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 leaders must balance in their decisions and is heavily focused on transformational, inclusive leadership practices.
Become a Leadership Fellow
The 2022/2023 Cohort has been selected.
May 1, 2023 Applications open
June 30, 2023 Applications due
Late August 2023 Applicants notified of acceptance into program
Sept 20, 2023 Leadership Fellows Boulder County Program begins
July 18, 2024 Final meeting
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, 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 2023. 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.
Some topics to be presented include (but not limited to):
- Local Government
- Inclusive Leadership
- Boulder County Economics
- Arts & Culture
- Community Health
- Critical Human Needs
- Education & Changing Workforce
- Housing & Transportation
Leadership Fellows make a tangible impact across Boulder County.
- 81% of Leadership Fellows have joined a nonprofit board
- 26% have joined a government board or commission
- 13% have worked on a local campaign for a candidate or issue
- 32% have earned career promotions within a year of graduation
Leadership Fellows promotes inclusive leadership practices that:
- Develop people
- Treat people as individuals with dignity and respect
- Show respect for the ideas and views of others
- Recognize the value of different working styles and skills
- Value multiple views
- Respect diversity
What the Fellows program is:
- An opportunity to build a robust personal and professional network across sectors of the community.
- An environment that emphasizes inclusive and transformational leadership.
- An opportunity to dialogue with existing leaders and other emerging leaders on challenges and potential solutions for our community.
- The chance to learn from current community leaders about their roles in setting Boulder County policy direction.
- A warm introduction to community leaders.
What the Fellows program is not:
- A program that teaches leadership skill building.
- A match-making program between emerging leaders and mentors.
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.
- Alaina Beaulaurier, Mental Health Partners
- Nikole Black, Emergency Family Assistance Participant Advisory Council
- Samantha Black, TRU Community Care
- Amy Bowinski, Out Boulder County and Grubhub
- Sarah Braverman, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA)
- Alma Chavez, Intercambio Uniting Communities
- Maye Cordero, Boulder Chamber
- Mickey Davis, Boulder County Farmers Markets
- Jenny Desmond, Intercambio Uniting Communities
- Gregory Glass, Gibbons White, Inc.
- Ryan Hanschen, City of Boulder
- Hope Jordan, Nederland Downtown Development Authority
- Victor King, Mental Health Partners
- Adilene Marquez, Boulder County Public Health
- Andrea McDermott, Premier Members Credit Union
- Sarah Mikkelsen, Community Foundation Boulder County
- Gabriela Monge Escalante, Garden To Table
- Lyndsy Morse, Via Mobility Services
- Max Nathanson
- Brenda Olguin, Elevations Credit Union
- Jeny Padilla, Student/Advisory Council Northern Colorado Immigrants United
- Adriana Paola Palacios Luna, Luna Cultura
- Juan Pelaez, 3Metas Corp
- Summer Puente, Boulder County Government, Community Services Department, Head Start Division
- Katharine Reece, "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Boulder County
- Sandra Reisman, Emergency Family Assistance
- Karen Rice, Mental Health Partners
- Roberto Rivero, Boulder County Area Agency on Aging
- Neesha Schnepf, University of Colorado Boulder
- Joshua Stallings, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
- Zac Swank, Boulder County, Partners for a Clean Environment
- Sandra Tellez, Clinica Family Health Services
- Emily Walsh, Imagine!
- Michael Weslosky, Industrious
- Savannah Whitfield, Black Bear Energy
- Jason Acuna, Boulder Housing Partners
- Ana Silvia Avendano-Curiel, City of Boulder
- Erin Bagnall, ARCHITECTS
- Christopher Baham, Sopher Sparn Architects
- Emily Barnak, (People's Clinic)
- Hannah Blum, Boulder County
- Katy Brown, The Studio (Boulder)
- Arlene Brugal, Boulder Voices for Children
- Liz Deets, Get Back Here Dog
- Elliot Dill, KeyBank
- Alicia Echagarruga, Boulder Medical Center
- Frank Ana Fernandez, EFAA
- Sally Forester
- Michelle Fox, The Bridge Studio
- Elizabeth Griswold
- Madeline Gross, City of Boulder
- Caroline Hafele, EforAll
- Tessa Hale, Compassion in World Farming
- Miles Hoffman
- Bradley Hugunin, First Western Trust Bank
- Jennifer Huynh, Assistance Association
- Jeanette Madrid, El Comite De Longmont
- Charlotte Louisa Martinez Huskey, City of Boulder
- Mar Matlak, El Centro AMISTAD
- Jill Mendoza, Town of Superior
- Margaret (Peggy) Merrill
- Vallynne Moring, Elevations Credit Union
- Jasmine Padilla, City of Longmont
- Iris Prieto, Our Center
- Crystal Prieto, EFAA
- Indra Raj, KGNU Community Radio
- Alejandro Rodriguez, OutBoulder County
- Krystal Ruvalcaba
- Ana (Anita) Yepez Speirs
- 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
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.
Leadership Fellows Boulder County is sponsored by: