Susan Powers is President of Urban Ventures, LLC, a Denver real estate development company that has built multiple mixed income and mixed use projects in and around downtown Denver over the past 20 years. The focus is to build communities with strong values which provide opportunities for residents to live a healthy life. Urban Ventures is leading the redevelopment of a 17 acre former convent property in northwest Denver into a model mixed income, healthy neighborhood called Aria Denver that will include 400 residential units and commercial space. She is also leading the STEAM on the Platte development which is an adaptive reuse of a former industrial property on the Platte River south of Mile High Stadium. It involves the renovation of a 100 year old warehouse into office space for creative businesses as well as four other buildings that are focused on the Platte River. Prior to creating Urban Ventures she was Executive Director of DURA (Denver Urban Renewal Authority) for 11 years (late 80’s and 90’s) and participated in the redevelopment of downtown Denver. She is a member of the board of directors of Denver Health and Hospital Authority and the Elevation Community Land Trust and participates in many community initiatives regarding affordable housing including MAAH (Mothers Advocating for Affordable Housing) which she co-created with Dana Crawford. She has a MS Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Arizona.