Community Foundation and Boulder Chamber Announce 2018-19 Leadership Fellows

The 2018-2019 class of Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint initiative of Community Foundation Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber – is underway, engaging 41 participants from across sectors in robust dialogue on Boulder County’s economic, civic, and cultural drivers.

“The Leadership Fellows program is one of the primary ways in which we embody our vision of equity in our community,” says Jeff Hirota, CEO of the Community Foundation. “We offer emerging leaders a deep appreciation for the social, environmental, and economic interests of Boulder County.”
Specifically, the Community Foundation and Boulder Chamber bring together leaders and experts across sectors to build networks and advance inclusivity countywide. The 11-month curriculum, which kicked off on Sept. 18, includes topics such as business and the local economy, collaboration, critical human needs, education funding and systems, Government 101 and roundtable discussions on a range of timely issues – from affordable housing to immigration,criminal justice and the arts. Each session integrates a lens of inclusive and transformational leadership.
“Leadership Fellows reflects the Boulder Chamber’s dedication to building a stronger community through a balance of diverse perspectives and transformational leaders,” says John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber. “We are proud of our partnership with the Community Foundation in this leadership development endeavor, and we’re very excited to welcome this group of outstanding individuals to the 2019 class of Leadership Fellows.”
Graduates of the program commit to taking on local leadership roles within six months of completing the program. Indeed, since Leadership Fellows Boulder County launched in 2009, respondents to a recent survey showed that 81% of Fellows have joined a nonprofit board; 26% have joined a government board or commission; 13% have worked on a local campaign for a candidate or issue; and 32% of participants have been offered a career promotion within a year of graduation.
The current class of Fellows comprises a diversity of backgrounds, professional experiences, and affiliations:
  • Don Archibald, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Scott Beard, Scott Beard Law, LLC
  • Bryan Beary, City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
  • Sydney Bergen, Realities for Children Boulder County
  • Rachel Bigby, CU Boulder, Masters of the Environment Graduate Program
  • Elizabeth Borrego, Community Justice Services
  • Kelly Brown, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
  • Kyle Brown, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Elena Ciaravino, Imagine!
  • Chris DeLong, Bridgerock Capital
  • Katie DePoy, Voices for Children CASA
  • Jennifer Diaz-Leon, City of Longmont
  • Tyler Ekx, Boulder Chamber
  • M Essa, Chef Ann Foundation
  • Sara Fardi, Instructor
  • Brian Frey, MAPRagency
  • Kaylin Gray, Research psychologist, grantmaker, impact investor
  • Merix Gustin, Plan Ahead Events Boulder
  • Sam Hall, Boulder Journey School
  • Pablo Hester, Clinica Family Health Services
  • Bhola Katuwal, First Bank
  • Magnolia Landa Posas, Just Transition Collaborative
  • Christina Lui, Community Volunteer
  • Michael McHale, TRU Community Care
  • Sepideh Miller, ESL Tutor
  • Marissa Miller, Downtown Boulder Partnership
  • Kim Mitchell, Town of Lyons
  • Kevin Murray, RE/MAX Alliance
  • Lauren Nygren, Premier Mortgage Group
  • Brittany Parsons, Association for Community Living
  • Shawn Rae Passalacqua, SRP Consulting Services
  • KrishnaPattisapu, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Regina Reyes-Zaragoza, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
  • Irma Robles Cortes, Community Member
  • Angel Sanchez, Front Range Community College
  • Micah Shagoury, KBI Biopharma
  • Nami Thompson, Self-employed writer, developer, and facilitator
  • Erik Thomson, Zayo Group
  • Sarah van der Hoop, Exxel Outdoors
  • John Henry Vansant, Caraveo for Colorado
  • Mindi Weik, Kalinski Team