Leadership Fellows Boulder County

We’re a community of trailblazers and influencers.

We bring together leaders and experts across sectors to build networks and advance inclusivity county-wide.

Applications for the 2019-2020 class of Leadership Fellows are now closed.

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We are beginning the 11th Fellows cohort, and the 7th year of a merged program combining the strengths of the Community Foundation and Boulder Chamber's long-standing commitment and experience in local leadership development.

“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.”

Meet the 2018-2019 cohort:

  • Don Archibald, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Scott Beard, Scott Beard Law, LLC
  • Bryan Beary, City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
  • Sydney Bergen, Realities for Children Boulder County
  • Rachel Bigby, CU Boulder, Masters of the Environment Graduate Program
  • Elizabeth Borrego, Community Justice Services
  • Kelly Brown, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship
  • Kyle Brown, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Elena Ciaravino, Imagine!
  • Chris DeLong, Bridgerock Capital
  • Katie DePoy, Voices for Children CASA
  • Jennifer Diaz-Leon, City of Longmont
  • Tyler Ekx, Boulder Chamber
  • M Essa, Chef Ann Foundation
  • Sara Fardi, Instructor
  • Brian Frey, MAPRagency
  • Kaylin Gray, Research psychologist, grantmaker, impact investor
  • Merix Gustin, Plan Ahead Events Boulder
  • Sam Hall, Boulder Journey School
  • Pablo Hester, Clinica Family Health Services
  • Bhola Katuwal, First Bank
  • Magnolia Landa Posas, Just Transition Collaborative
  • Christina Lui, Community Volunteer
  • Michael McHale, TRU Community Care
  • Sepideh Miller, ESL Tutor
  • Marissa Miller, Downtown Boulder Partnership
  • Kim Mitchell, Town of Lyons
  • Kevin Murray, RE/MAX Alliance
  • Lauren Nygren, Premier Mortgage Group
  • Brittany Parsons, Association for Community Living
  • Shawn Rae Passalacqua, SRP Consulting Services
  • Krishna Pattisapu, University of Colorado-Boulder
  • Regina Reyes-Zaragoza, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence
  • Irma Robles Cortes, Community Member
  • Angel Sanchez, Front Range Community College
  • Micah Shagoury, KBI Biopharma
  • Nami Thompson, Self-employed writer, developer, and facilitator
  • Erik Thomson, Zayo Group
  • Sarah van der Hoop, Exxel Outdoors
  • John Henry Vansant, Caraveo for Colorado
  • Mindi Weik, Kalinski Team

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 September of 2019. 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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