Gaspar Perricone, Principal
Gaspar has extensive public affairs and government relations experience, with expertise in policy development and analysis, political strategy, strategic planning, and lobbying. Gaspar’s work in state and federal government, the private sector, and the non-profit community has given him a wide array of skills and experience to assist his clients from project initiation to completion.
Prior to joining Freestone Strategies, Gaspar served as the Legislative Program Director for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. In this role, he oversaw legislative programs for the Department on issues relating to oil and gas development, mining and reclamation, state parks and wildlife, forestry, water, and state land board lands. He was responsible for developing agency legislative agendas and directly lobbying members of the Colorado General Assembly.
Gaspar founded Bull Moose Sportsmen’s Alliance (BMSA), a national non-profit hunting and angling advocacy organization, in 2010 and served as CEO and President until 2014. BMSA enjoyed nationwide membership and promoted state and federal policies benefiting sportsmen opportunities, agriculture conservation programs, public land access and wildlife habitat enhancement. BMSA was among the few national sportsmen conservation organizations which engaged in political advocacy and electoral activity.
Gaspar also served as Political Director for Mark Udall’s 2008 bid for U.S. Senate. He continued his service for Senator Udall as his Western Colorado Director where he focused on natural resource and agriculture policy, as well as issues pertinent to western Colorado. Throughout Senator Udall's term, Gaspar helped advance Farm Bill conservation programs, energy policies, federal land management plans, and other programs benefiting outdoor recreation and western economies.
In 2010, Governor Hickenlooper appointed Gaspar to serve on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission. As a CPW Commissioner, he worked to ensure the unique outdoors opportunities we enjoy today will remain for future generations. His leadership at CPW resulted in his fellow commissioners electing him to serve as the Parks and Wildlife Commission representative to the Great Outdoors Colorado Board.
Gaspar is a fourth-generation Coloradan who lives in rural northern Colorado with his wife, Cassidy.