Karen Niparko is Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver where she leads all aspects of the City’s human capital strategy including talent Acquisition, Benefits, Wellness, Compensation, Classification and Records, Learning & Development and HR technology and Innovation for over 13,000 employees in 35 agencies across the City. She works closely with the Mayor’s office, City Council and independent elected official agencies on behalf of human capital initiatives and is focused on employee engagement, branding and talent acquisition, development, performance excellence and innovation.
Niparko formerly served as Vice President Human Resources of Grass Valley, a privately held global company and leader in the global media and broadcast industry that was acquired by Belden Inc. in 2014. Prior to Grass Valley, she held senior human resources executive and chief of staff positions with First Data Corporation, McDATA Corporation, StorageTek and Auto-trol Technology Corporation, all companies that have been acquired or have acquired other firms. She also served as president of the StorageTek foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. As principal of Corporate Solutions Consulting Inc. (CSCI), Niparko was resident executive, consultant and advisor to organizations in various stages of growth or sale - private equity owned start-ups, companies preparing for sale and non-profit organizations as well as private companies. She held a U.S. top-secret security clearance.
Niparko’s experience also includes M&A, integration, transformation and turnarounds in large and small public companies, privately-held and start-up ventures in both the global and domestic environments.
Niparko holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business and a BA in Business Administration from University of Michigan. She serves on the Advisory Board of Denver’s Head Start initiative, serves on the City’s PEAK performance innovation and process improvement committee, is an IPMA-HR Board member and committee member for their Vision HR 2020 report. She was Board member of the University of Colorado Denver School of Business and recipient of the Mack Easton Award for Outstanding Alumni. Niparko also served as Chair of INROADS-Colorado, a diversity student career internship organization, judge for NetCase MBA competitions and mentor for international MBA students. Along with her adult children, she serves as chair of the Niparko Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on self-sufficiency and education and the elimination of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Niparko is a former trustee of the Denver Montessori Society and served as committee chair of the ecommerce committee of the Governor’s Strategic Workforce Development Council.