Chief Communications Officer & PIO

Brandi Wildfang Simmons is a creative and energetic leader with over 15 years of experience producing impactful internal and external marketing communications strategies that elevate brands and eloquently inform stakeholders. She passionately practices the art and science of marketing communications, and is equipped with a broad spectrum of experience from both the public and private sectors. Brandi is truly honored to serve the state of Colorado.

As Chief Communications Officer & Public Information Officer (PIO), Brandi oversees the accurate and effective delivery of OIT communication to its employees, agency customers, state leaders, the Governor’s Office, and Coloradans. An OIT brand champion, she is the first point of contact for all media inquiries, is OIT's chief storyteller, and leads all crisis communications efforts.  

Brandi joined OIT in March 2014 and has served in multiple capacities. She developed OIT's first ever brand strategy that highlighted the organization's value to its stakeholders and boosted employee engagement. Fun fact: OIT’s “Serving people serving Colorado” tagline came directly from Brandi. She later moved into communications management positions supporting the Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) and Program Eligibility & Application Kit (PEAK). Brandi had a hand in CBMS crisis communication efforts and was instrumental in improving PEAK readability and usability. She also spearheaded the state’s PEAK customer usability study in 2017, and worked with the Lt. Governor’s Office and partner agencies to identify enhancements that dramatically improved the PEAK customer experience.

Prior to joining the public sector, Brandi was Director of Brand Marketing at Regis University where she helped build a centralized marketing department from the ground up while simultaneously leading the school's inaugural university-wide brand study. While at Regis, Brandi oversaw the university's in-house marketing team and directed the strategy and rollout of highly successful brand campaigns in the Denver metro area, resulting in exponential social media growth and advertising awareness rates that exceeded top Colorado research institutions. 

Brandi had the pleasure of working in other marketing communication roles at Regis University, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Gonzaga University. During her tenure at Gonzaga, she single-handedly redesigned the undergraduate admissions website, leading to its ranking of #7 out of more than 3,000 postsecondary institutions according to the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA) Enrollment Power Index® (EPI) in 2007.

Brandi holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration with a marketing concentration from Gonzaga University. Go Zags! She grew up in Western Washington, studied abroad for a year in Florence, Italy, and migrated to the sunny beaches of San Diego before moving to Colorado in 2008. Brandi will always call the Pacific Northwest home, but she loves everything that Colorado has to offer! Brandi is a sports nut, enjoys traveling and spends any moment she can with her husband Andy and kiddos Jackson and Sadie.