Calendar of Events

Staff

Colleen Kazemi

Colleen Kazemi

Executive Director

 

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. She is an investor in MergeLane, a fund that discovers, accelerates and invests in high-potential, women-led startups. She is an adjunct faculty member at Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the CU Leeds School of Business, and is passionate about supporting public education and have served as co-chair of the Denver Public School (DPS) Bond Oversight committee, DPS Tech Advisory Committee, and East High Collaborative School Committee.

Dave Koken

Dave Koken

Director of Partner Engagement

 

Dave is a Colorado native who has been working to grow 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 (a Denver-based company making clean energy accessible to nonprofits and low-income residents).

Previously, he worked at the financial inclusion nonprofit Kiva.org where he helped build the Global Fellows Program and served as the Portfolio Manager for Asia-Pacific region. 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.

After many years away, he moved back to Denver in 2020 with his wife and son. He’s excited to be back in the Rocky Mountains and looking forward to working with the SVP Denver community to make this a city where everyone can thrive.

Karen Mortimer

Karen Mortimer

Relationship Coordinator

 

Karen is an Illinois native who joined the ranks of Coloradans in 1997.  Karen has mostly worked (Facing History and Ourselves & the Donnell-Kay Foundation), and volunteered (Together Colorado & Denver Public Schools), within the education space where she primarily focused on efforts to amplify parent voice, especially within marginalized communities, and to promote transparency and equity. Karen presently serves as the Chair of the District Accountability Committee, a group of community volunteers who are appointed by the Board to provide advice to Denver Public Schools. 

Her family is also deeply involved in supporting the undocumented and asylum seekers and helped to launch the Colorado Immigrant Justice Fund which seeks to raise funds to cover the legal fees for immigrants in detention.

Her husband, Greg (a Colorado native), is in IT management for the Adams 12 School District, and their son and daughter are in high school in DPS.

Amy Martinez

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.

Board

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

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
  • Co-Chair, SVP DEI Committee

Amy Aldridge

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
  • Chair, SVP Development Committee

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

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