The Governor’s Office of Policy and Research gathers information and provides analysis on a wide range of federal, state and local issues that come to the attention of the Governor. The staff assists the Governor in developing and monitoring public policies, as well as analyzing all legislation that is considered each session. The office also proactively assists in implementing the Governor’s policy agenda, in collaboration with the Governor’s cabinet. The office also staffs the Governor for his participation in:

Legislative Team

Kurtis Morrison
Legislative Director 

Lauren Lambert
Senior Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs/Senior Budget Advisor

Christina Rosendahl
Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs

Jefferey Riester
Legislative Liaison

Policy Team

Simon Tafoya
Senior Director for Policy and Federal Relations

Kyle Brown
Policy Director, Health and Human Services

Matt Hastings
Senior Policy Advisor, Agriculture, Local Affairs, Personnel & Administration, Information Technology, and Economic Development

John Swartout
Senior Policy Advisor, Rural Policy and Outreach Director

Wade Buchanan
Senior Advisor on Aging

Adam Zarrin
Policy Advisor, Justice, Safety, Military & Veteran Affairs, and Transportation

Alex Whitaker
Policy Advisor, Energy and Natural Resources

Alexis Menocal Harrigan ​
Policy Advisor, Education and Human Services

Tara Smith
State Two Generation ("2Gen") Program Coordinator

Contact the Office of Policy, Research and Legislative Affairs at (303) 866-2471.