Who We Are
Melanie was born and raised in Pueblo and is 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 vice president of philanthropy, Melanie leads Caring for Colorado’s efforts to develop and implement best practices in philanthropy, grantmaking and community-engagement strategies. This includes leading the foundation’s primary grantmaking programs – statewide and place-based.
On her off time, Melanie and her husband, Adam, can be found in the great outdoors or on the couch watching their favorite shows.