Laura Solano was born and raised in Pueblo. Solano is one of five sisters who all attained a college degree. Solano attended the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU Pueblo) and acquired a BA in accounting. While in pursuit of a college degree, Solano was selected to work with the Internal Revenue Service in Colorado Springs via a co-op education program. The IRS hired Solano full-time after she graduated. Solano held various positions ranging from revenue agent in auditing and field revenue agent through 1996. Solano also acquired a master’s degree in 1992. Solano worked with the Colorado State Fair as controller (farming operations and farming audits) through 2000. Solano also taught tax law in the early ‘90s at Pueblo Community College. In 2000, Solano became part of the full-time faculty at Pueblo Community College later becoming dean of business and vice president of the college through 2011. Solano also worked with the McClelland Children’s Foundation, a private school, until her recent position with the Colorado State Lottery. Solano serves on various boards including St. Mary-Corwin Hospital and El Pueblo Adolescent Center. Solano enjoys golfing and swimming.
ABOUT THE COLORADO LOTTERY
Headquartered in Pueblo, the Colorado State Lottery was established in 1983. Revenue from this agency has funded various Colorado entities such as Colorado Parks & Recreation. In addition to Pueblo, there are satellite offices in Denver and Fort Collins totaling 25 employees.
HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Solano did well in school. She served as president of the Future Business Leaders of America and played the clarinet. Solano recalls incredible mentors and teachers who helped shape her future.
MESSAGE TO YOUTH
“Get engaged in learning in your area of interest. Find mentors, take a risk, grow, meet your educational goals and life-long passion. Stay in school.”
I owe my work ethic and belief in myself to my parents. To their credit; I truly did grow up practicing the golden rule in all facets of my life. Developing good character and strength is a journey, not a destination. My faith, family, and friendships are the core of my life. I am so fortunate to have had incredible mentors in my personal, education, and professional life. I rely on their advice and value their opinion. I encourage all students to dream big, set goals, work hard, be true to yourself, and be happy!