Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown of Colorado Futures CenterCharles (Charlie) S. Brown is the director of the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University and founder and president of Charles Brown Consulting Inc, a small public policy and economic consulting firm. Previous he was director of the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future at the University of Denver and staff director for the Colorado Economic Futures Panel.

Before his career as a private consultant focused on public policy, Brown served a 29-year career in state government, retiring in 2004. During that time, he spent 17 years as executive director of the Legislative Council Staff.

Brown was also an assistant commissioner of education for two years. He was responsible for administering the all aspects of the state’s system for funding public schools. He also served the Legislative Council for 11 years as the lead tax and fiscal analyst and school finance specialist.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he was a 1994 Gates Fellow at the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He was awarded the Outstanding Public Service Award by the University of Colorado and the Graduate School of Public Affairs in 2003, and the Leo C. Riethmayer Outstanding Public Administrator Award in 2004. He is an honorary inductee to Pi Alpha Alpha, the professional honor society for public administrators. Charlie was appointed to the Colorado State Board of Equalization, confirmed by the Colorado State Senate, and elected as the board’s vice-chairman in 2006.

Michael Martin
Senior Fellow

Michael Martin

Michael (Mike) Martin has over 40 years of experience in and commitment to public higher education both as a faculty member and an administrator. He currently serves as Chancellor Emeritus of the Colorado State University System. He has also served as Chancellor of Louisiana State University, President of New Mexico State University, Senior Vice President at the University of Florida and Dean at the University of Minnesota.  For 15 years he was a faculty member at Oregon State University.

Martin earned bachelors and masters degrees from Minnesota State University – Mankato and a PhD. from the University of Minnesota in Applied Economics.

Through his career Martin has sought to advance knowledge, serve students and engage citizens and communities.  He is currently working with others to extend and expand the land-grant mission to meet 21st century needs.


Phyllis Resnick
Lead Economist

Phyllis Resnick

Phyllis Resnick is lead economist for the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University. In addition, she is an independent consultant with a practice that focuses on economic forecasting, revenue and fiscal sustainability studies for state and local governments, and economic impact studies.  Her current and past clients include the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting, the region’s metropolitan planning organizations, many of Colorado’s municipal governments, and the State of Hawaii.

Resnick is the former lead economist for the Center for Colorado’s Economic Future and for the Colorado Economic Futures Panel, both at the University of Denver. For much of 2012, she traveled throughout Colorado presenting the findings from the Center’s award winning fiscal sustainability study and advised the state of Hawaii on issues of fiscal sustainability.  In 2007-08 she served as research staff to DU’s Strategic Issues Panel exploring changes to the state’s constitution.  She has led and authored a number of studies looking at state and local tax policy and burdens within Colorado and has spoken nationally on the impact of Colorado’s TABOR Amendment and the role of the initiative process in formulating fiscal policy in Colorado.

Resnick completed her master’s and doctoral degrees at the CU-Boulder and CU-Denver respectively, and her research explored the effect of tax and expenditure limitations on tax reform efforts in the states.