Stephanie Copeland Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Stephanie Copeland

Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Spanning close to three decades in the telecommunications sector, Stephanie Copeland was part of the birth and growth of the internet in both the US and Europe.

From large multi-national to small early phase companies, Stephanie has focused on ensuring high growth for companies both in the US and Europe. She started her career in sales and quickly established herself as a thought leader. In the early 1990s she moved to St.Petersburg, Russia to take a management position with Cable and Wireless, establishing a joint venture to bring competitive telecommunications to the region. Stephanie moved back to the US for 5 years in 1994, as part of the team that started MFS International where the company built some of the first competitive telecom networks in Europe. Joining the early team at Level 3 communications in late 1997, Stephanie developed and ran the first transport products for the company in the US, Europe and Asia. In 2001, Qwest communications recruited Stephanie to run pricing for the company, spanning the consumer, small and large business segments. She remained at Qwest for 10 years until the sale of the company to Centurylink, holding several leadership roles including the Vice President of Marketing and the Vice President of the Small Business Segment. Stephanie joined the Zayo Group in 2012 and held several leadership positions at the company. Most recently, she served as President at the Zayo Group and part of the leadership team taking the company public. As an industry leader, Stephanie began speaking at industry and technical conferences in the early 90’s and most recently was named Fierce Telecom’s top women to watch in 2015.

Most importantly, Stephanie has been an advocate and supporter of women in business. She is passionate about equity in the workplace and has tirelessly worked to both set the example and provide mentoring and support to women across the industry. Stephanie lives in Denver with her two children and significant other, Scott Jones where they enjoy skiing, biking and just being outdoors. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois in German and Commercial studies. She completed post graduate courses at the University of Paderborn in Paderborn, Germany.