Business Development and Communications Director
Jaime Gardner joined Novitas as our Business Development and Communications Director in September 2021. She has run High Plains Communications, LLC), held government agency and corporate positions, and has had several life adventures that all inform her background and perspective. With a focus on communications and public relations, business administration, internal communications, public outreach, social media coordination, event planning, web content and copy writing, Jaime provides a variety of services to our clients.
Gardner has over twenty years of experience working in the public and private sector. For eight years she was Executive Director of the Colorado Resource Alliance, a membership-based regulatory monitoring service serving counties, trade associations, individuals and companies interested in natural resource policy. She organized and administered the Front Range Energy Career Expo, a high school energy education and college/career fair event, in 2009 and 2010. She briefly served as Executive Director of the Houston-based Consumer Energy Education Foundation, providing energy education for middle school and high school students as well as STEM based scholarship opportunities, in 2013.
Prior to that, Jaime worked in a variety of positions for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), both in Colorado and Washington, DC. Jaime was a Public Information Officer for BLM in the Colorado State Office, covering issues in recreation, energy, Congressional and state government relations, and law enforcement. During her time in Washington, Jaime managed the Secretary’s Office of Alaska Affairs. Early in her career, Gardner worked as a project manager and “troubleshooter” for Lucent Technologies, both in Denver, Colorado and Huizen, Netherlands.
As a fourth generation Colorado native, Jaime Gardner grew up in the Denver metro area, graduating from Thornton High School and the International Baccalaureate Program in 1997. Jaime holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Denver, with concentrations in International Criminal Justice and Law and International Security; and minors in Economics and Russian Language – which she uses almost never today.