director for Policy for the Office of Gov. Richard Lamm and Project Assistant at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University.