Board of Directors
Carol perry, chairman
Carol has over 30 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit environments. For 26 years she was the President of The Caper Group, a management training and consulting firm. In this capacity, she had the opportunity to work with organizations ranging from small business owners, to some of the most recognized corporations in the country. As a noted public speaker, she has consistently been in demand by audiences wishing to hear practical, results-oriented advice on how to overcome business and personal obstacles.
Ms. Perry has held positions on various education and corporate boards. Additionally, she has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, both nationally and regionally. She has a particular interest in working with individuals who are interested in pursuing their ambition of starting their own business.
Carol is an honors graduate of SMU, with graduate work at both the University of North Texas, as well as the University of Dallas. Prior to starting her own business, she enjoyed careers at both Warne Lambert, as well as Xerox Corporation, where she was recognized as one of the top five performers in the nation.
Libby szabo, chair-elect
Born and raised in Colorado, Libby has a deep devotion to its citizens. She has been involved in grassroots politics since she first registered to vote more than three decades ago. She, and husband, Denes, have raised their four children in Jefferson County, Colorado and own a 45-year-old family business.
Following her passion, she was elected to three terms in the Colorado General Assembly. While in the legislature, she served as House Assistant Minority Leader and was the first Latina female to be elected to a House leadership position. While serving her third term as a state legislator, she was chosen by her party’s vacancy committee to fill a Jefferson County Commissioner’s unexpired term in 2015.
In 2016 she was elected to her first four- year term as County Commissioner and serves as the Chair for the Board as well as the Law Enforcement Authority. Additionally, she serves on Denver Regional Council of Governments; Urban Drainage and Flood Control District Board; Rocky Flats Stewardship Council; Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Administrative Committee and Board of Directors; and serves as Chair of the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Legislative Committee.
In June 2017, Commissioner Szabo had the honor of being chosen as one of five County Commisioners from across the country to attend the White House Infrastructure Summit where she offered ideas to streamline the Federal government’s red tape and beauracratic processes.
john andrews, immediate past chair
John Andrews is chairman of Americans for America and former president of the Colorado Senate. He founded the Western Conservative Summit, the Independence Institute, Backbone Radio, and the Head On television debates. He has been a White House speechwriter, an appointee of four US presidents, a media commentator, and the author of several books. He participated in launching the Colorado Women’s Alliance through his most recent think tank, Centennial Institute.
grant whiteside, treasurer
Grant Whiteside, Board Treasurer, brings many years of solid business and financial experience to the Colorado Women’s Alliance. Currently a partner with 401k Squared, Grant previously had a long successful career on Wall Street, working in a leadership capacity for Lehman Brothers Investment Bank. Grant also served as CEO of Aurora Loan Services where he managed a workforce of over 3000 employees.
He is a frequent speaker, and published author, on financial and retirement issues. He received an undergraduate degree in Economics and History from Ohio Wesleyan University and earned his MBA in Finance at Columbia University.
In addition to devoting time to the Colorado Women’s Alliance, Grant is active with the Denver Kids – Big Brother Program, the DU Parent Leadership Council and is on the Board of Trustees at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Grant coaches an under-10 Girls soccer team and lives in Cherry Hills with his wife, Marie, and their five children.
Nancy Sharpe is the Chair of the Board of the Arapahoe County Commissioners. She is serving her second term as County Commissioner. Many may remember her as Mayor of the City of Greenwood Village from 2003 - 2011.
As a 34-year resident of Arapahoe County, Nancy is committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents. She works to budget responsibly and keep taxes low so that Arapahoe County will live within its means and thrive. She is known as a strong, fiscally responsible leader who fosters highly effective working relationships. She brings that same commitment to the role and mission of the Colorado Women’s Alliance. She is known for her mentorship role in the lives of female leaders and, in fact, served as President of the Colorado Women in Government organization from 2003 – 2007.
In 2016, Colorado Counties Inc. honored Nancy with the organization’s Commissioner of the Year Award for going above and beyond the call of duty. Nancy’s love of community has extended to her involvement as co-founder of “Not One More Child,” a coalition of community partners who work together to prevent child abuse and neglect; involvement with the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative; and having served on boards and committees for Littleton Hospital, the American Lung Association, Cherry Creek Republican Women, Girls Incorporated, and St. Anne’s Episcopal School.