CEO Search Process Information

July 1, 2019

Introducing The Denver Foundation's Next President and CEO

Javier Alberto Soto, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Miami Foundation, has been selected as the next leader of The Denver Foundation. Javier is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer in The Denver Foundation’s 94-year history. He will step down from The Miami Foundation at the end of September to join The Denver Foundation in October. Learn more about Javier at

February 2019

The Denver Foundation is pleased to share the job description and application information for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer.

The President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Denver Foundation reports to the Board of Trustees and is accountable for leading the organization in pursuit of its mission, including executive leadership of the Foundation, its grantmaking, investments and initiatives, stewardship of its current and future donors, and ensuring its financial health and sustainability. The CEO works closely with the Board and The Denver Foundation’s diverse and talented team of 52 staff members to achieve the goals and objectives of the Foundation.

As The Denver Foundation approaches its 100th Anniversary, with plans to move into its own building, this is an outstanding opportunity for a strategic and visionary leader to serve a community experiencing explosive growth and fast changing demographics. The incoming CEO will be a fully invested and an active participant in the Metro Denver community, helping to highlight and address its most pressing problems while working in collaboration with various community stakeholders to be catalysts for the common good. 

Please click here for the full job description, including application information.

December 2018

The Denver Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of the executive search firm Bridge Partners ( to help identify the organization’s next President and CEO. Bridge Partners will work closely with the Foundation’s Search Committee, composed of current and former members of the Board of Trustees and a staff member representative, to conduct a broad search for the Foundation’s next leader.

Click here to read the full announcement.

October 2018 

"The Denver Foundation has begun the process of selecting an executive search firm to assist us in hiring a President/CEO. Completed proposals must be received no later 5:00 p.m. on October 26, 2018. Bidders may be asked to interview with the Search Committee the week of November 5, 2018, and the decision will be announced by November 12, 2018.

For more information, please refer to the CEO Search Firm RFP."

September 12, 2018

We are pleased to share an update on the process to identify the next President and CEO of The Denver Foundation. We have established a search committee that will lead the recruitment process. That group is charged with selecting an executive search firm, seeking input from stakeholders to inform a leadership profile, and making a hiring recommendation to the Board of Trustees.

Two current Trustees will serve as Co-Chairs of the committee: Nita Mosby Tyler, Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees, and Betsy Mangone, a longtime leader in the philanthropic community. The committee includes four additional current Trustees, a former Board Chair, and a member of the staff leadership team. We believe the varied experiences and perspectives of committee members is representative of the interests of the Foundation's broad spectrum of stakeholders.


  • Nita Mosby Tyler, Committee Co-Chair
  • Betsy Mangone, Committee Co-Chair
  • Myra Donovan
  • John Loewy
  • Katie MacWilliams
  • Erika Reyes Martinez
  • Kenzo Kawanabe, former Board Chair
  • Dace West, Vice President of Community Impact

The search committee will begin meeting on or before October 1, with an expected six-month search process. We will send an update to the community when we have engaged an executive search firm, including details about the process and opportunities for stakeholder feedback.

It is important for The Denver Foundation to maintain its commitment to listening during this time of transition. You are welcome to contact our Interim President and CEO, Virginia Bayless, at or 303.300.1790, or to send general feedback to