Board Members

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Ryan Nichols, Chair

Holland & Hart, Of Counsel

Patrick Walton, Vice Chair

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

Melanie Palmer, Treasurer

US Bank Private Wealth Management, Private Wealth Advisor, CFP

Mikaela Gibson, Secretary

PNC Bank, Corporate Sales Development Consultant

Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK)

Laurie Troge, Past Chair

United Way, Administrative Director

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

Norris Davis III

South Platte Investments & Planning, Investment Advisor Representative 

Jennifer Dunn

FirstBank, Vice President

Stephanie Henley

Xcel Energy, Corporate Economic Development Manager

Nicole Jackson

Denver Parks and Recreation, Horticulture Specialist

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