Board Members

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Patrick Walton, Chair

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity, Manager of Strategic Projects and Policy

Vice Chair


Melanie Palmer, Treasurer

US Bank Private Wealth Management, Private Wealth Advisor, CFP

Mikaela Gibson, Secretary

PNC Bank, Corporate Sales Development Consultant

Ryan Nichols, Past Chair

Holland & Hart, Of Counsel

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Rob Bayless

Clear Fork Cider, Director of Operations

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Mercedes Blea-Davis

Denver Language School, Student Engagement Coordinator/Life Skills Education Professional 

Dr. Crístal Cisneros

Denver Preschool Program, Senior Director of Evaluation and Impact

Jennifer Dunn

FirstBank, Vice President

Stephanie Henley

Xcel Energy, Corporate Economic Development Manager

Kristina Lance

Delta Dental of Colorado, Senior Digital Marketing & Graphic Design Specialist

Kara Matsumoto

Policy Director, Conservation Lands Foundation

Parker McMullen Bushman

Inclusive Journeys, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Ecoinclusive, Justice, Equity & Inclusion Strategist

Jessica Ostermick

CBRE, Director, Industrial & Logistics, Advisory & Capital Markets

Samantha Palladino

United Food & Commercial Workers Local 7, Associate Counsel

Juan Urias

American Star Cleaning Service, Owner