Office of Community and Economic Development Who We Are
Kathay Rennels, Associate Vice President for Engagement at Colorado State University, works to advance collaborative networks across the state and create economic development opportunities. She has significant experience fostering public and private partnerships in regional and rural workforce development, with particular attention to Larimer and Weld Counties. Rennels previously served three terms as a Larimer County
Commissioner and is now leading the Food and Agriculture Key Industry Network for the State of Colorado.
Rennels helped initiate “The Value Chain of Colorado Agriculture” project, released in March 2013, and co-authored the November 2014 follow-up study, “The Emergence of an Innovation Cluster in the Agricultural Value Chain along Colorado’s Front Range”.
She also currently serves on the Northern Colorado Economic Development Council, Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, El Pomar Foundation, The Matthews House, Larimer County United Way, and Colorado Youth Conservation Association.
Geniphyr Ponce-Pore, MS, is the Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development and is the Workforce Specialist for CSU Extension. With 15 years of experience working in community, economic and workforce development in Colorado, she joined CSU in 2010.
Having lived and worked in both rural and urban Colorado, Ponce-Pore has pulled together teams to develop and implement projects that address community, economic, and workforce development issues ranging from strategic planning for regional tourism, emerging workforce needs and developing next generation talent, small business development, and training to support new and seasoned entrepreneurs. She is certified in Permaculture, and is trained in Appreciative Inquiry, Systematic Development of Informed Consent (SDIC) and other group process and facilitation methods. She also developed and runs a small all natural body-care business with her daughter, and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Tabitha Tyree is the new Administrative and Communication Support for Gen Ponce-Pore in the CSU Office of Engagement. She graduated from Rocky Mountain High School and Colorado State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.
Her degree took her to KeyPoint Government Solutions, a government contractor. During her time at KeyPoint, she worked in program management, contract compliance, training development and audit creation. She particularly enjoys developing relationships with stakeholders, drafting communications and creating positive change for her community.