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Applications for the 2020-2021 class of Leadership Fellows Boulder County are now closed. Please check back next summer for the next round of applications!

This will be the 12th Fellows cohort, and the 8th year of a merged program combining the strengths of the Community Foundation's and Boulder Chamber’s long-standing commitments and experience in local leadership and building an inclusive community.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County will begin in October of 2020 with monthly half-day sessions. In accordance with best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and out of concern for the health of our Fellows and community leaders, all sessions will take place virtually until further notice. Each session will feature facilitated conversations with current leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit and cultural sectors.

2019-2020 class of leadership fellows

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Class of Leadership Fellows!
Learn more about the 11th Fellows cohort here

“Leadership Fellows reflects the Boulder Chamber’s dedication to building a stronger community through a balance of diverse perspectives and transformational leaders," says John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber. "We are proud of our partnership with the Community Foundation in this leadership development endeavor, and we’re very excited to welcome this group of outstanding individuals to the 2019 class of Leadership Fellows.”

  • Nadia Ali, Clinica Family Health
  • Ana Arias, Coal Creek Meals on Wheels
  • Brandon Badillo, The Riverside
  • Erica Blake, Colorado Capital Management
  • Magdalena Boone, The Federal Savings Bank
  • Cal Brackin, On Board Innovations
  • Ingrid Castro-Campos, Boulder Housing Partners
  • Cate Cook, Boulder Chamber
  • Amirah Counts, Disabled Veteran
  • Hayden Dansky, Boulder Food Rescue
  • Guillermo Estrada-Rivera, Boulder County
  • Claudia Fernandez, "I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
  • Berenice Garcia Tellez, City of Longmont
  • Laura Gonzalez, University of Colorado
  • Maria Gordillo, Immigrant Legal Center of Boulder County
  • Melissa Green, Boulder Bridge House
  • Aparna Harris, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
  • Amy Helling, Cornerstone Church
  • Erica Joos, Boulder Valley School District
  • Yvette Larrea, Workforce Boulder County
  • William Lokonobei, Boulder Valley School District
  • Rob London, MidFirst Bank
  • Jessie Michaud, Imagine!
  • Philip Ogren, Oracle America, Inc.
  • Tim O'Shea, Engage Colorado
  • Harris Rollinger, Entrepreneurship for All
  • Frances Ryder, Emergency Family Assistance Association
  • Julie Schoenfeld, Attorney
  • Mackenzie Sehlke, Boulder County Housing and Human Services
  • Jonathan Tewksbury, Alpine Bank
  • Adrianne Tracy, Citywide Banks
  • Sarah Wiebenson, City of Boulder

Leadership Fellows Boulder County provides approximately 35 emerging and transformational leaders from across sectors with a broad understanding of Boulder County’s economic, civic and cultural drivers. The program offers participants a deep appreciation for the social, environmental and economic interests our leaders must balance in their decisions. Additionally, the program is heavily focused on transformational and inclusive leadership practices.

Transformational and inclusive leaders motivate and inspire others by providing meaning and challenge. They stimulate others to be creative and innovative by questioning assumptions, reframing problems and defining new solutions.


"I was able to engage with guest speakers and former fellows who are important to the work I do. LF has helped me establish myself in my new community. I am so grateful for my involvement in the program!"

Michal Duffy

Out Boulder; LF Class of 2018
  • Inclusive Leadership:

    • Develops people
    • Treats people as individuals
    • Treats others with dignity and respect
    • Shows respect for the ideas and views of others
    • Recognizes the value of different working styles and skills
    • Values multiple views
    • Respects diversity

  • Community Impact

    • 81%: Leadership Fellows who have joined a nonprofit board
    • 26%: Leadership Fellows who have joined a government board or commission
    • 13%: Leadership Fellows who have worked on a local campaign for a candidate or issue
    • 32%: Leadership Fellows with career promotions within a year of graduation

About the Program

The program’s curriculum emphasizes building networks and tangible tools for local leadership roles. Curriculum topics may include, among others, Boulder County economics, Local Government 101, inclusive leadership, planning and development, critical human needs, health, education, the arts and culture, and selling your vision – as well as roundtable discussions on a range of timely issues, from affordable housing to immigration and criminal justice.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County will begin in October of 2020. Monthly half-day sessions will take place throughout Boulder County and will feature facilitated conversations with current leaders from the business, civic, nonprofit and cultural sectors.

Tuition is $1,500 for the 11-month program. Scholarships are available based upon need.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County Requirements

As a Leadership Fellow, you must:

  •  Work and/or live in Boulder County
  • Have a desire to make a positive impact
  • Be willing to challenge yourself and others
  • Be open to new thinking about your role as a leader
  • Commit to attend monthly half-day sessions for 11 months
  • Have a willingness to work collectively and be open to learning

Leadership Fellows Boulder County graduates are expected to take on a local leadership role (i.e., join a nonprofit or government board/commission, work on a candidate or initiative campaign, join a neighborhood or school association, or run for office) within six months of completing the program.

The Leadership Fellows Boulder County program has a high commitment to inclusivity. We are happy to provide accommodations to allow a diverse array of participants. However, please note, sessions will be conducted in English.

For more information, please contact Tyler Ekx at tyler.ekx@boulderchamber.com.

Leadership Fellows Boulder County is sponsored by:

Boulder County
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