Colorado Department of Revenue
Barbara Brohl leads the varied functions of the Colorado Department of Revenue. She is responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division, the Division of Motor Vehicles, Lottery, and Enforcement for Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Racing, and Marijuana. The department has more than 1,500 employees and annually brings in more than $11 billion in fees and taxes for the state.
Barb also co-chaired the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force, set up by Executive Order after Colorado voters approved the constitutional amendment that allows for the sale and consumption of marijuana by persons age 21 and older. The amendment also requires regulation of marijuana growth, manufacture and sale. The Task Force was charged with forwarding recommendations to the governor, general assembly and attorney general regarding how to the state should move forward with Amendment 64. In addition, Barb helped to develop legislation and rules around regulatory and enforcement matters for this industry. Responsible for implementing the first-in-the-world regulatory program for legalization and regulation of marijuana for recreational use, Barb is seen as an expert in Marijuana Regulation. She has consulted with governments on both national and international levels to present “The Colorado Model”.
Prior to her move to state government, Barb was an attorney practicing telecommunications law with Qwest Communications, representing the company in multi-million dollar commercial transactions as well as addressing all legal and regulatory matters for a 23-state region. While at Qwest, Barb oversaw the Pledge to Diversity summer clerkship program, supervising 6 – 8 summer associates each summer.
As an elected member of the RTD Board, Barb focused her attention on ensuring the transit-dependent riders’ voices were heard, that small business and minority women owned businesses had opportunities in contracting, and that the financial visibility of the agency was preserved.
Barb continues to be very active in the community. She supports the Denver Health’s “Newborns in Need” program. She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including the Colorado Donor Awareness Council and Advisory Board, The Gathering Place Board, a day shelter for homeless women and children, and currently sits on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton, an alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens.
In recognition of her commitment to service, Barb has received several professional, leadership and community service awards. Among them are: the 2008 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association‘s Christopher A. Miranda “Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer” award; the 2009 Qwest Outstanding Service Award for Diversity; the 2010 Denver Health Special Friend Award; 2011 Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Athena Award “Limitless” Finalist; the 2011 Boy Scouts of America Vale La Pena Service Award for “Unselfish service to Hispanic American Young People”; and the 2013 Colorado Women of Distinction Award from the West Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Born and raised in Colorado, Barb has a bachelor’s degree from Regis University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from University of Denver College of Law. She was a judicial law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. and William H. Erickson. But, her greatest accomplishment is her family, her husband, three children, and five grandchildren.