Who We Are
Melanie is proud native of Pueblo and a fierce advocate for her community. Her early years were spent going to work with her mom at the local Girls Club until she was old enough to officially become a club member at age five. Melanie developed a deep commitment ensuring that all young people, regardless of their current circumstances, are able to reach their full potential at Boys & Girls Club.
Melanie was first introduced to the world of philanthropy through a grantmaking program during high school and applied for El Pomar Foundation’s fellowship program after college. After her fellowship, Melanie was promoted to senior staff at El Pomar, where she led the youth grantmaking program and supported regional grantmaking and leadership development efforts.
In 2009, Melanie joined her former Boys & Girls Clubs of Pueblo County as president and CEO and, in 2017, 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.
After nearly two years on the proverbial road, in September 2018 Melanie joined the Caring for Colorado team where she leads the Foundation’s place-based giving strategy in Pueblo. A love of community, a deep respect for the uniquely rewarding and challenging work of nonprofit leaders, and a strong belief in sharing power and lifting community voice is what drives Melanie’s work in Pueblo.
Melanie and her husband, Adam, love spending time at home with their much-loved dog, Queen. Although Melanie spent her college years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and enjoyed her fair share of Hatch Green Chile, she can officially confirm that nothing beats the Pueblo Chile!