Jim Carpenter joined Stratton-Carpenter & Associates in January 2011, after serving four years as Chief of Staff for Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.
Carpenter served as senior advisor to Governor Ritter on all policy, government, state budget, political and operational issues, and had direct oversight of state agency executive directors and senior staff. He was a key liaison to Colorado’s Congressional Delegation and staff, the National Governors Association and diverse stakeholders, including business and myriad community organizations throughout the state.
In 2005 and 2006, he was State Director for Colorado Senator Ken Salazar, serving as a key advisor to the Senator and overseeing offices and staff in Denver and several other communities across Colorado.
In 2004, Carpenter was campaign manager for Senator Salazar’s successful U.S. Senate race. That year Salazar was the only Democrat to win an open seat in a so-called “Red State” and became one of only two newly elected Democrats in the U.S. Senate.
For five years, Carpenter was Director of Public Affairs for National Jewish Medical and Research Center, managing public, media and government relations for the nation’s number one respiratory hospital and one of the world’s most respected medical research institutions. Carpenter also served as Director of Communications and Press Secretary, and then Chief of Staff for Colorado Governor Roy Romer. He also held various positions, including campaign manager and deputy state director, with Colorado Senator and U.S. Representative Timothy E. Wirth, both in Colorado and Washington D.C.
Interspersed with his government and political service, Carpenter worked for consulting firms in both Washington, DC and Denver, representing a variety of private and non-profit sector clients on corporate communications, and public, government and media relations projects and activities.
Carpenter served six years as a member of the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, and has been active in the non-profit community, including with the Mile High United Way, Denver Academy, National Jewish Health, and the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance.
A Colorado native, Carpenter attended Georgetown University before receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is married to Nancy Rhyme, a director at the National Conference of State Legislatures. They have two children: Emma and Nicholas.