2016 Paul Hunter Award Recipient, Ted Trimpa
Ted Trimpa is the Principal and CEO of Trimpa Group LLC, a national political consulting and government relations firm that specializes in progressive public policy advocacy and political strategy. With offices in Washington D.C. and Denver, Trimpa Group develops cutting-edge public policy strategies at the state and federal levels. Trimpa also serves as a board member for numerous organizations, including the Democracy Alliance, ProgressNow, Third Way, Citizen Engagement Laboratory, and Tectonic Theater Project.
Trimpa is one of the country’s most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political, and nonprofit landscape. Called “Colorado’s answer to Karl Rove” by The Atlantic, Trimpa is a nationally recognized Democratic strategist and operative. He is considered a key architect of the political infrastructure that facilitated the Democratic Party’s resurgence in Colorado after decades of Republican dominance—a turnaround so dramatic National Review dubbed it the “Colorado miracle.” Campaigns & Elections recently named him one of the top five Democratic political players in the state.
Trimpa brings more than a decade of government relations and political consulting experience with a proven record of results. Known as a shrewd negotiator who finds common ground, Trimpa successfully brokered a détente between business and labor in 2008, under which both sides agreed to withdraw proposed ballot initiatives that would have had negative effects on Colorado workers and the business community. In 2010, he brought together environmentalists and natural gas companies to pass landmark legislation that established health-based emission standards for power plants—making Colorado the first state in the country to do so.
In addition to his work in Colorado, Trimpa is a nationally recognized thought leader and a leading advisor to progressive donors and foundations. He is also a visionary within the gay rights movement and considered an early pioneer in advocating for political strategies focused at the state level. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, National Review, and The Advocate, for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies.
Trimpa was raised on a small family farm in southwestern Kansas and got his start in politics by working for U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum. Prior to forming Trimpa Group, Ted was a shareholder at both Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Hogan Lovells where he was responsible for matters before the Colorado General Assembly and had a multi-state public policy practice.
2016 HRC Colorado Youth Award Recipient
Leadership and Involvement:
- Founded and led HERO-Helping to Educate Regarding Orientation-Hinkley High School’s group for LBGTQ students
- Allowed a student to shadow her who wanted to see the struggles a transgender person faces during their freshman year in college.
- Started a student organization at UC Boulder called Leeds PRIDE-Priority Regarding Identity Diversity and gender Expression.
- Spoke to a college class on diversity about LGBT issues and the climate on campus.
- Has a request in to hold a workshop to be held in her hall at UC Boulder to further educate students on being Trans.
- Was voted to plan this year’s Queer Formal by students from other GSA clubs at UC Boulder.
- Is one of the only students on the Chancellors Advisory Committee on LGBT issues at UC Boulder. SO far, they have worked on:
- Gender neutral bathrooms in the business school
- Gender inclusive housing
- Allowing LGBT students to use the name they identify with in school rosters and databases
- Attended Creating Change-an LGBT conference. She was chosen to represent the Chancellors Advisory Committee.
- Spoke at Hinkley’s Culture Fest-a school wide presentation of different cultures in the high school.
- Was part of a panel at another high school, leading discussions on what it was like being a high school student who was Trans.
- Brought One Colorado’s Safe Schools manager after being bullied by a staff member about bathroom use. She fought for students to be able to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with.
- Was interviewed by a professor on what it was like being a diverse student on campus. She spoke about her journey and the obstacles she faces on a daily basis. She is part of the .064% of students who are both Trans and a person of color. This professor was so touched by her comments that the interview was shown to a large lecture class. The professor commented that everyone found it truly inspiring.
Each year, HRC Colorado honors two different community members with the Paul Hunter Award and Colorado Outstanding Youth Award.
The Paul Hunter Award was conceived in 1993 and is named for Paul Hunter, a gay activist who, through two decades of work for the community, was instrumental in creating positive social and political change in Colorado. Hunter, an attorney, is noted for his work in the 1970s with Denver zoning laws. He died from AIDS-related complications in October 1991. The award is given every year by HRC Colorado to a single member of our community who has exemplified the spirit of Paul Hunter by working tirelessly for social justice, equality and visibility of the LGBT community.
The HRC Colorado Youth Award recognizes the work that a youth (individuals 23 or younger by the nomination deadline) has accomplished in working towards goals of social justice. This can happen in a school, community, peer organization, or church environments.
If you would like to nominate someone in our community for one of the mentioned awards, please fill out the corresponding nomination form:
HRC Colorado Nomination forms Paul Hunter
HRC Colorado Nomination forms outstanding youth
HRC Colorado will accept nominations until March 1. Award winners will be announced at the 25th Anniversary Mile High Gala on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Any questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.