I believe that philanthropy can make a difference – not only a throw “one starfish back in the ocean” difference, but also a change the tide difference. (More about the Starfish story)
Today in philanthropy, more and more organizations are looking broadly at the range of tools available to foundations and individuals. There is momentum around capitalizing organizations differently and developing impact investing along side the continuing role for grantmaking. Social enterprise is on the rise and so is bringing a more entrepreneurial orientation to philanthropy and social change.
As a philanthropic advisor, I use my experience, skills, and passion to support philanthropists and organizations working in new and traditional ways.
IMore than 15 years of leadership in foundation strategy, philanthropic investments, and capacity-building. Significant experience in program strategy and development, grantmaking portfolio creation and evaluation, multi-partner project development and facilitation, staff supervision and coaching, organizational analysis and development, and public policy advocacy.
My undergraduate in degree in journalism taught me to ask discerning questions, listen closely for the answers, spoken and unspoken, and to synthesize a lot of information to find the meaning and importance. It helped me develop the ability to see the big picture and overall systems at work and to understand the steps along the way that are needed for success.
I went on to get a Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree from Regis University, where I currently serve as Affiliate Faculty working to build the next cohort of leaders in the community by teaching organizational development, leadership and governance classes.
Previous positions include Vice President of Community Initiatives and Investments at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado where I led all of the foundation’s programs, including grantmaking, research, a leadership program, public policy and statewide engagement efforts. Prior to that position, I was Senior Program Officer for the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation. In that role, I supported a family and its legacy of philanthropy, developing initiatives, providing proposal analysis and funding recommendations and developing the foundation’s infrastructure. I started my career in philanthropy at The Denver Post as Community Relations Manager, managing the Season To Share holiday giving and grantmaking campaign as well as developing an employee volunteer program, educational curriculum on kids and philanthropy and establishing grantmaking programs in specific focus areas important to the newspaper’s community involvement.
COLORADO IMPACT DAY
Member of the Steering Committee for the Colorado Impact Initiative and Colorado Impact Day, a project of the Impact Finance Center.
COLORADO NONPROFIT LOAN FUND
Board member for a fund that provides cash flow loans for Nonprofits in Colorado.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN MICRO FINANCE INSTITUTE
Member of the Leadership Advisory Board for this organization that supports entrepreneurs and business creation in Denver.
Board Vice Chair for this social enterprise supporting frontline workers
When not working, I love to travel. World travel has given me a wonderful set of experiences and a great chance to learn. However, I am always happy to return to Colorado and to call it home. (See some of our travel photographs here)