Leadership Fellows


Now in its sixth year, Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint leadership development and networking program of The Community Foundation and the Boulder Chamber – is accepting applications for its 2016-17 class, due at noon on May 13, 2016. Approximately 30 emerging leaders are selected for the 11-month program every year.

“The program is a pipeline for business, nonprofit and government leaders,” says Josie Heath, President, The Community Foundation. “It represents our long-standing commitment to leadership development right here at home, and the strengths and experience of the Boulder Chamber.” Indeed, the program combines the strengths of the organizations’ previous endeavors in this area: the Chamber’s Leadership Boulder County, which ran for 25 years; and The Community Foundation’s Leadership Fellows program, which ran four years before merging with the Chamber.

According to the Community Foundation’s TRENDS report, Latinos are the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in Boulder County – but our programs, networks and institutions are slow to catch up. We spoke to two community leaders about the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly growing Latino population.

On Feb. 25, Leadership Fellows, donors, trustees, staff and other friends of The Community Foundation spent an informative day touring the State Capitol and the new (since 2012) headquarters of Colorado's court system. We invite you to browse our Facebook photo essay of the day! 

Our group of 40 or so engaged participants began the day at the Neoclassical, golden-domed Colorado State Capitol, one of the prominent features in Denver's skyline. There, participants enjoyed Q&As with Sen. Rollie Health, Rep. Mike Foote and Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.  

Another highlight of the day was meeting Justice Monica Márquez, the first Latina and first openly gay person to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court...and its youngest member.


Manuela Stewart Sifuentes is a woman on the go. She’s Executive Director of the Latino Task Force of Boulder County and at the helm of the countywide One Action 2016: Arts + Immigration Project, working to promote open conversations about immigration issues through the arts.