Kathleen Marie Novak

Teaching Associate Professor

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Professional Biography

Kathie Novak is a Lecturer for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, and a Senior Advisor with the Center for Priority Based Budgeting, a non-profit located in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as the Institute Director for the Colorado Municipal Clerks Institute. Kathie has experience in the private, public, and not for profit sectors.

Kathie has almost 19 years of elected public service, 11 as a member of the Northglenn City Council, and an additional 8 years as Mayor. She was term-limited in 2010. During her time in public office, she served as President of the National League of Cities in 2009, and held numerous other leadership positions.

She consults in the areas of leadership development, management training, team building, and facilitation. She has worked as an international consultant, specializing in program development, curriculum development, and training. Kathie has been a presenter and speaker at numerous national and international conferences.

Kathie earned her Master of Science in Management from the University of Colorado at Denver, and has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has been teaching management at the graduate and undergraduate level since 1991.

Her awards include the 2012 John V. Christensen Award for exemplifying the tradition of John V. Christensen in promoting and working for good, strong, representative local government and regionalism in solving mutual problems; “9NEWS Leader of the Year” for 2003; “Businesswoman of the Year” awarded by the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce; “Excellence in Teaching Award” from Regis University; and was awarded an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship, for travel in Summer 2002.


  • Certificate, Public Leadership Credential, Harvard Kennedy School , 2022
  • MS, Management, University of Colorado, 1988
  • BSBA, Organizational Management, University of Colorado, 1983