• June 21st, 2024
  • Friday, 08:44:21 PM

Don Mares Appointed as Interim President/CEO of The Colorado Trust


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Don Mares has been appointed as interim president and chief executive officer for The Colorado Trust.

The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced last month that Don Mares has been appointed as interim president and chief executive officer by The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees. Mares will assume this role effective Jan. 31, 2022.

 

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead The Colorado Trust during such an important period in the history of the foundation.”
Don Mares

Mares has served on The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees for the past nine years. In 2015, he was appointed executive director of Denver Human Services by Mayor Michael Hancock, and spent the next six years leading organizational change and culture transformation initiatives at the agency. Mares was also named deputy mayor of Denver by Hancock in 2016 and 2021. Prior to overseeing Denver Human Services, he served as the head of Denver’s Office of Behavioral Health Strategies. Mares previously was elected to both the Colorado State House of Representatives (1988-91) and Colorado State Senate (1991-95), where his record included vocal advocacy for universal health care. He left the state legislature in July 1995 to serve two terms as auditor for the City of Denver

 

 

 

 

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead The Colorado Trust during such an important period in the history of the foundation,” said Mares. “I look forward to working with our staff, grantees, communities and other partners to carry out our work of advancing the health and well-being of the people of Colorado.”

 

“We are thrilled to appoint Don to this role,” said Warren Johnson, MD, chair of The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees. “Don completely embraces our vision of all Coloradans having fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live. His outstanding record of leadership at Denver Human Services, combined with nine years of experience as a trustee, make him the perfect fit for this important interim leadership position.”

 

Danielle Shoots, vice president and chief financial officer for The Colorado Trust, will continue to serve as interim president and chief executive officer until Mares assumes the role at the end of January. In fall 2021, Shoots announced she would depart The Colorado Trust in early 2022 to lead New Community Transformation Fund – Denver, a private venture fund that will invest growth capital in businesses and entrepreneurs of color statewide.

 

“The board and staff are incredibly grateful to Danielle for helping us through this transition period,” Johnson said. “We applaud her past achievements and look forward to supporting all that she will accomplish in this new endeavor.”

 

Mares is expected to serve as interim leader of The Colorado Trust through the end of 2022. The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees will conduct a nationwide search to identify a permanent president and chief executive officer of the foundation.

 

 

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