DORA Executive Director Patty Salazar receives the Council of State Governments 20 Under 40 Leadership Award

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DENVER (September 16, 2021) - The Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is proud to announce Executive Director Patty Salazar as a recipient of the 2021 CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award. This annual honor from the Council of State Governments highlights the outstanding work of 20 up-and-coming elected and appointed officials from across the country who not only exemplify strong leadership skills but have also demonstrated a true commitment to serving the citizens of their states.

“The state officials named to the 2021 class of The Council of State Governments 20 Under 40 Leadership Award represent a broad cross-section of the exceptional leaders that successfully govern our states,” said David Adkins, CSG Executive Director/CEO. “Those recognized this year come from diverse backgrounds, different political parties, different branches of state government and from every region of our country, but they share a singular commitment to make a difference for those they serve.”

Leaders from across the country including the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories were nominated for this year’s leadership award class.

“I am grateful to the Council of State Governments for this recognition, which is a reflection of the entire Department of Regulatory Agencies,” stated Salazar. “The work done by the department, particularly in the last year in light of the COVID-19 crisis, has been truly exemplary. I am honored to lead our committed team of public servants here in Colorado.”  

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments is a nonpartisan organization that brings state officials together to learn from each other and to craft solutions to today’s public policy challenges.

“The hard-working leaders recognized with the CSG 20 Under 40 Leadership Award have demonstrated the ability to productively collaborate to achieve consensus and produce results,” Adkins said. “While they may be young, their public service honors the oldest and best values of our democracy.”

Award recipients will be honored at the 2021 CSG National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico in December.

To learn more about the 20 Under 40 Leadership Award, visit


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