WHO WE ARE
Mike Melanson is the senior partner of OnSight Public Affairs. He has led and managed political campaigns in Colorado for over 15 years, including campaigns for both Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper, as well as the only successful statewide taxing measure for children’s healthcare. In 2011, Campaigns and Elections named Mike among the “Top 5 Democrats” on their list of “Colorado Influencers.”
Over the past few years, Mike managed Colorado’s gubernatorial inauguration committee “Colorado Can Do,” helped develop polling and messaging for use across the western United States for Project New America, worked with the Internet Innovation Alliance to bring attention to the need for increased rural broadband access and managed Amendment 66 for the Colorado Forum. Additionally, he has led projects for the University of Colorado, HNTB Corporation on the Northwest Area Mobility Study, and advises the Hickenlooper, Perlmutter, and Romanoff organizations.
Mike’s specialties include account and business management, and political consulting.
Jen Barbour was originally trained as an Urban Planner and Landscape Architect but found bikes along the way and her path was never the same. As Executive Director of Team Evergreen Cycling, she oversees the largest bike club in the state including the production of the Triple Bypass and Mount Evans Hill Climb.
Her love of mountain biking has developed into a devotion to finding opportunities for trail access and use as well as celebrating the wonderful trail system in Jefferson County.
She can be found riding, racing or enjoying a beer after a ride at a trailhead near you.
OnSight Public Affairs
Ben Davis is co-founder and partner of OnSight Public Affairs, specializing in strategy development, communications and creative direction. For 12 years he has employed these skills with organizations in the business, sport and political industries to meet their individual goals. His expertise in public strategy and communications have been successfully used on some of the state’s highest-profile efforts including the USA Pro Challenge and campaigns for both Senator Mark Udall and Governor John Hickenlooper.
Following years spent playing and working in the Rocky Mountains, Ben’s professional career started with knocking on doors for conservation campaigns. Since then he’s devoted his skills towards protecting Colorado’s environment, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and protecting local brewers and distillers from changes to their marketplace. Most recently, Ben has combined his passion for bikes and his experience influencing public policies to improving life for two wheelers in his home state. He is currently working on the Colorado Pedals Project, starting a new mountain bike race in Golden, CO, and working with cycling enthusiasts throughout the state to make sure anyone and everyone has an opportunity to pedal happily. And when he’s not working, you can probably find him hanging with his family or riding one of his bikes through the woods.
Friends of Apex
Al Head has been a bike mechanic, a wilderness guide, a high school teacher, a high school dean, a high school director, a college educator, a small business owner, a loving partner, and a father of two young children. Throughout all of life’s adventures, however, two things have always been constant. There have always been bikes, and Al has always found himself in service to others. Starting Friends of JCOS was a synergy of these two constants and developing the Golden Giddyup was a way of taking both his love of bikes and his passion for service to the next level. Al was named the 2016 Colorado Mountain Bike Association’s Most Valuable Volunteer.
Al lives in Golden and rides Apex several times a week and is always eager to talk anything bikes. Bikes. Bikes Bikes Bikes. Bikes.