Prior to founding Sewald Hanfling in 2012, RD Sewald was the Senior Strategic Advisor and Director of Government Affairs for Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper. Sewald served as one of the Governor’s primary relationship managers with respect to state and local elected officials, government agencies, community boards, business and community stakeholders, county commissioners, Mayor’s offices and city legislative affairs. He helped to insure that the Governor and the administration’s legislation and policy priorities received attention at the state and local level. RD was responsible for trouble shooting political issues on major legislative efforts.
Sewald has more than 20 years of experience in state and local government with an emphasis on public policy and political management. Prior to joining the Governor, Sewald was Director of Legislative Services and City Council Liaison for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In this role he monitored and evaluated legislative actions for the administration and was responsible for the administration's legislative team that included neighborhoods, boards and commissions and state and local legislative affairs.
Before his mayoral appointment, Sewald was the Director of Government and Community Affairs and Mayor Council Liaison for the Denver Auditor's Office, where he was appointed by Dennis Gallagher. He also was the Deputy Director of Denver's Planning Department, serving as director of Zoning Enforcement for the Webb Administration from 1998-2002. Sewald was promoted to the Planning Office after working as Director of Neighborhood Response Office from 1996 to 1998.
Sewald's political experience includes work on several campaigns, including Roy Romer for Colorado Governor in 1994, Wellington Webb for Denver Mayor in 1995 and Dennis Gallagher for Denver Auditor in 2003, Hickenlooper for Denver Mayor in 2007 and Hickenlooper for Colorado Governor in 2010.
RD Sewald was named as a 2012 Rising Star in the article “The 5280 Fifty -the 50 most Powerful People in Denver” December issue of 5280, The Denver Magazine.
Josh has been active in the Colorado political, business and non-profit communities for twenty years. Prior to co-founding Sewald Hanfling, Josh served as the founding CEO of an international foundation focused on health, education and culture. Prior to that, he was CEO of Qube Visual, a Denver based sign and Graphics Company, which he founded in 2001 and was sold in 2012. He stepped down as CEO to run for the Colorado State House in 2008.
Since moving to Denver from Washington D.C. in 1992, Hanfling has been active with a number of non-profits, political organizations and committees. Josh was involved at a high level with John Hickenlooper’s run for Mayor and Governor and Michael Hancock’s race for Mayor. He Chaired the Denver Justice Council & Friends of the Denver Fire Department and worked with The Denver Hospice, National Jewish Health, Concerts for Kids, The American Transplant Foundation and a number of other community organizations.
Josh founded his first business, a wood recycling company, while in college and has built or revitalized a number of companies since that time. He is the founder of www.setameeting.com and has been involved in many other companies in Colorado, Washington DC and London.
Named the Honorary Consul to Colorado for the Kingdom of Morocco and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Josh was named one of Denver’s 25th most powerful people by 5280 Magazine, elected to the 40 under 40 by the Denver Business Journal, named as one of Colorado’s “Hottest Politico’s” by Face the State, voted one of Denver’s ‘Movers & Shakers” by the Colorado Statesman and one of Colorado’s top philanthropists by Colorado Company Magazine.
Josh spent 2012 living and working in London to focus on the global work of the foundation while working with a private equity firm based there. He also set up the UK operations for Silver Bullet Water Treatment; a Colorado based commercial water Treatment Company that received the 2012 Best Venture award from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Josh grew up in Washington, DC and has a BS in management with a major in Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College.