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Ann Ayers, JD

More About Ann

Ann Ayers, Dean of Colorado Women's College at the University of Denver, is stewarding the next chapter in CWC's 130-year legacy of advancing women across the DU campus, throughout Colorado, and nationally.

Every day, Colorado Women's College fuels the education and success of women through solution-focused research, innovative programming, scholarships for first generation college women, and building community for and around women.

Ann's strength is in moving people to action and propelling organizations to the next level. Prior to joining DU, Ann spent over 15 years building winning organizational strategies, powerful brands, transformative communications and dedicated stakeholder communities for nonprofits across the country. Her clients have included San Francisco Opera, Denver Art Museum, Boettcher Foundation, and numerous legal organizations and educational institutions.

Early in her career, Ann worked on corporate mergers and acquisitions as an attorney in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells, but as a fifth-generation Colorado native, ultimately made her way back to the mountains and blue skies.

Ann received her J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from Georgetown University.



Magdalena Red, PhD

Associate Dean of Programs and Partnerships
303-871-6654 |



Stefanie Carroll, MNM

Director, Operations and Integration
303-871-6453 |


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Amber Cheesman

Executive Assistant
303-871-6221 |
More About Amber

Amber Cheesman is Executive Assistant for Colorado Women’s College. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the Dean. She joined DU in July 2018 and is working closely with the Dean and Advisory Board to help propel new initiatives forward. She is active in the Women’s Coalition at DU, where she helps to unite women on the DU campus and in the Denver community on issues of women’s advancement. Amber enjoys travel, reading, and adventures with her family and their three dogs.




Lauren Contreras

Program Coordinator
303-871-6115 |
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Lauren Contreras is the Program Coordinator for the CWC Women's Leadership Scholars Program, where she provides administrative support, and program development and coordination to the multidisciplinary and co-curricular four-year program for undergraduate women from first generation and/or underrepresented populations at the University of Denver. In addition to this role, she is currently a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant in the Higher Education department at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her research focus includes college access, retention and support for underrepresented student populations in higher education. She is also interested in increasing diversity in leadership roles in higher education. She is originally from Dallas, TX, and moved to Colorado two years ago from Austin, TX. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Southwestern University and a Master's Degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education working in various capacities including student programming for first generation and underrepresented students, academic advising, and research. Lauren hopes to utilize her personal and professional experiences to create programming to empower and support the scholars as they navigate their college experience and prepare for their future. She also enjoys playing and watching sports, hiking, hanging out with her pets, 1 dog, and 1 cat, checking out the latest movies and traveling to new places.



Nancy Reichman, PhD

Research Director, CWC Collaboratory
303-871-6808 |
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Dr. Nancy Reichman is Research Director at Colorado Women’s College, where she is responsible for the research program of the CWC Collaboratory. She joined DU in 1984. She is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology and Director of the Socio-Legal Studies Program. Her undergraduate degree is in Anthropology and African Studies from New College In Sarasota, Florida and she earned a Master in Public Administration degree from New York University. Her PhD in Urban Studies and Planning is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Reichman has written articles and books on a number of topics including, pay equity, gender and workplace regulation, white -collar crime, sports regulation, and global environmental regulation. She is presently engaged in two new empirical projects: how workplace scheduling is refracted through a kaleidoscope of institutions (criminal justice, housing, transportation, education) to create persistent challenges for low wage workers; and ways that anti-doping regulation is built into everyday routines to extend state surveillance. Professor Reichman is a mayoral appointee to the Denver Women’s Commission. Previously, she served as chair of the Colorado Pay Equity Commission and chaired the Board of Directors of Building Bridges, a Denver non-profit that helps to combat hate, discrimination and violent conflict by connecting individuals face-to-face with those they have been taught to fear and mistrust and teaching leadership skills for working across communities. At CWC, Dr. Reichman is responsible for supporting collaborative research and artistic endeavors that create knowledge, inform policy, transform practice, and question existing paradigms in order to support women´s equity and advancement. She is committed to bringing an intersectional lens to research, policy, and practice.