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Federico F. Peña
Former mayor of Denver
The Honorable Federico F. Peña is currently a Senior Advisor at Vestar Capital Partners, a leading global private equity firm. The company’s investment strategy is targeted towards companies in the U.S. and Europe with valuations in the $250 million to $3 billion range. Vestar Capital is headquartered in New York and has offices in Boston and Denver.
During the past 37 years, Peña has practiced law, served in the Colorado State House of Representatives, served as Mayor of the City and County of Denver, founded an investment advisory firm, and served in two cabinet positions in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of the Department of Energy and Secretary of the Department of Transportation. Peña received a JD from the University of Texas and is a 1968 graduate of the University of Texas. He is originally from Brownsville, Texas, and lives in Denver with his wife, the former Cindy Velasquez, and their four children. Peña serves on the board of Sonic Corp. and Toyota’s North American Diversity Advisory Board. He is National Co-Chair of COMPETE, an organization dedicated to fostering competition in the electricity market. Peña is Chair of A+ Denver, a 100-member citizen group assisting the reform of the Denver Public Schools. He was also National Co-Chair of Obama for America and a national board member of the Obama-Biden Transition.