Our Impact

Through the incredible work of our alumni, the Leadership Foundation’s fingerprints are all over this community. At the Leadership Foundation, our passion is equipping leaders to improve Colorado. No matter where you look in our region, you can see the impact of our more than 3,500 alumni.

Check out how the Leadership Foundation has helped prepare these leaders to shape our region.

Gov. Bill Ritter
Gov. Bill RitterDirector - Colorado State University Center for the New Energy Economy
Leadership Denver ’93
Leadership Exchange

Gov. Ritter is the founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy. Prior to being elected Colorado’s 41st governor in 2006, Ritter served as Denver’s district attorney.

“Understanding the nature of a community trustee has proven to be one of the most valuable parts of my LD experience. Thinking about my work from a trustee perspective helps make sense of our responsibility and our accountability and the privilege it is to serve.”
Jennifer Chang
Jennifer ChangRegional Manager of Federal Civilian Scientific - Cisco Systems
Leadership Denver ’14

With a passion for both technology and science, Jennifer joined the Cisco team in 2011 as a strategic account manager. She is the recipient of the 2010 Top 5 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado award, winner of the Denver Business Journal’s 2011 Top 40 under 40 distinction and 2013’s Top 25 Most Powerful Salespeople in Colorado.

“Leadership Denver does an amazing job of bringing together authentic leaders who desire to work together to solve problems and make our city better.  It is our people that make the vision of collaboration a reality.”
Sara van Rensburg
Sara van RensburgPrincipal - Quickland Technology Group
Colorado Experience ’14

In addition to her work at Quickland Technology Group, Sara serves on the board of the Colorado Thought Leaders Forum.

“My organization has been evaluating the possibility of expanding our footprint across the state. Because of my participation in Colorado Experience, I was able to reach out to community and business leaders to gain insight and hear their perspectives.”
Jude del Hierro
Jude del HierroExecutive Director - Confluence Ministries
Leadership Denver ’14

A Colorado native, Jude is the executive director of Confluence Ministries, serving the West Colfax community. He has over 25 years of nonprofit and ministry experience, and also serves as the founding associate pastor on an inner-city church where he leads outreach and music.

“I was able to glean from my classmates’ perspectives…and ideas and thoughts to make our city a better place to live. I was able to use the knowledge given to start conversations with my sphere of nonprofit leaders.”
Lucas Suazo
Lucas Suazo2015 Student Leader of the Year - Colorado State University, Fort Collins
Lucas Suazo is a junior at Colorado State University. A student in the President’s Leadership Program, he is studying chemical and biological engineering and biomedical engineering. Lucas has organized a STEM education experience for La Familia. He also serves as a resource to educate students about sexual violence and assault prevention as a Greeks Against Sexual Assault representative. Additionally, Suazo is a founding member the Chronic Health Mentoring Program and counsels first-year undergraduate students in the management of a chronic condition while transitioning to college.

“My involvement in (CSU’s President’s Leadership Program) and the Colorado Leadership Alliance have revolutionized the way I look at leadership. Through my experience in (these organizations) I’ve realized that everyone has the potential to lead.”
Nicholas Hamilton-Archer
Nicholas Hamilton-ArcherExecutive Director of Executive Programs - University of Colorado
Access Denver ’14

Nicholas Hamilton-Archer is the executive director of executive programs at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs.

Prior to coming to Colorado, Nicholas served as the director of recruitment and business development at the Center for Executive Education within the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh.

“I walked away [from Access Denver] with a sense of urgency. I plan to use what I learned to play a stronger role in the activities taking place around me and increase my community involvement.”
Jill Hamilton
Jill HamiltonPrincipal, SE2
Impact Denver ’12

Jill Hamilton is a principal at SE2, a communications agency focused on changing policy, opinion and behavior. At SE2, she focuses on project strategy, messaging, public relations, social media and coalition building. From communicating about the value of electricity to developing messages and materials that support school choice, Jill takes pride in working on issues that matter to the public.

“Like many professionals in this community, I’m not originally from Colorado. Impact Denver gave me insight into the region’s key issues. I use what I learned on a daily basis to help my clients consider the big picture. It also informs my service and leadership as a volunteer and board member for local nonprofits.”