Colorado education policy leader, and former state representative, Dr. Millie Hamner has joined Keystone Policy Center as a senior policy director. Hamner will partner with Berrick Abramson, who leads Keystone’s Center for Education Policy, to manage initiatives in Keystone’s education and government work as the program continues to grow on both the local and national stage.
“Millie is a respected leader who forges collaborative policy solutions and is an effective facilitator,” said Christine Scanlan, president and CEO of Keystone Policy Center. “Her abilities were on full display during her leadership as chair of the General Assembly’s Joint Budget Committee when she led both parties to negotiate and support a consensus on the state budget. She will play a substantial role in fulfilling Keystone’s mission of helping leaders find lasting shared solutions to our most significant policy challenges.”
Hamner served as a Colorado state representative from 2011-2018. She earned statewide respect for her bipartisan chairmanship of both the House Education Committee and the Joint Budget Committee. She was a prime sponsor of the original READ Act in 2012 and a leader in the implementation of the education vision work with the Education Leadership Council in 2016. Hamner also spent more than 30 years in public education as a teacher, school and district leader, and superintendent of schools.
“Keystone has a long history of success working with diverse stakeholders on a wide array of complex issues in education policy and practice. I am thrilled to join the Keystone team and look forward to building stakeholder support in achieving world class educational outcomes for youth,” said Hamner.
Hamner earned a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Denver in 1996. She also holds an M.A. and a B.S. in elementary education.