Bachelor in Psychology, University Colorado, 1981. Juris Doctor, University Colorado, 1989.
Associate Fairfield & Woods, Professional Corporation, Denver, 1989-1994, Clayton & Stone LLC, Boulder, 1994-1996. Director relations University Colorado School Law, 1998—2000. Member District 10 Colorado House of Representatives, Denver, 2000—2008, majority leader, 2005—2008.
Senior fellow Center for American Progress, Washington, 2008—2009. Wirth Chair in Sustainable & Community Development University Colorado School Public Affairs, since 2011.
Board of directors Boulder County (Colorado) Land Trust, 1991-1996, secretary, 1992, president, 1994. Board directors Shannon Estates Homeowners Association, Boulder, Colorado,1989-1992. Director alumni relations U. Colorado School of Law, since 1997.
Member American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association (court reform committee 1991), Boulder County Bar Association, Colorado Women's Bar Association.
Married Peter Gerard Madden, August 3, 1985. Children: Thomas Joseph, Jackson Joseph.