Maria Garcia Berry
Chief Executive Officer | CRL Associates, Inc.
Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers – the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States.
There are few transportation projects in Denver that have not felt her effect, including FasTracks, the nation’s largest proposed mass transit expansion effort at the time; the I‐25 TREX Project completed in 2006, which reconstructed seventeen miles of two interstate highways while simultaneously adding 19 miles of light; and the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station. She is a much sought‐after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. She has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation‐related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven‐county Tampa Bay region adopted by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a regional transportation referendum in the 10‐county Atlanta region to fund transportation improvements.
As chairman of the board of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL’s broad client base that includes a variety of high‐profile projects such as the transformation of the 125‐acre National Western Center in north Denver, the Master Plan and redevelopment of the former Stapleton International Airport and the completion of Denver’s Pepsi Center, Coors Field, Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms. Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy.
Maria Garcia Berry has joined the board of the Latino Leadership Institute; serves on the Rose Community Foundation’s Committee on Aging and recently joined two national boards: the Cuba Emprende Foundation and the Cuba Study Group. Ms. Garcia Berry is a member of the Urban Land Institute.
She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado’s Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado’s Speaker of the House. They have three children.