We have truly exciting news to share! The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees announces it has hired Kristin Todd to serve as our new president and chief executive officer. Kristin will officially begin her duties on April 26. Download the press release.
About Kristin Todd
Recognized as a visionary leader, Kristin has dedicated her career to helping those in need through strategic philanthropy, community partnerships, and a steadfast commitment to donor stewardship.
Throughout her 25-year career in philanthropy, Kristin’s leadership philosophy has been relationships drive results. She is a nationally respected leader in philanthropy whose authentic and engaging style led to her being honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Grantmaker in 2019 by the National Philanthropy Day organization. Kristin’s community leadership and accomplishments were recently recognized when she was named one of Denver’s Mile High Leaders and Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal.
Kristin most recently served as executive vice president for the Daniels Fund, one of the largest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West, with assets of approximately $1.5 billion. As a champion of mission stewardship, operational excellence, and fulfilling the legacy of Bill Daniels, Kristin oversaw the strategic distribution of more than $49 million annually to nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. In total, more than 3,000 organizations have benefited from support from the Daniels Fund under Kristin’s leadership. Whether it’s helping youth receive a high-quality education or helping homeless individuals rebuild their lives with dignity, Kristin’s strategic vision has helped the Daniels Fund achieve its mission of making life better, one individual at a time. Widely regarded as a national thought leader and sought-after speaker, Kristin has helped elevate the Daniels Fund’s national profile and reputational excellence.
For more than two decades, Kristin has been passionate about the vibrant role the nonprofit sector plays in society and the critical supporting role of philanthropy. As a trusted partner, she works tirelessly to understand the complex issues facing today’s communities and works alongside nonprofit and business leaders to help bring about positive change and lasting impact. In her previous roles at El Pomar Foundation, chairman of the board at Colorado Nonprofit Association, and board member of Philanthropy Colorado, Kristin has played a key leadership role in advancing Colorado’s philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
In addition to serving the community through her professional work, Kristin generously volunteers her time and talent. She has served on numerous boards including the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, The CUBE Charter High School, Boy Scouts Denver Area Council, University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, and the US Air Force Academy Foundation. Kristin serves on El Pomar Foundation’s Trustees Advisory Council and, over the years, has been appointed to serve on several state commissions and advisory councils related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Kristin was selected for the inaugural 2016 class of the Colorado Governors Fellowship Program, a program of the CiviCO Leadership Academy, and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Colorado Workforce Development Council.
Kristin graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, earning both magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa distinction. She earned her master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from the University of Colorado.
Getting to know Kristin Todd
What attracted you to the president & CEO role at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado?
Kristin: I am drawn to the Community Foundation’s potential to build a better Colorado. I’m delighted to be joining a remarkable organization, with an impressive and committed board of directors and staff.
What talents or specific experience are you looking forward to bringing to the role?
Kristin: I’m a lifelong proponent of philanthropy and its ability to have a lasting and meaningful impact on communities.
I enjoy bringing people together, building community partnerships, and fostering regional collaboration – all for the sake of improving the quality of life in our communities.
I believe in the power of collective action to design a vision for the future. I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and work alongside the community to craft a vision for the future and help make it a reality.
Tell us one reason why you are excited about Northern Colorado?
Kristin: My family and I are excited to make Northern Colorado our home. It’s a growing, vibrant community with so much to offer, from the beauty of the outdoors to the exciting cultural scene. We’ve been particularly impressed with the people and the authentic, warm welcome we’ve received.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Kristin: My husband John and I have a blended family with six children. We’ll be moving to Fort Collins this spring with our nine-year-old son Charlie. We love spending time outdoors as a family – skiing, hiking, biking, etc.
I grew up in New Orleans and remain an avid Saints fan!
We have two beloved golden doodles, Chesley and Rosie, who rule the roost.