James Mejia

Degree: Ph.D.

Chief Strategy Officer

James Mejia


Bilingual - Spanish Colorado Education Politics Public Service Real Estate/Housing


  • Government Relations
  • Politics
  • Education
  • Organizational Management


James Mejia is the Chief Strategy Officer of Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include government relations, education, politics and organizational management.  

Earlier in his career, Mejía was recruited by former Denver Mayors John Hickenlooper and Wellington Webb to lead and manage some of the city’s most important, complex and challenging agencies and capital projects. He served as the founding president and CEO of the nationally recognized Denver Preschool Program as well as project manager for the $425 million bond project to build the Denver Justice Center.  

A lifelong volunteer and community servant, Mejía was the first Latino elected citywide to serve a four-year role as at-large member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. His contributions led to being named 2009 Community Leader of the Year by 9News and the Denver Chamber Leadership Foundation. 

Mejia received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his master’s degree from Arizona State University, both in Business Administration. He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Princeton University. 

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