read more Dan Lewis joined the team as executive director in July 2015. As a former chair of the Leadership Foundation’s board of directors and an alumnus of several Leadership Foundation programs, Dan is passionate about the work of this organization and is committed to inspiring a diverse community of leadership to improve Colorado.
click here Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation team, Dan served as Chief Communications Officer for Molson Coors, where he was responsible for corporate reputation, communications, corporate responsibility and employee engagement for the company’s 15,000 people worldwide. He also led corporate communications for Delta Air Lines and global public relations for Lufthansa German Airlines prior to his arrival in Denver in 2006.
Fluent in German, Dan holds a Master of Communication degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. Among his civic leadership commitments, Dan currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mile High United Way and was previously a board member with the Downtown Denver Partnership.
Our Staff — Operations
Denise King is program director for our flagship program, Leadership Denver, as well as the Colorado Civic DNA Fellows program. She also works with the program directors and students involved with the Colorado Leadership Alliance. If you have been in one of Denise’s classes you have probably learned her version of Roshambo (rock, paper, scissors) and know that the chimes will ring on time! A master’s degree in education kicked off a career in management and leadership development, including working at American Management Association’s Operation Enterprise, where learning to water ski and wrapping a toga were required parts of the curriculum. She likes this leadership stuff so much that she serves on the national board for the Association of Leadership Professionals as well as the Governor’s Commission on Community Service (Serve Colorado).
Program Director and Executive Director for B:CIVIC
Kirsten oversees the Leadership Exchange, Colorado Experience and Access Denver programs as well as the Foundation’s Civic DNA initiative.
Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation, Kirsten served as the director of education and member programs for Housing Colorado, an education and advocacy organization advancing safe, decent and affordable housing for all Coloradans. She began her nonprofit career at the Colorado Chautauqua Association in Boulder, Colorado managing membership services and donor development initiatives for the historic cultural institution.
She currently serves on the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO), B:Civic and Dance2BFree boards of directors and as chair of the Colorado Civic Health Network. Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). If you know her, you know that she also leads a double life as a propagator of transcendental musical inclusion. That’s all we’ll say about that…
Elizabeth is the alumni engagement manager at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. In this role, she focuses on creating ways for the wide variety of alumni to stay connected to each other and the Foundation. It’s understood that every alumni needs a different form of engagement so Elizabeth has formed the Alumni Advisory Council to help form social and educational experiences as options to stay connected. Her time is also spent keeping a watchful eye on The Network powered by Southwest, an online portal (Facebook meets LinkedIn) she helped to create for Leadership Foundation alumni.
Her professional background ranges from the National MS Society to The Denver Post where she’s spent 10+ years focused on community & corporate relations, event management and corporate responsibility. Elizabeth’s strengths will be easily identifiable as an influencer and relationship builder when you meet her. Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of the amazing Leadership Foundation team and looks forward to welcoming new alumni to the network each year.
VJ is a program manager for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and oversees Impact Denver and works closely with the Colorado Leadership Alliance. In addition, VJ supports the Leadership Foundation’s initiatives around Inclusivity and Diversity. A proud Daniels Fund scholar alum, he received a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. Throughout his professional career, VJ has engaged with leadership programming at different levels, most recently as a fellow with El Pomar Foundation. In addition, he serves as a board member for the Civic Canopy, a member of the Colorado Academy Alumni Board, and alumni of the Chinook Fund’s Giving Project. He’s an avid foodie, hiker and all about the local sports teams. As a native, he believes wholeheartedly in cultivating a healthy civic community to make Denver the best place to live.
Senior Programs and Advancement Specialist
Megan is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver where she found her interest in leadership (and her husband) through the Urban Leadership Program. She enjoys daily walks to Starbucks for a white chocolate mocha to collect stars on the Starbucks app. Yay free drinks! One thing on her bucket list is to swim with her spirit animal, the great white shark, in South Africa. She loves all things tropical and loves traveling to coastal cities.
Megan lives in Arvada with her husband and golden retriever puppy, Oakley.
B:CIVIC Membership Specialist
Jess serves as the membership specialist for B:CIVIC, a partner of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation focused on advancing corporate social responsibility for the betterment of all communities and businesses. Jess has always been an advocate for social and environmental responsibility within companies and is excited to continue this passion with the Leadership Foundation. So it’s no surprise you can find her outside on weekends (and weekdays after work) hiking, camping, snowboarding or just enjoying the sunshine.
Eric serves as a Programs Specialist for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. A Wisconsin native, Eric graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2016 with a degree in Spanish and Communications. While in college, he traveled to over twenty countries hitchhiking across Europe and South America. He lived abroad in Cordoba, Argentina for eight months where he learned to speak fluent Spanish. Once he arrived in Denver, he put all his experiences to the test by working for the ‘idea spreading’ organization of TEDxMileHigh. In 2019, with a passion for conversation and leadership, he transitioned to the Leadership Foundation where he continues to leverage his skills and experiences in order to build the best communities of leaders possible.
Diana has only lived in Denver for a short while, but in that time, she has engaged with communities across Colorado. Her passions are in community organizing, social change and advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. She has been a part of and continues to be involved in Chinook Fund’s The Giving Project, Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast planning committee, the Experience Board for TEDx Mile High and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s Young Latino Philanthropists Initiative. During Diana’s free time, she enjoys reading a good book, traveling and being in the company of family and close friends.