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Gail Pederson
Position: Football Chief of Staff/Associate AD Capital Projects
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 with the University of Colorado and in her first year as Football Chief of Staff/Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects having been assigned the position in September 2013.  Originally joining the CU staff on August 1, 1994, she served as the Assistant Director of Marketing/Promotions (1994-96), Director of Marketing (1996-2004), and Athletic Department Chief of Staff (2005-2013).

Pederson, a member of the CU Senior Staff, serves as the Chief of Staff to the Head Football Coach, working closely with internal and external constituencies to prioritize projects and commitments.  As the Associate Athletic Director for Capital Projects she oversees all capital construction projects within the department. 

Additionally she manages the Ralphie Live Mascot Program (CU’s live buffalo mascot) having taken on those duties from 1998-2004 and then again in 2005 to present.

Due to a family illness she left CU from 2004-05, during which time she lived in California and held the role of 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

She came to CU from the Orange County Sports Association, where she had worked seven years (1987-94) as the Associate Executive Director. 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 Tennessee in the 1990 Pigskin Classic game.

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

Pederson is a graduate of Cal-State University Fullerton, earning 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).

Born in Milwaukee, Wis., she graduated from El Modena High School in Orange, Calif.  She is active with the Boulder Valley Humane Society, enjoys hiking, yoga and golf.  She resides in Boulder with her husband Chris Kingdon and their dogs.   

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