Term expires January 1, 2026
Diane Barrett was appointed to the DERP Retirement Board by Mayor Michael Hancock in March 2020. She began her career as a librarian and entrepreneur before changing direction to go to law school. She practiced law in Denver for nearly 25 years, focusing on municipalities and land development. In 2005, Diane was recruited by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper to help guide completion of the landmark Union Station redevelopment project. In 2011, Mayor Hancock appointed her to be the city’s chief projects officer, a position from which she retired in 2019.
As a retired city employee, Diane understands how integral DERP is to every Denver employee’s later life and is honored to be part of the team that assures the plan and its investments are sound. According to Diane, “I love thinking through all the financial, broad economic, and personal ramifications of the investment decisions we are asked to participate in.”
When she is not attending to DERP Retirement Board business, she enjoys walking outdoors, practicing yoga and reading.
Term expires January 1, 2028
George Delaney was appointed to the DERP Retirement Board by Mayor Michael Hancock in January 2022. His career in public service and finance spanned 50 years and included management positions at the Denver Department of Public Works (now Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure or DOTI), the Colorado State Budget Office, the Colorado Department of Corrections, and the Colorado Community Colleges System. Now retired, he says his career highlight was serving as Colorado State Budget Director in Governor Roy Romer’s cabinet.
George brings the values that guided him during his career to his role on the committee, which include honesty, integrity, and loyalty. “I want members to know that I have their best interests at heart, both financially and benefit-wise,” he said. “I believe my background in public finance and employee management helps me do this. I take my role representing the members very seriously and want to provide the best, most reliable retirement program for them, one that is financially sound and equitable in its benefits and costs.”
In his retirement, George enjoys playing golf, doing yardwork and being outdoors in Colorado. He also looks forward to traveling with his wife.
Term expires January 2029
Bio coming soon.
Term expires January 1, 2027
Guadalupe Gutierrez-Vasquez was appointed to the DERP Retirement Board by Mayor Michael Hancock in 2014. She has worked for the City and County of Denver since 2007, beginning as a senior analyst and currently serving as managing director of capital funding within the Department of Finance. Over the years, she is proud to have participated in and contributed to Denver’s major bond initiatives from the 2007 Better Denver Bond Program to the major capital programs at Denver International Airport, which have included projects such as the Hotel and transit center, and the Great Hall.
Guadalupe is driven by values that include respect, accountability, commitment, and inclusiveness. She believes it is her “duty and obligation, both as an employee and a beneficiary, to contribute and advise on oversight of the plan.” Her unique perspective—as a Latina, first generation college graduate, and daughter of immigrants, combined with her background and experience in finance—enriches the work of the board.
In her free time, Guadalupe enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking with her husband and young son. She also loves to cook.
Lisa Zúñiga Ramirez, CFA
Term expires January 1, 2025
Lisa Zúñiga Ramirez was appointed to the DERP Retirement Board by Mayor Michael Hancock in January 2021. Her 31-year career in the financial services industry was launched when she was selected as a college intern in the minority internship program, INROADS Colorado. She went on to be a partner and senior portfolio manager at Denver Investments LLC, and then a principal and senior portfolio manager when Denver Investments LLC was acquired by Segall Bryant & Hamill in 2018. She received her CFA charter in 1997. During her time at Denver Investments, Lisa was instrumental in helping to grow its small cap value strategy to over $2 billion. Lisa retired in late 2020 to spend time with her sons, pursue corporate directorships, and give back to the community.
Learning, working hard and demonstrating integrity, empathy, and acceptance to her children drives Lisa to pursue excellence in all she does. In her role as a member of the DERP Retirement Board, she appreciates being able to use her financial knowledge and experience to help others. “Protecting and growing the retirement benefits of members and retirees, who have dedicated themselves to the City and County of Denver, is an honor and a privilege,” she said.
When she’s not working or volunteering, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband and twin teenage boys, playing golf, and hosting get-togethers with family and friends.
To contact a member of the retirement board, email DERP.Board@DERP.org