Who We Are
Melanie is a proud native of Pueblo and a fierce advocate for her community. As a long-time member of her local Boys & Girls Club, Melanie learned at a young age that the right opportunity at the right time has the power to change – and even save – a life. This formative experience led to a deep personal commitment to ensure that all young people, regardless of their current circumstances, have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Melanie was first introduced to the world of philanthropy through a high school grantmaking program, and after graduating from the University of New Mexico, she was selected for El Pomar Foundation’s fellowship program. She went on to serve as the deputy director of the fellowship and supported the regional partnerships program as a member of the senior staff.
In 2009, Melanie was hired as president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County. After leading her local Club for eight years, she accepted a position as director of organizational development with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, she worked with clubs in seven states to increase organizational capacity and impact.
Melanie joined the Caring for Colorado team in September 2018. As the director of Place-Based Philanthropy, she leads the foundation’s grantmaking and nonprofit capacity building efforts in Pueblo and manages statewide initiatives directed to adolescent populations. A love of community, a deep respect for nonprofit leaders, a passion for youth development, and a commitment to equity is what drives Melanie’s work.
On her off time, Melanie and her husband, Adam, can be found in the great outdoors or on the couch watching their favorite shows.