06.08.20

Community Foundation announces new CEO

Community Foundation Boulder County has hired Tatiana Hernandez as its CEO, effective July 6, 2020. Tatiana will succeed Jeff Hirota, who is retiring on June 30 after three-and-a-half years with the foundation.

 
“The search committee has worked since January to identify someone who would passionately carry forward the foundation’s strategic plan and our vision and values,” said Sue Anderson, chair of the foundation’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of the search committee. “We unanimously selected Tatiana Hernandez who brings experience both in Boulder County and with national funders. She is committed to building strong communities, engaging everyone in philanthropy, and furthering equity in our community. Our board is looking forward to working with her in service to Boulder County.” 
 
Tatiana comes to the Community Foundation from her role as president of the Emily Griffith Foundation, where she is responsible for raising funds to support the students and programs of Emily Griffith Technical College. Previously, Tatiana served as a senior program officer at the Kresge Foundation. In Boulder, she served as arts director for the Hemera Foundation where – in partnership with the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and Colorado Creative Industries – she developed Arts in Society, Colorado’s largest private-public funding program for the arts. Tatiana began her philanthropic career at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where she led the Knight Arts Challenge, supporting artists and arts organizations in eight cities. She oversaw a portfolio of more than $100M in investments and distributed $10M annually.
 
Prior to philanthropy, Tatiana worked in the nonprofit sector on issues ranging from college access to climate change. Originally from Miami and a native Spanish speaker, Tatiana has served on a variety of boards, including Grantmakers in the Arts. Locally, she serves as the co-chair for the Community Arts, Culture, Transformation and Science (ACTS) Fund Committee and was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Denver Business Journal.
 
“I'm deeply honored by this opportunity to serve Boulder County's residents,” says Tatiana. “Thanks to Jeff's stellar leadership, this remarkable group of staff, board, donors, and partners are powerfully working to support our community's most vulnerable. Equity has been a core value of my career and I look forward to continuing to advance the foundation's mission for many years to come."
 
Adds Jeff, "The Community Foundation is extraordinarily fortunate to welcome Tatiana as its new CEO. I’m personally thrilled at this great news for the future of the foundation, and for all of Boulder County."
 
Indeed, our entire board and staff are pleased that Tatiana will serve as our next CEO: welcome!