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Fellowship Alum Brings Former President and Current Mayor of Denver to the Table


The El Pomar Foundation Fellowship is focused on cultivating the next generation of leaders in the state of Colorado, and the proof that this effort is working can be found in the headlines.

Numerous Fellowship alumni have found their names in ink, and Amy Slothower is no different.

The former fellow and current executive director of Get Smart Schools is a champion for kids, and education is her arena. She founded and is the board president of Denver Venture School, a Denver Public Schools charter high school that opened in August 2008, and she co-founded the Denver School of Science and Technology where she also spent three years as the chief financial officer. In addition, Slothower previously served as the vice president of finance and operations for the Colorado Children's Campaign, an advocacy organization working to improve the lives of all of Colorado's 1.1 million kids.

Yes, this Harvard graduate’s background is impressive, but it is her most recent efforts that the Denver Post is touting.

Early yesterday, former President George W. Bush and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock found themselves sitting next to Slothower at roundtable discussion on education reform, and it was she who brought them together. In April, Get Smart Schools—a nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of new, public, high-quality, autonomous schools serving low-income students—signed a contract with the George W. Bush Institute's Alliance to Reform Education Leadership to examine how principals are trained and evaluated. The partnership will support local principal training through Get Smart Schools although the specifics have not yet been determined.

To read more about the visit, follow this link to the Denver Post article.

As Slothower continues to build a better Colorado, other Fellowship alumni will work toward the same goal. One alumnus, Jeremy Duhon, will bring TEDxMileHigh to Denver for the second year. Ashley Buderus will sit on the El Pomar Board of Trustees. And Jen Johnson, featured in the Wall Street Journal for her unique degree, will carry on advocating for Colorado ranchers.

Where could the Fellowship take you?

Find out. Applications for El Pomar’s Fellowship program are now open; click here to apply.