Metro Region

Counties:  Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson

Cities:  Aurora, Castle Rock, Golden, Denver, Lakewood

The Metro Council has been working to identify specific needs in the densely populated Denver-Metro region.  The Council started with an interest in education, specifically early childhood education and high school graduation rates, however after conducting research, realized that the greatest need lies within the middle school population.  By narrowing the focus, the Council gathered information on organizations in the metro region that are working to address the needs of middle school students.  Summer programs and after-school programs seem to be the most common and effective way to serve the population and the Council is in the process of identifying specific organizations and learning more about potentially creating an impactful partnership.  The Metro Regional Council intends to be able to work closely with these organizations to develop goals and objectives and make a grant that will have a lasting impact on the lives of middle school students. 

Grant Highlight Escuela de Guadalupe’s innovative Graduate Support Program works toward the long-term educational success of Escuela graduates. In 2015, the Metro Council recommended a grant of $210,000 over three years to assist with the school’s relocation, middle school readiness and graduate support programs. The school hired a middle school specialist to develop the middle school program and support staff for the graduate support program in its tracking of Escuela’s graduates through middle school, high school, and into college. The Council is excited about the opportunities their grant will provide and anticipates a bright future for Escuela de Guadalupe.
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Meet Our Regional Council Members


William “Bill” Ward is Vice Chair of El Pomar Foundation. He is the retired President of Ward Transport, Inc., a family-owned trucking company, and is a past chairman of the American Trucking Association. Bill’s activity in the nonprofit sector includes serving as chair of the Colorado College board of trustees. In that capacity, he was actively involved in a record-setting capital campaign of $93 million and provided leadership during a successful presidential transition. He has also served on the board of trustees of Denver Seminary, twice serving as its chair.

Bill grew up in Pueblo and attended Colorado College, graduating in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He received a juris doctor from the University of Colorado in 1967.

William Ward

Trustee and Vice Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

Bob Manning is a founder and managing principal of M2P Capital LLC, a Denver based private equity firm. He is a Trustee for the Metro Regional Council and a member of the El Pomar Investment Committee. Bob is also a Trustee of Colorado College and a Trustee and past chairman of the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts. He is a director of FirstBank and Cheyenne Capital Fund. Bob is a graduate of Colorado College and lives in Denver.

Bob Manning

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

General Charles “Chuck” Jacoby, Jr. (Ret.) has over 36 years of leading military, government, and international organizations. He has commanded at all levels in airborne infantry and joint assignments from company to combatant commander. Following corps command, Chuck served as the director of strategy, plans and policy, J5 of the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he led planning for coalition and NATO operations in Libya and assisted in the Middle East Peace Process. He also served as the U.S. military representative to the United Nations. In his final assignment, Chuck served as the first Army officer to command the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command. General Jacoby has served as a Trustee of El Pomar Foundation since 2015.

Gen. Charles H. Jacoby, Jr. (Ret.)

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Ashley Buderus, a Colorado native, is Chief Executive Officer of Quarterly Forum, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit leadership organization that inspires, empowers and connects Colorado’s most influential community leaders. She previously served Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and University of Denver, in major and planned gift fundraising roles. Ashley was a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation from 2005 to 2008, and served as the Alumni Representative to the Trustees in 2011.

Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Denver and her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

Ashley Buderus

CEO, Quarterly Forum

Toti Cadavid, a native of Colombia, is President of U-Fulfilled, providing executive and life coaching, training and speaking services. Previously, Toti was a seasoned multicultural communications strategist with far-reaching experience in both domestic and international arenas. After a successful career in corporate America, she launched and, until 2012, led Xcelente Marketing, a top-notch Hispanic marketing agency. Toti currently sits on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Health Foundation, Denver International Airport Management Advisory Council, and Junior Achievement.

Toti Cadavid

President, U-Fulfilled

Craig Harrison is Managing Director of Arrowhead Partners, an investment firm focused on operating businesses and water resources. Craig also serves as managing director of West Creek Partners, a closely held investment firm. Prior to Arrowhead and West Creek Partners, Craig co-founded and sold Hydro Advisors–a water infrastructure firm, HouseFront–a mobile real estate technology company, US Capital–a financial services firm and Scout Cleaning–a residential and commercial cleaning company. Craig serves on the University of Denver board of trustees, the advisory council for the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Denver, and the advisory board for Denver Active 20/30.

Craig received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Denver with a major in finance and a minor in leadership.

Craig Harrison

Managing Director, Arrowhead Partners

Emily Robinson currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for FirstBank. She has worked with FirstBank for the past 24 years, also serving as regional president and president of the Arvada and West Markets. Emily was appointed in 2011 by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado State Banking Board, and has an extensive history of community involvement, including her current role as board chair of Community First Foundation.

Emily received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State University and received a graduate degree in banking from the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Banking.

Emily Robinson

COO, FirstBank

Walker Stapleton's roots run deep in Colorado, as his family has been actively involved in Colorado since the early 1900s. Prior to being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd state treasurer January 2011, Walker served as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of various private and publicly traded companies. He is now serving in his second term as state treasurer. Walker’s community service includes serving on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver and is also a member of the Denver Southeast Rotary Club.

Walker graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and holds a graduate degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Walker Stapleton

Colorado State Treasurer

Debbie Ward is a professional real estate consultant. Previously, Debbie spent 10 years as a product development manager in the financial services industry and seven years at The Broadmoor Hotel. Debbie currently serves on the board of Book Trust. Debbie served as board chair for Mile High United Way, was a member of the associate board for Big Brothers Big Sisters and served on the Jackson National Community Fund Advisory Board.

Debi is a Colorado native with an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in finance, from the University of Denver.

Debbie Ward

Vice President, Ward Enterprises

Gary Butterworth is Chief Executive Officer of Pikes Peak Community Foundation. He joined the Community Foundation in 2016 after spending 18 years with El Pomar Foundation, principally as Director of the El Pomar Fellowship. Gary currently serves as chair of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners and is a board member of the Colorado Springs Youth Sports, Inc., the Broadmoor World Arena, and the Air Force Academy Foundation.

Gary earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and Master of Business Administration from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Gary Butterworth

CEO, Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Contact Ryan:
719-577-7071
rburton@elpomar.org

Ryan Burton

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Contact Emily:
719-577-7083
epadgett@elpomar.org

Emily Padgett

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation