Fairweather Chosen as 2021 President-Elect

Jennifer Fairweather 6.18.20


Jennifer Fairweather, IPMA-SCP, has been elected IPMA-HR's 2021 President-Elect.  She serves as the human resources director for Jefferson County, Colo. 

Candidate Statement

It is my honor to be a candidate for 2021 President-Elect for IPMA-HR. Human resources is going through quite a transformation as we continue to do more with less and incorporate more technology and artificial intelligence into our processes. We continue to need a strong focus on recruitment and retention as we maintain care for the people in our organizations. I believe IPMA-HR is in a great position to provide the support we need through these transitions.

When you think about the need for human resources professionals to fully transition into strategic change agents, IPMA-HR can provide the tools members need to develop key skills. In partnership with other professional associations, IPMA-HR can be the change agent that is needed to build the business case with the executive leaders of public sector organizations. Through more strategic alignment with other associations and educational institutions, we can tackle this from an advocacy perspective and as a development opportunity.

Currently, we are in the middle of managing a major change with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we move forward as a professional association, we all must consider what the new normal will look like and how we can best support each other. We are also seeing many people across the world engage in active protests against racism while advocating for equitable practices and policies. As human resources leaders in our organizations, we have an obligation to lead efforts to build inclusivity and minimize bias while engaging in the difficult work of facilitating conversations to foster systemic change. 

I welcome the privilege and opportunity to work with all of you in growing our membership, continuing to provide amazing opportunities for networking and development, fostering the reputation of excellence in public sector human resources, and ensuring the continued success of our dynamic association. 

I would be honored to receive your vote. Thank you for your consideration.


Biographical Sketch

I am currently the Director of Human Resources (CHRO) for Jefferson County, located in Golden Colorado. I am also an Affiliate Professor with Regis University where I facilitate undergraduate and graduate courses for the College of Business and Economics. I have been an active volunteer and member of IPMA-HR for over 20 years. I have held volunteer leadership roles at all levels of the Association, including the chapter level, region level and national level. In addition, I have public sector leadership experience in a variety of roles, including a large county government organization, a civil service agency, a small court organization, and a very large decentralized human resources city system. Prior to joining the public sector, I worked in the finance industry and the retail sector. My experiences give me a diverse perspective as a public sector HR professional and as a volunteer within IPMA-HR. This gives me a wide range of different perspectives that reflects some of the diversity of the members within our organization. 


  • National
    • Senior Certified Professional 2006 to present
    • Executive Council 2016-2019
    • Financial Committee 2018
    • Program Committee 2017 – 2018, 2014-2015
    • Professional Development Committee 2014
    • Awards Committee
  • Western Region
    • Muriel M. Morse Achievement Award
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Conference Chair
    • Conference Program Chair
    • Conference Committee
    • Communication Chair
  • Colorado Chapter Member
    • President
    • Secretary
    • Board Member

Other areas of practice:

  • Strategic leadership and management
  • Development of diversity, equity, and inclusivity programs
  • Oversight and management of culture change initiatives
  • Development of survey and assessment tools
  • Development of performance appraisal systems
  • Non-profit board member
  • Training and organization development
  • Public speaking and facilitation


Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Colorado, 1990

Master of Arts, Human Resources Development, Webster University, 2000

Certificate in Professional Training, Employers Council

Yellow Belt, Lean Six Sigma

Find me at:

Email:  jfairwea@jeffco.us

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferfairweather/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fairweather5280

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jfairwea/

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