Meet Our Team
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.
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 is Program Director for the Leadership Foundation where she oversees issues-based leadership development programs for business and civic leaders and partnership initiatives. She is also the Executive Director for B:CIVIC, a partner of the Leadership Foundation. B:CIVIC is dedicated to advancing the positive impact of business to benefit all Colorado communities. This partnership, established in 2018, allows us to grow our shared impact by advancing the culture of giving and volunteerism at organizations across the state.
Prior to re-joining the Leadership Foundation in 2012, 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 managing membership services and donor development initiatives for the historic cultural institution.
Kirsten is a graduate of Ohio University (B.A. in English and Theater) and Northpark University (Master of Nonprofit Administration). Her community service has included board roles with CLLARO (Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization), B:CIVIC, Dance To Be Free, the Colorado Civic Health Network, Human Services Network of Colorado, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, National Philanthropy Day in Colorado steering committee, and as a Mile High United Way literacy partner. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Scott, where they lead an award-winning performance troupe that travels internationally promoting Denver’s reputation as a cultural hub.
Elizabeth is the manager of advancement and alumni engagement at the Leadership Foundation. In this role she focuses on diversifying revenue streams and finding ways to provide value and connection to the growing list of 5,000+ alumni.
Her professional background includes work with the National MS Society and The Denver Post where she’s spent 10+ years focused on community & corporate relations, event management and corporate responsibility. Elizabeth’s experience and passion for building relationships has allowed her to ease right in to the work at the Leadership Foundation.
When not working, Elizabeth is spending time with her husband Zach, daughter Lily and son (coming Fall 2019)! She is a proud “built in Broncos fan” with orange hair and blue eyes. As a Denver native, her love for all things CO runs deeps; cycling, camping, golf, she’s new to fly fishing and she enjoys all the other CO activities natives like. Her passion for our community is as strong as her love for the Broncos as she’s demonstrated through her board experience and volunteering.
Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of the Leadership Foundation team and the visionary work happening each day!