Featured Alumni

Our 4,000 alumni have made their mark on the Denver metro area over the past four decades, from holding elected office to organizing neighborhood events. Get to know our alumni.

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Gov. Bill Ritter, Director – Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy

Leadership Denver ’93, Leadership Exchange

Gov. Ritter is the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Prior to being elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, Ritter served as Denver’s district attorney.

“Understanding the nature of a community trustee has proven to be one of the most valuable parts of my LD experience. Thinking about my work from a trustee perspective helps make sense of our responsibility and our accountability and the privilege it is to serve.”

Jennifer Chang, Regional Manager of Federal Civilian Scientific – Cisco Systems

Leadership Denver ’14 

With a passion for both technology and science, Jennifer joined the Cisco team in 2011 as a strategic account manager. She is the recipient of the 2010 Top 5 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado award, winner of the Denver Business Journal’s 2011 Top 40 under 40 distinction and 2013’s Top 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in Colorado.

“Leadership Denver does an amazing job of bringing together authentic leaders who desire to work together to solve problems and make our city better.  It is our people that make the vision of collaboration a reality.”

Jude del Hierro, Executive Director – Confluence Ministries

Leadership Denver ’14 

A Colorado native, Jude is the executive director of Confluence Ministries, serving the West Colfax community. He has over 25 years of nonprofit and ministry experience, and also serves as the founding associate pastor on an inner-city church where he leads outreach and music.

“I was able to glean from my classmates’ perspectives…and ideas and thoughts to make our city a better place to live. I was able to use the knowledge given to start conversations with my sphere of nonprofit leaders.”

Lucas Suazo, 2015 Student Leader of the Year – Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Lucas Suazo is a junior at Colorado State University. A student in the President’s Leadership Program, he is studying chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering. Lucas has organized a STEM education experience for La Familia. He also serves as a resource to educate students about sexual violence and assault prevention as a Greeks Against Sexual Assault representative. Additionally, Suazo is a founding member the Chronic Health Mentoring Program and counsels first-year undergraduate students in the management of a chronic condition while transitioning to college.

“My involvement in (CSU’s President’s Leadership Program) and the Colorado Leadership Alliance have revolutionized the way I look at leadership. Through my experience in (these organizations) I’ve realized that everyone has the potential to lead.”

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer, Executive Director of Executive Programs – University of Colorado

Access Denver ’14 

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer is the executive director of executive programs at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

Prior to coming to Colorado, Nicholas served as the director of recruitment and business development at the Center for Executive Education within the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh.

“I walked away [from Access Denver] with a sense of urgency. I plan to use what I learned to play a stronger role in the activities taking place around me and increase my community involvement.”

Jill Hamilton, Freelance Communicator and Project Director

Impact Denver ’12 

Busy communications and external affairs directors typically have a list of projects that must get done, but their team lacks the bandwidth or experience to execute. That’s where Jill Hamilton comes in.

“Like many professionals in this community, I’m not originally from Colorado. Impact Denver gave me insight into the region’s key issues. I use what I learned on a daily basis to help my clients consider the big picture. It also informs my service and leadership as a volunteer and board member for local nonprofits.”