Simon Tafoya, MPA*07

Managing Director, PayIt; Former Director of Policy & Federal Relations for Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado

Simon Tafoya currently serves as Managing Director in Colorado for technology company, Payit, which works to simplify government services through technology. Most recently, he served as Senior Director for Policy and Federal Relations for Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado. Simon joined the office of Governor Hickenlooper in 2012, where he has led efforts from the Governor's office on workforce and economic development, technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity, among other issues.  Simon’s previous work includes serving as legislative staff in Washington D.C. for the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and later in the office of Senator Mark Udall of Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Colorado College and a Masters of Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University.