The Board of Directors for the Collaborative Impact Fund of Denver (CIFD) announced today the appointment of Dr. Ken Seeley as Acting Executive Director. Dr. Ken Seeley will serve CIFD in this role until December 31, 2023.

At present, Dr. Seeley serves as a collaboration and evaluation specialist for the Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement (D-ONE) and is one of the founding architects of CIFD. Prior to his work with the city, he served for 20 years as the President and CEO of the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, a nonprofit partnership with five Colorado state agencies. In addition, he is a researcher and cross system leader with an extensive background in serving at risk and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Seeley has also served as a tenured faculty member at the University of Denver’s College of Education in the areas of Education Leadership and research design. Moreover, he brings broad social policy experience gained as a policy analyst and consultant for the Center for Study of Social Policy in Washington, and from several national foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Colorado Trust, and the Piton Foundation. In addition to his City of Denver position, Dr. Seeley has also served as a senior advisor to the Sesame Street Workshop.

Dr. Seeley has been a supporter of the CIFD’s goals from its inception. In 2016, he worked with the City and County of Denver’s Fundraising Governance Committee, including the Mayor’s Office under Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and the Denver Office of Nonprofit Engagement (named the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships at the time), to address challenges concerning the city’s lack of coordination and infrastructure for handling donations and fundraising. The result of those efforts led to the creation of the Collaborative Impact Fund of Denver.

With his familiarity with the city and his impressive foundation and policy background, this appointment will support the CIFD’s mission of addressing nonprofit and public needs through collaboration with agency partners in the City and County of Denver.

“In this new position, Dr. Seeley will provide real staff operational leadership to the organization. This will allow us to intensify our grant pursuits and begin establishing the basic staffing framework for the organization,” said Erin Brown, CIFD Board Chair and VP of Community Impact & Investment at the Colorado Health Foundation.

This appointment is made possible with support from Denver’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement (D-ONE). Dr. Seeley will assume his position on May 18, 2023.


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