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 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 Senior 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.
Programs and Events Coordinator
Blake was born and raised in Northern Colorado and still currently resides there in Broomfield. She holds a degree in Event and Meeting Management and is a 2018 graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Blake discovered her passion for leadership and event planning while working in a variety of roles throughout her entire time at her university. She feels she has found a true home at the Leadership Foundation and wants to continue her life’s work serving others, providing access to resources, and engaging with her community. When Blake is not in the office, you can find her spending time with family and friends, attending an abundance of concerts, and binging true crime series and podcasts