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.
Class of 2017
Kimberle “Kim” EastonPresident & CEO, National Sports Center for the Disabled
Kim Easton became President & CEO of National Sports Center for the Disabled in March 2017. Prior to this role, Kim served as CEO of Urban Peak and Colorado Bright Beginnings. 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.