A small businesswoman, politician and leader in her community, State Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, served as the State House Majority Leader in 2011 and 2012.
As the founder and director of Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting, an organization that helps non-profit and faith-based organizations build their capacity by providing innovative ideas, coaching, leadership, organization and program development in addition to extensive federal grant review and writing. Her success in this organization led her to serve Health and Human Services as a panel expert on federal grant review committees.
Prior to the founding of Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting, Amy worked as a public policy and youth culture specialist for Focus on the Family. She led a policy team to Europe and spoke in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Conference on Families. While managing the Youth Culture Department at Focus, Amy produced the parent/teen event, “Life on the Edge” as well as the expansion of the youth culture publication Plugged In and Plugged In Online. Her successful restructure also included booklets and the teen radio show Life on the Edge. Amy wrote the youth relationship curriculum No Apologies, which is now used world-wide in over 33 countries and in more than 23 languages. Amy represented Focus on the Family during her ten-year tenure on television and radio and wrote articles and opinion editorials for state and national newspapers and magazines. Her work there garnered her appointment by Colorado’s former Governor Bill Owens to the Governor’s Task Force on the Welfare of Children.
Amy’s political experience includes working on the state and local campaigns for former Gov. Bill Owens, 4th Judicial District Attorney John Newsome, and Clerk & Recorder Wayne Williams. She has also served four terms as an El Paso County Republican Bonus Member and delegate to the 1996 and 2002 Republican conventions.
Amy’s vast experiences have landed her the listing as a leader and policy expert in welfare reform and youth relationship issues by the Heritage Foundation. She has also contributed several op-ed pieces and interviews to many of America’s major newspapers, such as the USA Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, The Rocky Mountain News, as well as sound bytes for hundreds of secular and Christian radio stations across the nation.
In her first year at the statehouse, Amy was chosen as the Republican Caucus Chairman. She was selected as one of the “5 Rising Stars” of the Republican Party by the Denver Post and the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. Amy served on the House Business and Economic Development committee where she fought to preserve a pro-business climate in Colorado before. Amy’s extensive leadership in the legislature and business community has earned her awards from the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Rep. Stephens sits on the Board for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Women in Government program and contributes NCSL’s State and Local Taxation of Communications and Electronic Commerce committee. Amy was chosen for the Council of State Government’s Leadership Program as well as the Darden School of Business Executive Education Leadership Program. Amy also serves on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) Health and Human Services committee.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University-Fullerton and is working on a Masters of Public Administration.
When not busy working at the capitol, Amy resides in Monument, Colorado with her husband, Ron, and son, Nicholas.