Jill Cowperthwaite was named director of marketing and external relations at the Gates Center in August 2012, and now serves as its executive director and co-director of the Gates Summer Internship Program. A fourth-generation Coloradan, Jill arrived at the Center having spent four years as director of development at History Colorado, 15 years at St. Anne’s Episcopal School as associate director of development and alumni relations, and five years as a legislative assistant for the late Illinois Congressman John Porter in Washington, D.C.
Jill received her BA in Political Science from Middlebury College in Vermont. She has served as a board member and president of the Parents’ Association at Graland Country Day School, the Middlebury College Rocky Mountain
Chapter, the Kent Denver Alumni Association, and the University of Denver’s Humanities Institute.
Jill is thrilled to be involved in something that holds such promise for Colorado and the future of health care. She is particularly motivated by the fact that the Center was established in memory of Charles
Gates, who was both the father of her “oldest” friend, Diane Gates Wallach, and one of the most impressive and visionary men she’s ever known, and the caliber and potential of her colleagues and
the college undergraduates who participate in the Gates Summer Internship Program.
She and her husband Charles Jones have two grown daughters, Carly and Lucy.