Dennis Ellis is the Microsoft TechSpark Community Engagement Manager for Cheyenne, Wyoming. In this role, he will work with local partners on programs that will help accelerate economic growth in Wyoming through regional internet connectivity, digital skills development, career pathways, nonprofit support and digital business transformation. He brings to the role his experience as proprietor of Ellis Public Affairs, a communications and advocacy firm connecting corporations with local causes. Dennis serves on the steering committee of the Wyoming Business Alliance, is past president of Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, past vice president of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming and currently serves on Wyoming’s Mixed Martial Art Commission. He also led the Wyoming Medical Society, an organization that represents Wyoming physicians and their patients. Dennis also served as Deputy Attorney General for External Affairs in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and in Governor Bill Owens’ cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and was Legislative Director and Counsel for United States Representative Barbara Cubin overseeing her policy staff in Washington, DC. Dennis holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wyoming, and was certified as a mediator by the Supreme Court of Virginia. He completed leadership training at both the Kellogg Institute and the Kennedy School of Government, and is a Leadership Wyoming graduate. A Wyoming native, his family owned a sheep and cattle ranch for over 100 years. He is married to Wyoming State Senator Affie Ellis and is a father of three.