Brad Brunz
Development Director

Brad Brunz

Brad is the Director of Development for One Colorado. Brad grew up as the son of a military USAF pilot and an English Literature Teacher. His father flew B-52’s and did two tours in Vietnam. He retired as a Colonel after 27 years of service. He has one sibling who is three years older and owns a Bed and Breakfast in Northern Idaho.

Brad attended the University of Nebraska for his Undergraduate degree where he was the Speaker of the House of the Student Body and Senator of his College for three consecutive years as well as his fraternity president as a sophomore. That foundation led Brad to working for two US Senators, Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson. During this time, Brad also studied at Oxford University, England on a scholarship and completed a research project at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California in conjunction with the RAND Corporation on International Security and Arms Control.

In 1997, Brad attended both Georgetown University and George Washington University and received his Masters degree from George Washington University in Political Management. While completing his Masters he worked for the top Democratic Media Consulting firm Shrum, Devine, and Donilion. After graduating, Brad moved to Denver to be close to his college friends and worked in Government Affairs for US West and oversaw four states. Brad then became the government affairs person for all of the California and Nevada Credit Unions and relocated to Los Angeles and later to San Francisco where he also ran Black Horse London Pub on the weekends.

Brad returned to Denver in the summer of 2009 and went to work for World Vision, an international relief organization, where he oversaw four states with regard to individual major donor fundraising. During his three-year tenure, he was able to raise approximately $6.5 million dollars through individual donors and took donors to Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India and Thailand. World Vision then asked him to move to Phoenix, Arizona and he decided to stay “home” and spent the next four years as the Director of Development for 9Health Fair. Brad then was a finalist to be the CDO for The Salvation Army in Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota and relocated to his hometown Omaha where he was the Senior Director of Development. After a year and a half, Brad returned to Colorado to do contract/consulting fundraising for Maji Safi Group based out of Boulder, which means clean water in Swahili. He spent the month of August in Northern Tanzania.

In addition, Brad has been an Adjunct Professor of American Government for fourteen years at both Community College of Denver and Metro State University. Brad has been a paid staff member on thirteen federal campaigns ranging from Presidential, to US Senate to US Congress, to Mayoral. He has lived in 29 US Cities and 2 foreign countries. Brad currently lives in his home in the RiNo District with his dog Norman who is half French and half English and is quite the character.