President and CEO
University of Colorado Foundation
Jack Finlaw is the President and CEO of the University of Colorado Foundation. The CU Foundation partners with the University of Colorado to steward the University’s private funding and manage its endowment and other investments.
Jack was chief legal counsel to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper from 2011 to 2014. During that period, he handled the Governor’s legal matters, advised the Governor on judicial appointments and managed special projects for the Governor, including the initial implementation of Colorado’s new marijuana laws. Jack had been a part of Hickenlooper’s leadership team since 2003, serving as director of Denver’s Theatres and Arenas Division and as deputy chief of staff during Hickenlooper’s tenure as mayor of Denver. In these roles, Jack oversaw the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center, the construction of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and the management of Denver’s city-owned venues including the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Prior to his public sector career, Jack was deputy general counsel at Comcast Corporation from 1999 until 2002, and he was corporate counsel for Jones Intercable, Inc. from 1984 until 1999. He began his legal career as a securities lawyer in the Denver office of Kirkland & Ellis. His corporate law practice focused on public and private equity and debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Jack has been chair of the board of Opera Colorado and he has served on the boards of the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation and Visit Denver. An active volunteer in The Episcopal Church for over 30 years, Jack has held various leadership positions at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver and he has represented the Diocese of Colorado at the triennial general convention of The Episcopal Church since 2003.