NASW Colorado is pleased to introduce the team at Frontline Public Affairs as our contract lobbyists. We are even prouder to note that all the members of the team are MSWs.


Adeline Hodge - Lead Lobbyist for NASW

Adeline is the firm’s Senior Legislative Consultant, joined Frontline Public Affairs in 2015. Her experience includes policy analysis, research, government affairs strategy, lobbying, and political staffing. She is respected at the Capitol for her strong work ethic and ability to negotiate compromises on difficult issues. Some of Adeline’s successes include the passage of legislation in the following areas:
• Law enforcement and public safety
• Eviction legal defense and other tenant/landlord policy
• Suicide prevention
• Increasing access to effective substance use and mental health services
• Wage garnishment
• Manufactured housing
• Workers’ compensation and mental health
Prior to working in government affairs, Adeline spent over five years providing mental health services. She worked directly with children and families in inpatient psychiatry, residential treatment, and the Denver Public School system. This direct care experience continues to inform her lobbying work. Adeline also served as legislative staff for a Colorado State Representative. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver.



Jennifer Miles

Jennifer established the lobbying and government relations firm of Miles Consulting, Inc. in 2003 and continues to serve as the Senior Partner. The firm began using the trade name of Frontline Public Affairs in 2016. Under her leadership, Frontline Public Affairs has grown in size and reputation. Jennifer is an accomplished lobbyist with 25 years of experience, with an emphasis on health and human services policy issues. She is widely recognized as a budget expert in these policy areas. Her successes include passing legislation and budget items related to:
• Tobacco tax, Tobacco settlement and Marijuana Tax Cash Fund
• Medicaid and CHP+ benefits, eligibility, enrollment, and reimbursement
• Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act (indoor smoke free law)
• Safety net health care provider reimbursement, funding, and operations
• Health care workforce issues, including training and loan forgiveness programs
• Health and mental health professional practice acts
• Health insurance benefits and costs
• Oral health, public health, environmental health, and maternal and child health
• Funding and capacity assessment for substance use disorder (SUD) services
• Affordable housing financing
• Early childhood education and child care improvements
• Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Law
Jennifer is also known for her ability to explain complex issues and the legislative process, making her a popular speaker. Prior to establishing the firm, she served for 9 years as Director of Public Policy for the Colorado Community Health Network, the state association for Community Health Centers. She also served as a Policy Analyst for the National Conference of State Legislatures. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Political Science from Tulane University.


Diana Protopapa

Partner of Frontline Public Affairs, has worked in the legislative and regulatory arena since 2000 as an accomplished lobbyist and political strategist. She is well known for her ability to get complex legislation over the finish line based on her strong relationships with elected officials and collaborative approach with key stakeholders. Diana’s successes include passing legislation or budget items related to:
• Physician assistant scope of practice to achieve greater responsibility and autonomy in clinical practice settings
• Securing $3M in state general funds for a school nurse grant program
• Increasing pharmaceutical efficiencies in ambulatory surgery centers
• Reforms in the mental health system
• Health insurance reforms for physician practices
• Practice Acts for health professionals
• Transferring medical services data to Health Information Exchanges
• Increasing access to vaccines
• Workers’ compensation and professional liability insurance
Prior to joining Frontline Public Affairs, Diana worked at the Colorado Medical Society for 10 years, serving as Director of Political Affairs and Education. As head of the Colorado Medical Political Action Committee, she led fundraising and political outreach campaigns. Early in her career, she also held policy and lobbying positions with several not for profit organizations. Diana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Denver.


Katie Pachan Jacobson

Katie joined Frontline Public Affairs in October 2019 as a Government Affairs Associate. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of health, policy and advocacy, and supervision and leadership. She spent fourteen years working at the Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN), the state association for Community Health Centers. From 2012 – 2018 Katie was CCHN’s Policy Director developing and overseeing implementation of their policy agenda, providing leadership and supervision to policy staff, serving on the leadership team, and having a high level of accountability to the board and as a public representative for the organization. Frontline is utilizing Katie’s expertise in:
• Policy analysis, research, and strategy
• Executive and state agency relations
• Monitoring and influencing rules and regulations
• Advocacy training and engagement
• Client communications and relations
Katie currently teaches at Metropolitan State University’s Department of Social Work as an Affiliate Faculty. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University and an MSW from the University of Denver.