Class of 2020
David DadoneExecutive Director & Chief Curator, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Since becoming Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) in 2010, David Dadone has led the Museum to embrace a commitment to participatory, experiential exhibitions that dynamically engage visitors with contemporary art. Read more and watch video.
José EsparzaExecutive Director, BuCu West
As Executive Director of BuCu West since 2013, José’s work in community-based economic development is holistic and ultimately aimed at bringing together people of different backgrounds, fostering relationships and helping the owners and residents of the Morrison Road Corridor to recognize a common interest in creating great places to live and breaking down barriers. Read more and watch video.
Steph FrancesFounder and Executive Director, Prodigy Ventures Inc.
As the Founder & Executive Director of Prodigy Ventures, Steph brings twelve years of experience in youth career development. Her expertise lies in activating talent in youth on the margins and creating dynamic cultures that engage youth in their intrinsic motivation to learn. Read more and watch video.
Hassan A. LatifExecutive Director, Second Chance Center, Inc.
Hassan A. Latif founded Second Chance Center (SCC), a community reentry agency dedicated to the successful transition of people returning from incarceration in 2012. SCC has grown to become the preeminent reentry agency in Colorado, maintaining a recidivism rate of under 9% for participants involved in SCC programs. Read more and watch video.
Claudia Moran-PichardoExecutive Director, Museo de las Americas
Claudia’s passion for art along with her aspiration to support Latinx communities has kept her at Museo de las Americas, where she has served in many capacities, including Director of Education, Director of Operations and most recently as the organization’s Executive Director. Read more and watch video.
Class of 2019
Eddie KoenChief Impact Officer, Mile High United Way
Eddie Koen brings more than 15 years of experience to Mile High United Way, serving the community through nonprofit leadership roles and advocating for equity, education, and human rights. Read more.
Angell PérezExecutive Director, Colorado Circles for Change
Angell Pérez is Executive Director of Colorado Circles for Change (CCFC), a youth serving organization providing transformative (restorative) justice programs to youth as an alternative to traditional punitive consequences seen in the juvenile justice system, as well as leadership programs to build power among youth, and dismantle violence and racism in their lives. Read more.
Joe SammenExecutive Director, Center for Health Progress
Joe Sammen is currently the Executive Director of Center for Health Progress, where he works alongside a team of dynamic leaders reimagining how Colorado defines health care and what the health care system’s responsibility is in achieving health equity. Read more.
Deirdre SullivanExecutive Director, The Family Center/La Familia
Deirdre Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Family Center/La Familia, Larimer County’s only family resource center offering both affordable childcare and supportive services to families. Read more.
Evan WeissmanFounding Executive Director, Warm Cookies of the Revolution
Evan Weissman is the founding executive director of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a Civic Health Club that blends innovative arts and culture with crucial civic issues. Read more.
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.