Executive Director of University Advocacy and Partnerships
“What happens to a man (person) is less significant than what happens within him (them).”
– Louis L. Mann
As Executive Director of UCCS' University Advocacy and Partnerships, she helps link the University and members of the business, education, and non-profit communities, along with working on regional priorities with UCCS' community partners. She leads the University's National Strategies Program, the Regional Coalition for Strategic Federal Action, serves as a liaison to elected and appointed officials for the region, and works with the Vice-Chancellor of University Advancement on the University's external impact.
Stephannie Finley has enjoyed an exhilarating career in public policy, government, politics, community development and business.
Prior to her position with UCCS, Stephannie started her career in a family-owned business distributing food to the military. Soon after she discovered her passion for public service and politics and began her work within a variety of distinct governmental positions. She served President George H.W. Bush as part of his advance team; she was chief of staff for the 3rd Congressional District; was Assistant Director and Legislative Liaison for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; and served on Governor Owen's senior team as chief of staff to Lt. Governor Jane Norton. Stephannie transitioned her political and governmental focus in the early 2000s and joined the University of Colorado in the Governmental Affairs department. She went on to serve as an advocate for the Colorado Springs businesses community when she served as the President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Stephannie has always had an interest in leadership and has had the privilege of exercising her leadership skills through her involvement in a variety of important community and regional boards. Currently, she serves as the executive director for the Colorado Springs Business Alliance's Center for Regional Advancement; she is the chair of the Colorado Springs Conservatory's board of directors; she is the vice-chair of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute; and she is on the board of directors for United Way, Care & Share, and the YMCA. She is also actively involved as a small group leader for 7th & 8th graders and a deacon at First Presbyterian. As a result of her efforts, Stephanie was recognized in 2012 by Colorado Springs Business Journal as a person of influence. She has also garnered praise as a "Women of Influence" and received an award from the City of Colorado Springs for leadership in addressing fiscal sustainability.