Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Sam Walker as new executive director of Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment
DENVER — Friday, Feb. 02, 2018 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Sam Walker as the next executive director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
“Sam brings a lifetime passion to help those who have been left behind in education or training,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Colorado is a leader in innovative programs that address these conditions, and Sam has the intellect, experience, and more importantly, the heart, to take these programs to the next level and become a model for the entire country.”
Walker was most recently the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, and previously Chief People (Human Resources) Officer (2012-2016), at Molson Coors Brewing Company. He was instrumental in transforming Molson Coors into a global company, making it more diverse. Prior to Molson Coors, he was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served in the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. At the U.S. Department of Labor he managed the 3,000 employee Employment Standards Administration, the largest agency in the department. Walker began his career as an associate with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson.
Walker is a member of the Colorado and District of Columbia Bar Associations. He also has been active with the Colorado Access to Justice Commission, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, the Denver Salvation Army Harbor Lights program and previously served on the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Walker’s appointment is pending Senate confirmation.