January 14, 2022

Evelyn Lim Named Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow

Denver, CO – “We are pleased to announce Evelyn Lim as CSI’s Mike A. Leprino Free Enterprise Fellow,” said Common Sense Institute (CSI) President & CEO Kristin Strohm.

Established by CSI board member, Laura Leprino and her son Matthew, in honor of the late Mike A. Leprino, the fellowship focuses on issues reflected in the values and accomplishments of this former pillar of the community. The son of Italian immigrants, Mike A. Leprino was a banker, developer and community servant. No greater defender of free enterprise and the American dream, he is someone who built an enviable legacy from humble beginnings.

Lim is no stranger to CSI. As a 2021 Terry J. Stevinson Fellow, she co-authored a landmark study on affordable housing that provided a blueprint for policy makers to address the issue.

“We are once again looking forward to counting Evelyn as a member of the CSI team and anticipate addressing some of the biggest public policy challenges facing our state,” continued Strohm. “Her thoughtful analysis never fails to spark innovative solutions.”

Evelyn Lim is the Director of Policy and Research at the American Cornerstone Institute.  She is the former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Regional Administrator for Region 8 which covers Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. As the senior HUD official in the region, Lim worked with elected officials, stakeholders, and partners to address the affordable housing and economic development needs for families, veterans, and other vulnerable populations in the region. She was also a senior advisor to the Secretary of HUD and coordinated HUD’s coronavirus pandemic response and relief efforts. Prior to her appointment at HUD, Lim served as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  After 9/11, she served in the newly created DHS and in the George W. Bush White House as the Director of Transportation Security Policy. She is admitted to the practice of law in Florida and Illinois and has clerked for Federal District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer and the Illinois Attorney General where she focused on predatory lending practices by home mortgage lenders.


Common Sense Institute is a non-partisan research organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of Colorado’s economy. CSI is at the forefront of important discussions concerning the future of free enterprise in Colorado and aims to have an impact on the issues that matter most to Coloradans. CSI’s mission is to examine the fiscal impacts of policies, initiatives, and proposed laws so that Coloradans are educated and informed on issues impacting their lives.