Wil Alston is currently the founder and principal of the Wil Alston Group, an innovative management and consulting firm based in Denver. Wil has close to 30 years of experience in government communications, strategic planning, nonprofit administration, and as an entrepreneur. Prior to joining the Department of Finance, he was a Senior Advisor to Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and served as Executive Director for the Five Points Business District. He is credited with jump-starting the Five Points revitalization, where the prominent cultural district received unprecedented city, state, and federal funding and collaboration. Wil has also spent time as a senior staff member for former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and as Vice President for the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce. Wil is a 1985 graduate of Regis University. He and his wife Rosalind are longtime residents of Park Hill in Denver. Click here to view Wil’s resume
Poet In Residence
Dee Galloway attended the University of Denver where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Business, and where Dr. Arthur Jones became one of her professors, thesis adviser, mentor and friend. Ms. Galloway is a gifted poet who performs throughout the Denver area. In 2006, The Spirituals Project commissioned her to create a poem in honor of the spirituals, and her epic poem, They Slice the Air eventually became the eponymous track of the Spirituals Project Choir’s latest CD. Ms. Galloway is also an accomplished vocalist and choral performer who has sung with the New York Choral Society, the Colorado Chorale, and the Denver Women’s Chorus. She currently performs with the Denver Chorale and Southern Journey, an ensemble dedicated to sharing the music and stories collected by renowned musicologist Alan Lomax. Ms. Galloway knows that the spirituals sustain her through good times and bad, and that she finds them to be a vital element in her life.