Community Foundation and Boulder Chamber Announce 2022-23 Leadership Fellows
Boulder County (September 20, 2022) – The 2022-2023 class of Leadership Fellows Boulder County – a joint initiative of Community Foundation Boulder County and the Boulder Chamber – is underway, engaging 20 participants from across sectors in robust dialogue on Boulder County’s economic, civic, and cultural drivers.
“Leadership Fellows embodies our equity vision by anticipating and responding to increasing cultural diversity in our community,” says Tatiana Hernandez, CEO of the Community Foundation. “Local demographics are shifting, and the Leadership Fellows program reflects that.”
Indeed, the 11-month program strives to change the face of Boulder County leadership to be more reflective of its population by acquainting new and emerging leaders with critical issues facing residents along with the recognized leaders involved in solutions. Topics will include inclusive and transformational leadership, immigration, education, health, criminal justice, local government, the arts, and more. With an eye toward the crisis many are facing due to the pandemic, the sessions, held virtually, will also be presented through the lens of economic recovery, leading in a crisis, and health equity.
Adds John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber: “Leadership Fellows discussions explore a range of timely issues and provide each Fellows calls the opportunity to engage with Boulder County’s leaders, across sectors and industries. Through our partnership with the Community Foundation, Boulder County and other supporters, the Boulder Chamber is proud to help foster the next generation of our community’s emerging leadership.”
The current class of Fellows comprises a diversity of backgrounds, professional experiences, and
- Amanda Duffy, Boulder Chamber
- Karen Bigelow, Premier Members Credit Union
- Susan Boyle, Boulder Country Day School
- Sarah Reynolds, Boulder County Housing and Human Services
- Charlie Prohaska, Out Boulder County
- Jarrod Ferstl, Lifetime Income Solutions
- Kathryn Wiser, Longmont Meals on Wheels
- Julia Woods, Emergency Family Assistance Association
- Sharon Armijos, Intercambio
- Alex Rugoff, Element Properties
- Marissa Seuc-Hester, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
- Jennifer Hinderliter, Elevations Foundation
- Alison Brisnehan, Boulder County
- Bob Der, Foothills Equity LLC
- Lenora Cooper, Food Security Network of Boulder and Broomfield Counties
- Carla Colin, The Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Harriet Ingham, Holmes Solutions
- Sara Morris-Marano, TEENS, Inc.
- Alejandro Murillo, Boulder County
- Sorin Thomas, Queer Asterisk
Graduates of the program commit to taking on formal leadership roles within six months of completing the program. Indeed, since Leadership Fellows Boulder County launched in 2009, surveys have shown that 80% of Leadership Fellows have joined a nonprofit board, commission, or campaign; 55% have assumed a new or additional leadership role in our community; 90% reported a better understanding of what it means to be an inclusive leader; and nearly all Leadership Fellows reported a deeper perspective on critical issues, countywide.
Community Foundation Boulder County
For 29 years, Community Foundation Boulder County has been a community catalyst, responding to
immediate needs and anticipating future challenges. Through informed decision-making, we inspire
ideas, ignite action, and mobilize resources to improve the quality of life for all. Advancing inclusivity and providing leadership and on key issues, the foundation collaborates with community-minded individuals and organizations that want to make a difference, accomplishing more together than we do alone. Since its founding in 1991, the foundation has granted more than $100M to nonprofits focused on health and human services, education, civic engagement, arts and culture, and animals and the environment.
The nonprofit Boulder Chamber is the region’s flagship business advocacy and support organization. With more than 110 years’ dedicated service to our members and the Boulder community, the Boulder Chamber’s innovative programs help local businesses succeed while sustaining an economy that preserves Boulder’s high quality of life, including its environmental and cultural assets. Together with its member businesses, the Boulder Chamber is building a smarter, more vibrant economy – sustaining Boulder’s position as a global capital of innovation and a thriving center of economic vitality. boulderchamber.com