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

Bill Ward grew up in Pueblo and attended Colorado College, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He received a juris doctorate degree from the University of Colorado in 1967. He was 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 Colorado College’s board of trustees. He has also served on the board of trustees of Denver Seminary, twice serving as its chair.

William Ward

Vice Chairman, El Pomar Foundation

Bob Manning is a founder and managing principal of M2P Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in Denver. He was a founder of Green, Manning & Bunch a Denver investment banking firm, and served as a partner. Bob serves as a director of FirstBank of Colorado and Cheyenne Capital Fund. He is a trustee and past chairman of the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts and served on the board of the national Council of Boy Scouts. He is a trustee of Colorado College and serves as a director of the Air Force Academy Foundation.

Bob Manning

Regional Council Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

General Charles H. 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, Jacoby served as the Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, J5 of the Joint 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 US Military Representative to the United Nations. In his final assignment, Jacoby served as the first Army officer to Command North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command.

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

Trustee, El Pomar Foundation

Ashley Buderus is the Director of Philanthropy, Gift Planning, for Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. She previously served the University of Denver in a similar role. Ashley was a Fellow with El Pomar Foundation from 2005 to 2008, and served as the Alumni Representative to the Trustees in 2011. She is a native of Colorado and 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

Philanthropy Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation

Toti Cadavid, a native of Colombia, is president of U-Fulfilled, provinding executive and life coaching, training and speaking services. Prior to this, 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 Board of Trustees for the University of Denver; the Advisory Council for the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship at CU Denver; and the Advisory Board for Denver Active 20/30. Craig received his BSBA 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 Regional President for FirstBank. She has worked with FirstBank for the past 22 years, also serving as President of the Arvada and West Markets among other various officer positions. 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 Board President for the Jefferson County Schools Foundation. Currently, she serves on the Board of Community First Foundation. She 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

Regional President – FirstBank

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton's family has been actively involved in Colorado since the early 1900’s. Prior to being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd State Treasurer in 2011, Treasurer Stapleton served as CEO and CFO of various private and publicly traded companies. He is now serving in his second term as State Treasurer. Treasurer Stapleton's community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, and holds a graduate degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Walker Stapleton

State Treasurer

Debbie Ward is a real estate broker for Dwell-Denver Real Estate Group. Prior to Dwell-Denver, Debbie spent ten years as a product development manager in the financial services industry and seven years at The Broadmoor Hotel. She 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 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.

Debbie Ward

Vice President, Ward Enterprises

Senior Staff, Metro Regional Council

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Gary Butterworth

Senior Vice President, El Pomar Foundation

VJ Brown is a second year Fellow who works with the Communications team, the Fellowship Recruitment team, Karl E. Eitel Fund, Student Leadership Experience, and Western Legislative Academy, in addition to working in the Metro region.

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VJ Brown

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation

Ryan Burton

Program Associate, El Pomar Foundation