Dani McLeod

Policy, Communications and Evaluation Coordinator

Dani’s move to the Foundation was an intentional career change. After years in financial services, she was pulled toward work that felt more connected to her community and her adopted home of Colorado. At the Foundation since 2015, she has been able to live out her personal commitment to the people of Colorado through her work on three of our teams: Communications, Learning and Evaluation, and Policy.

Dani’s ability to organize and multitask — and make it all look easy — sets her apart from the rest of the staff. In her current role, she is a conduit between departments, which exposes her to a wide variety of projects and gives her unique visibility into the Foundation’s work. Whether it’s organizing a convening for Policy, working on a research project for Learning and Evaluation, or managing events for Communications, she says that her work is refreshing and dynamic.

Attending the Colorado Health Symposium was a highlight of her time here so far. Seeing our Philanthropy team in action and being a part of the public conversation about health were both affirming and inspiring.

A native of Connecticut, Dani has been in Colorado for 15 years, where she truly walks the walk when it comes to an outdoor lifestyle. She’s happiest when her feet are on a trail or a ski slope, she has left her car far behind, and she can simply appreciate the beauty of our state. Dani volunteers as a naturalist for the Audubon Society of Greater Denver and on trail crews in Jefferson County open space. She balances walking, hiking, skiing and exploring with a serious love for Skittles, although, she notes, her healthiest (and somewhat related) habit is flossing.

Dani values every opportunity she has to make a difference in her community, whether in her neighborhood, in Colorado’s open spaces or in her multifaceted role at the Foundation.


BA English — University of Rhode Island

“As a Colorado transplant, I feel really good making a commitment to the community that I’ve adopted as my own.”
Dani McLeod - 2017 Staff Photo