Jean Townsend

Independent entrepreneur working with nonprofits on social enterprise initiatives

Jean Townsend, an economist, crafted and negotiated public/private sector solutions in the areas of local government public finance, real estate, and water resources while president of her firm, Coley/Forrest, Inc. She has also delivered expert witness testimony on real estate development for municipal and private sector clients. With the cities of Aurora, Denver, and Lakewood, she is a founder of the Colfax Marathon, a nonprofit organization, and its charity partners program. Her other social enterprise initiatives have included wide-ranging support for a start-up nonprofit, the Himalayan Stove Project, and serving on the social enterprise committee of MiCasa Resource Center. Ms. Townsend has served on the boards of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Colorado Common Cause, and Impact100 – Metro Denver. She is an advisory board member of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and prior chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership – Civic Ventures Board. Her academic degrees in economics are from the College of Williams and Mary and The University of Michigan.