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Hon. Peter Groff, former State Senate President, CO

Peter C. Groff is the Principal at MCG2 Consulting, LLC. He is a noted education reformer as well as a policy and political analyst.

Groff’s 25 years of public service includes serving as a Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education and as President and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). Prior to his tenure at NAPCS, he was the Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education. The Center is part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the administration of President Barack H. Obama.

Groff served as the 47th President of the Colorado State Senate and was the first African American in Colorado to ascend to the post, and only the third African American in the nation’s history to hold the gavel as State Senate President. Senator Groff, who was renowned as the “Conscience of the Senate,” served in the Colorado General Assembly for nine years and passed landmark legislation creating visionary education reform measures, prohibiting racial profiling and requiring booster seats for children. He secured tens of millions of dollars to combat health disparities and crafting Referendum C, which generated billions of dollars for critical state needs and infrastructure.

Groff also taught public policy at the University of Denver for over a decade.

Born in Chicago, Groff was raised in Denver. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands (Calif.), a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Denver.