Calendar of Events

Staff

Colleen Kazemi

CEO

Having been in Denver since third grade, and a Denver East High School and CU Boulder graduate, Colleen feels the urgency to quickly find additional ways for our SVP community to partner with other like-minded organizations and individuals to find innovative ways to have an impact. Her additional professional background includes being the co-founder of Pure Cultures, a probiotics animal health product innovator. She’s deeply rooted and actively engaged in the Denver/Boulder investor and entrepreneurial startup community. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Investor, MergeLane (investing in women-led startups)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the CU Leeds School of Business
  • Chair, East High School Collaborative School Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Denver Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee & DPS Tech Advisory Committee
  • Class of 2021, Leadership Denver
  • Cohort 4 Participant, Colorado Inclusive Economy

Dave Koken

Director of Partner Engagement

Dave grew up in Colorado and has been leading innovative nonprofits and social enterprises for the past 10+ years. He co-founded multiple impact startups, including Lokal (a global marketplace for community-based ecotourism) and Rise Community Solar (making clean energy accessible to nonprofits and low-income residents). Previously, he worked at the financial inclusion nonprofit Kiva.org. He’s passionate about building a more just, empathetic world and loves working with local leaders to help them get the resources they need to better serve their communities. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Community Impact Advisory Committee, The Denver Foundation (2023)
  • Advisor, Uprise Institute
  • Participant, Colorado Inclusive Economy Cohort 4
  • Equity Pitch Planning Committee, Denver Startup Week

Amy Martinez

Program Coordinator, Social Impact

Amy is a northern Colorado native who graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019. Having always been drawn toward social impact work and the nonprofit sector, Amy is excited to join the SVP team and use her skills and experiences to support the greater Denver community. 

Amy’s professional background is in event and conference planning. She previously worked for the Conference Services department at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she supported various academic departments, student organizations, professional associations, and non-profit organizations in the planning and execution of their programs taking place on campus. Amy looks forward to developing relationships and strong connections within the SVP Denver community and providing impactful support to organizations in need. LinkedIn Profile

Karen Mortimer

Relationship Coordinator

Karen is an Illinois native who joined the ranks of Coloradans in 1997.  Karen has been an administrator with education organizations such as Facing History and Ourselves & the Donnell-Kay Foundation and volunteers extensively within the education space where she focuses on efforts to amplify parent voice, especially within marginalized communities, and to promote transparency and equity. Her husband, Greg (a Colorado native), is in IT management for the Adams 12 School District.  Their son is in high school in DPS and their daughter is in college at Loyola University New Orleans.  LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Chair, Denver Public Schools District Accountability Committee
  • Team Member, Colorado Immigrant Justice Fund
  • Former Education Committee Member, Together Colorado

Board

Amy Aldridge

Incoming Board Chair

Amy Aldridge is a partner at Tributary Real Estate with more than 14 years of experience in commercial real estate. Her primary focus is advising scaling companies on office space strategies to accommodate their immediate needs, while also planning for growth.  Amy has been recognized as a Denver Business Journal 2021 40 Under 40 award winner, a Top 25 GenXYZ finalist by ColoradoBiz Magazine, a Heavy Hitter finalist (Young Broker of Denver) by the Denver Metro Commercial Association of REALTORS, and as a Breakout Broker of the Year by JLL. Amy graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in business administration, with a double concentration in commercial real estate and real estate finance.  LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Board of Governors of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
  • Advisory Board for the Colorado State University’s Everitt Real Estate Center
  • Member of the Green and Gold Foundation
  • Center City Leadership Council of the Downtown Denver Partnership
  • Former President of the Rocky Mountain Alliance Children’s Foundation

Tricia Allen

Tricia Allen is Vice President, Community Impact of Mile High United Way where she is responsible for helping to develop and implement the strategic vision for the Community Impact Division and the following program areas: Careers United, Tax Help Colorado and United for Business.  Prior to joining Mile High United Way, she served as President and CEO of Adams County Economic Development (ACED). Tricia holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and is currently writing her doctoral dissertation in the same discipline. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Chair, 211 Colorado Statewide Collaborative
  • New Americans Initiative, Member
  • Level Leaders, Member
  • Board member, MOC, A Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Member
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Member

Sara Bayless

Board Chair

Sara is a Director at the OMNI Institute, a non-profit social science consulting firm in Denver. Sara is passionate about making data meaningful and actionable. At OMNI, she uses research and evaluation methods to help organizations and initiatives understand and improve the impact their programs have on their communities. Prior to OMNI, Sara was a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University. She holds a BA in Psychology from Tufts University, and an MA and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham University.  LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Founding Team, Left Behind Workers Fund
  • Spirit of Service Award Winner, Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
  • Tufts University 10th Reunion Committee

Josh Cashman

Josh started his career in the non-profit investment sector at the TIAA Trust Company, opening its first southwest regional office in Denver where he analyzed portfolios of publicly traded securities for investment by foundations, family offices, and high net worth individuals.  He later co-founded two financial advisory firms, focused on business analysis, diligence, and consulting. Presently, Josh consults with foundations and family offices on Program Related Investments (PRIs) and private impact investments.  

Josh Cashman has spent most of his personal life, and all his professional life in Denver, CO.  A graduate of Arapahoe High School, he later attended CU Boulder, and DU for graduate school, studying law and finance. Above all, he values his time in the outdoors with his wife and two boys.  LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • University Park Elementary, PTA Board
  • DU’s Daniels School of Business, Adjunct Professor

Paul Collier

Paul Collier is the founder of Coeffect, a nonprofit consulting firm that has worked with over four dozen for-impact clients across Colorado, California, and Washington D.C. In addition to his pro bono work with Social Venture Partners Denver, Paul has also led trainings around impact measurement strategy for hundreds of nonprofit professionals through the Colorado Nonprofit Association, Nonprofit Learning Lab, and at several social sector conferences. Prior to Coeffect, Paul served as the Data and Evaluation Manager at Safe & Sound, a leading family resource center developing a data-informed model to help families raise thriving kids. Paul received bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Arts Administration from Arizona State University, and has completed additional graduate-level coursework in data science and data analytics. Linkedin Profile.
 
Community Participation:
  • Lead organizer, Denver Data Storytellers
  • Metro Caring Data & Evaluation Committee Member
  • Member of the Colorado Evaluation Network

Justin Folkestad

Justin Folkestad is the head of ABS consulting which focuses on helping small-to-medium businesses and nonprofits work through rapid growth and come out stronger on the other side. Through his work in varying fields from aerospace, to 3D printing, to corporate finance, Justin has developed a diverse skillset and the ability to holistically analyze business performance. Justin is a Colorado native that holds a B.S. in Manufacturing Technology Management from Colorado State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance from the University of Colorado. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Hands of the Carpenter Board of Directors

Jim Goebelbecker

Secretary

Jim is an entrepreneur, executive, and Certified Presence-Based executive coach who actively collaborates to build relationships with key stakeholders to help meet organization objectives and improve individual leadership skills. Jim has experience practicing the skill and art of leadership as an entrepreneur and in the non-profit sector most recently as the CEO of Denver Kids. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business management from St. Bonaventure University, an MBA from Seattle Pacific University, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. degree in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Denver Kids
  • Rotary Club of Denver

Miranda Graul

Treasurer

Miranda is the Director of Philanthropy at WellPower, Denver’s Community Behavioral Health Center. With more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector, 15 of which has been devoted to fundraising and marketing, Miranda has a passion for finding what motivates people and creating pathways for them to contribute their time, treasure, talent, testimony, and ties to that endeavor. Miranda received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Colorado Boulder and has dedicated her professional career to supporting the work of mission led organizations.  LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Member of Association for Fundraising Professionals
  • Member of Colorado Nonprofit Association
  • Institute for Leaders in Development Class of 2017, University of Denver

Khalid Morris

Khalid is the Director of Strategy and Transformation for Third Stage Consulting Group where he utilizes his years of experience in business systems, application development, software implementation, data integration,and business Intelligence for mid to large sized corporations. Khalid also has many years of corporate accounting and investment analytics experience with companies such as TCW and BNY Mellon. He also is involved in an entrepreneurial effort through launching the Family Tree Food Market, a grocery store seeking to build healthy communities with healthy families through an affordable, high quality food offering. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Leadership Denver, Class of 2021 
  • Family Tree Market, Founder

Anish Nagar

Anish Nagar is an impact-focused technologist, investor, and young civic leader from Houston, Tx. Anish began his career as a technology consultant and subsequently transitioned to enterprise software business development and early-stage tech venture investing. He is currently the CEO and founder of Corecentra (a technology firm focused on leveraging data to measure and manage impact). He joined SVP in 2021 and currently leads the Pitch workshop series. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Board of Public Trusts (The Houston Foundation – Mayor Appointed)
  • Startup Mentor at gBETA
  • Steering Committee of the Texas Impact Alliance

Theresa Rinne-Meyers

Theresa is the Director of Impact at Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a nonprofit organization and Community Development Financial Institution supporting entrepreneurs across Colorado. In her role, Theresa oversees the organization’s impact strategy, data systems, research partnerships, and advocacy work – which has included participating in SVP’s Theory of Change cohort. Prior to her RMMFI role and moving to Colorado in early 2020, Theresa served as Chief of Staff at DC Central Kitchen, a nationally recognized social enterprise working to reduce disparities in health and economic opportunity. She holds an MPA focused on social sector evaluation and public policy, an MBA Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, and a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management from Indiana University. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Member, Colorado Entrepreneurship Coalition
  • Member, Rural Capital Collaborative
  • Advisory Committee Member, B:Side Fund
  • Grant Reviewer, OEDIT Cannabis Business Office
  • Phone Bank Volunteer, Colorado Working Families Party
  • Impact Denver Class of 2022, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation

Merrill Stillwell

Merrill is a managing partner at Blue Mountain Investments, a boutique real-estate investment and development firm with operations in the Vail Valley and Denver.  Prior to that role, he was a financial analyst with Denver Investments. He joined SVP Denver in 2015 and has served on the Board ever since. He attended Claremont McKenna College where he majored in government and economics and has a CFA charter. Fluent in Spanish, he has served as a coach for Argentina’s national lacrosse team since July 2010. LinkedIn Profile

Community Participation:

  • Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation, Director & Grant Review Committee Member
  • Five Points Business Improvement District Design Review Committee, Member
  • CFA Institute & CFA Society of Colorado, Member
  • Impact Denver Class of 2015, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation