Colorado Catholic Conference names new executive director
DENVER. The four bishops of Colorado announced April 27 that Brittany Vessely was chosen as the new executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference. She replaces Jenny Kraska, who was recently named executive director of the Maryland Catholic Conference. Vessely was the founding director of Catholic Education Partners (CEP), a national lobbying and policy organization that advocates for legislative support of parental choice in education. Prior to her work at CEP, Vessely served as the Director of State Policy at the Friedman Foundation. “My fellow bishops and I look forward to working with Brittany to help build a culture and society that are open to life at every stage and that truly respect the dignity of the human person and the natural family,” said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver. “Colorado is a state that is important in determining the future of our country, given its evenly-divided electorate and its history as a place where new ideas are tested.” Vessely said that she looks forward to bringing her expertise in education policy to the Colorado Catholic Conference while also expanding the scope of issues she is able to work on. “Colorado is a national leader in state policy and home to a vibrant Catholic community,” Vessely said. “In many ways, it is the heart of St. John Paul II’s new evangelization in America. I am honored to represent our bishops and our community on legislative issues that impact our lives and families, while also promoting Catholic social teaching and the common good.” The Colorado Catholic Conference represents the bishops of the three dioceses of Colorado at the state Capitol.