The MURP Alumni Association’s mission is to further the enduring educational interests, social diversity, professional development, and charitable support of CU Denver MURP students, alumni, and the communities they serve. MURPAA will encourage participation in the affairs of the College of Architecture and Planning, the University of Colorado Denver, the greater Denver Metropolitan Area, and the Intermountain West.


Our members are involved in many aspects of regional and local planning, including transportation, housing, and sustainability. They are employees of private planning firms, public planning agencies, and non-profit organizations. All of them have dedicated themselves to furthering the success of alumni and students through this alumni association, and the powerful connections individuals and organizations can provide through mentorship, professional support, and scholarship funding.

Membership is open to any University of Colorado (CU) Denver MURP graduate interested in supporting the mission of the Association. The Board of Directors may approve a special membership for non-graduates.


Our Bylaws lay out our mission, requirements for membership, governance structure, duties and responsibilities of board members, and other rules and policies for the organization. You can read our Bylaws here

Leadership, 2020-2021

Meet our current board. Board members represent a diverse skill set and expertise in the planning field. From housing to transportation, working for local government or private planning firms, and everything in between. Board members are responsible for furthering MURPAA’s mission by creating spaces for student and alumni interaction and fostering powerful connections through mentorship, professional support, and scholarship funding.

Ryan Mulligan

Ryan Mulligan '09


A lifelong Coloradan and 2009 MURP grad, Ryan is the Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Lead at Parsons, focusing on project management and helping deliver safe multimodal transportation infrastructure across the City. He has developed a well-rounded perspective through 15 years of experience around the unique transportation demands presented by one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. 

Ryan has worked with the City and County of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and RTD to deliver transportation infrastructure projects across the City, the region, and state. From multi-billion transit investments in metro Denver to freight diversion studies on Colorado’s eastern plains to corridor studies identifying multimodal infrastructure needed to promote safety and modal shift, Ryan has worked across the planning spectrum to deliver projects of all sizes and complexities. 

He worked on the Regional Transportation District (RTD)’s FasTracks project for nearly 12 years. FasTracks is one of the nation’s largest transit infrastructure programs to date, totaling more than $6 billion. He filled numerous roles including transit-oriented development (TOD) support, grant writing, tours, risk and contingency management, and acting as the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) liaison for the EAGLE Public-Private Partnership (P3) commuter rail project.

He also served a co-lead of Denver’s United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge application, which worked to build a comprehensive, inclusive, and equitable smart city program from the ground up. Built upon an innovative data management system, the program integrated mobility-on-demand and electric vehicle programs with connected and automated vehicle (CAV) deployments across the City to help with mobility issues while simultaneously delivering tangible benefits to residents and visitors alike.