Class of 2018
Harry BudisidhartaCEO, Asian Pacific Development Center
While Harry Budisidharta is relatively new in his position as CEO of Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC), he is not new to the organization. Read more.
Ara CruzCo-Founder and Executive Director, Café Cultura
Born and raised in Denver, Ara Cruz is a Xicano/Indigenous (Nahua/Genizaro Tiwa) spoken word artist, educator, and organizer who finds himself standing on the shoulders of those women and men who have struggled to maintain traditions and dignity. Read more.
Yoal GhebremeskelCo-Founder & Executive Director, Street Fraternity
Yoal Ghebremeskel was born and raised in Eritrea, East Africa. At the age of 12 he emigrated with his family to the United States and Denver become his home. Read more.
Class of 2017
Kimberle “Kim” EastonChief Executive Officer, Urban Peak
Kim Easton became CEO of Urban Peak in May 2012. Prior to this role, Kim was CEO at Colorado Bright Beginnings and also worked with other non-profit organizations as both an employee and in board governance roles. Read more.
Michael HenryExecutive Director, Co-founder, Lighthouse Writers Workshop
Michael Henry currently serves as Executive Director of Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where he also teaches poetry, memoir and essay workshops. Read more.
Nina MartinezExecutive Director, Street’s Hope
Nina began serving in the Colorado nonprofit sector in 2007, advocating for victims of crime through The Denver Center for Crime Victims, where she also gained experience in social enterprise through The Translation & Interpreting Center. Read more.
Class of 2016
Terrell CurtisExecutive Director, The Delores Project
Terrell Curtis began her tenure as Executive Director of The Delores Project, Denver’s largest provider of overnight shelter and transitional services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness, in 2007. Read more.
Jami DuffyExecutive Director, Youth on Record
Jami Duffy joined Youth on Record in 2009, and has since provided the strategic direction, operational management and fundraising expertise that has led to consistent growth, and national brand recognition. Read more.
Andrea Kalivas FultonDeputy Director and CMO, Denver Art Museum
As the deputy director and chief marketing officer for the Denver Art Museum, Andrea oversees the Museum’s earned revenue strategies, including marketing and communications, as well as government affairs and strategic partnerships. Read more.
Francisco “Cisco” GallardoProgram Director, Gang Rescue and Support Project
In his teen years, Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. Since that time, after facing a possible 48 years in prison, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped cause. Read more.
Michael NiyompongChief Operating Officer, Clayton Early Learning
Michael Niyompong serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Denver-based Clayton Early Learning, Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing access to high-quality early care and education. Read more.
Class of 2015
Cristina AguilarExecutive Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR)
Cristina Aguilar has been with Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR) since 2012 and became its Executive Director in 2014. Read more.
Rachel BasyeExecutive Director, Arts Students League of Denver
Rachel Basye became Executive Director of Arts Students League of Denver in March 2012. Before then, she served 18 years with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. Read more.
Thomas “Malik” Robinson Executive Director, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Malik Robinson grew up and into his role at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in African Studies from Regis University, he officially began his tenure as Development Director winning national awards for the acclaimed Ensemble. Read more.
Teva Sienicki President and CEO, Growing Home
Teva Sienicki has provided executive leadership at Growing Home since 2002. Prior to Growing Home, she was a Project Manager at Volunteers for America. Read more.
Stephanie Villafuerte Child Protection Ombudsman, State of Colorado
Stephanie Villafuerte was appointed Child Protection Ombudsman for the state of Colorado in November, 2015. Prior to this appointment she served as Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. She has practiced law for 23 years and dedicated her practice on improving the plight of Colorado’s abused and neglected children. Read more.