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Gail Pederson
Position: Football Chief of Staff/Associate AD
Other Position: Ralphie Mascot Director
Alma Mater: Cal State-Fullerton '77
Phone: 303-492-7930
Email: gail.pederson@colorado.edu

Gail Pederson is in her 19th year as a member of the University of Colorado athletic department, her 10th in her second stint with the program and her first as Associate Athletic Director/Football Chief of Staff.

In serving as the chief of staff for Mike MacIntyre’s program, she works closely with internal and external constituencies to prioritize projects and commitments.

She also is in her 17th year managing one of the unique traditions in all of college football, as Pederson is the Ralphie Program Director; in that role, she coordinates all aspects surrounding CU’s live buffalo mascot, Ralphie.

Pederson originally joined the CU staff on August 1, 1994, as the assistant marketing and promotions director.    She was named promotions director on July 1, 1996 and eventually would oversee most of the department’s marketing efforts by the time she ended her first tour of duty with the school in early 2004.

Upon her return to Boulder in the summer of 2005 under then-athletic director Mike Bohn, she was at first his top administrative aide.  However, the role would soon morph into that of the athletic department’s first-ever chief of staff, a position that carried associate AD status and one that she held until transitioning into a similar role with the football program in the spring of 2014.  She was actively involved in the transition to the Pac-12 Conference serving on the first Pac-12 Football Championship Committee and as CU’s liaison in the launch of the Pac-12 Network.

For a brief time early in Rick George’s tenure as athletic director, she assumed the role of associate AD for capital projects as the department proposed and had approved a $143 million expansion, playing a vital role in much of the behind-the-scenes work. 

Pederson first took on the duties of the Ralphie Program in 1998, following the passing of Ralphie III; she helped coordinate the school working with Ted Turner’s ranch to adopt Ralphie IV, and was also heavily involved in the transition to Ralphie V in 2008.  She managed the program from 1998-2004 and assumed the role again upon her return to CU in 2005.

She left Boulder for about 18 months from 2004 to 2005 due to a family illness, during which time she lived in southern California.  While based there, she was the Marketing/Public Relations Director at the University of California Riverside in Palm Desert, assisting in the opening of a new MBA and MFA graduate school.

Prior to coming to Colorado, she spent seven years (1987-94) as the associate executive director of the Orange County Sports Association.  While with the OCSA, which handled both the Freedom Bowl and Disneyland Pigskin Classic, she was on the selection committee for several NCAA events and traveled as a bowl scout.  She was quite familiar with the CU program as she was present when CU played Brigham Young in the 1988 Freedom Bowl and then Tennessee in the 1990 Pigskin game (which kicked off CU’s national championship season).

She began her career in sports working for the California Angels for four years (1978-82), where she was an assistant director in the public relations office.  She was on the staff when the Angels won their first American League West Division title in 1979.  Following her time in major league baseball, she worked five years as a senior park ranger for Orange County (1982-87).

A 1977 graduate of Cal-State University Fullerton, she earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  She also earned her master's degree in environmental studies from CSUF, and received an executive certificate from the Sports Management Institute (from North Carolina and Southern Cal) in 1991.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., she graduated from El Modena High School in Orange, Calif.  Her hobbies include hiking, yoga, golf and traveling (most recently including Alaska, the Galapagos, Iceland and the Arctic Circle).  She is active with the Rocky Mountain Puppy Rescue and the Boulder Valley Humane Society and their fundraising projects.  She is married to Chris Kingdon and lives in Boulder with their dogs (always adopting rescues).

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