Denise received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Policy from CU-Boulder and has been working in the non-profit world since 1999.
As Manager of the Community Initiatives Investments for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, she managed annual grant making, provided strategic support to donor-advised funds and special interest granting entities and managed the Girl's Leadership Council, an operating program of the Foundation. In this role she developed and fostered relationships with groups working to affect the economic self-sufficiency of women, high drop-out prevention for girls, and S.T.E.M. strategies for girls. At Rose Community Foundation Denise served as the grants manager for the Foundation's five granting program areas and supported special grant initiatives and projects. She also served as development director at La Clinica Tepeyac, a health care center serving the uninsured.
In her private consulting business, she has provided strategic program and development services to clients such as The Denver Foundation, serving as its Consulting Program Officer for Community Leadership at The Denver Foundation, Montbello High School Youth Leadership Institute and Girls Inc. She is an alumna of the Circle of Latina Leadership program, University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs, Denver Community Leadership Forum, Denver Metro Chamber Impact Denver and Leadership Jeffco.
Her non-profit work includes serving as a past board member for The Young Fund, Children’s Hospital Denver, Orbis Institute, Institute for Mestiza Leadership, Community Resource Center, Founding Member and Chair, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Denver, President, Colorado Youth Leadership (HOBY) and YouthBiz. She volunteered for the Colorado Nonprofit Association Program Committee, Colorado Funders for Inclusiveness and Equity, Colorado Collaborative Award Committee and the 2013 Rural Philanthropy Days program committee.
She is a current member of the Jeffco Business Education Alliance board, Jefferson Success Pathway Leadership Council, Treasurer, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, founding member of The Denver Foundation's Latinas Give Circle and Education Committee member at Family Star Montessori School. She currently served as Treasurer of the Colorado School Foundations Association.
Denise started at the Foundation in June 2014 and was hired as full time Executive Director in August 2014.
Executive and Financial Assistant
Mary earned her degree in business administration at Regis University. She has developed her management skills and financial expertise over the past 25 years in a variety of non-profit agencies. She was executive director of Arapahoe Medical Foundation and Society and served as vice president of operations for United Healthcare. As associate director and vice president of finance for Warren Village, Inc., a program that gives families a chance at economic independence, Mary helped Warren Village establish an operating reserve to help insure future financial stability. Mary helped implement the first HealthCare Co-operative in Colorado in her capacity as vice president of finance at JustCare Inc.
However, Mary's passion has always been to work with youth. She spent 12 years as a para-educator in Jeffco Public Schools at Elk Creek, Dutch Creek and West Jefferson Elementary Schools. She joined the staff of Jeffco Schools Foundation in August 2014.