University of Denver

Sam Walker

Former Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Sam Walker, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE), was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper with the mandate to drive the implementation of work-based learning and skills-based practices.

For 15 years before joining Gov. Hickenlooper’s cabinet, Sam was Chief Legal Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company, the world’s third-largest brewer, and the largest American-owned brewer. He served in numerous other roles, including Chief People Officer, and was instrumental in creating a global and highly-diverse company.

Before joining Molson Coors, Sam was a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, in Washington, D.C. Before that, he served in the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor. At the U.S. Department of Labor, he managed the 3,000 employee Employment Standards Administration, then the Department’s largest agency. Sam began his legal career as an associate with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.