dzavala@milehighconnects.org

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O: (303) 996-6495

Area of Focus: Housing, Economic Opportunities, Strategic Partnerships, Fundraising

Deyanira “Deya” Zavala

Executive Director

As Executive Director, Deyanira Zavala leads the development and implementation of Mile High Connects’ strategic direction. She is responsible for fundraising and relationship management to advance the Mile High Connects collective priorities. 

Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Deyanira dedicated her career to supporting aspiring Black, Latinx and immigrant entrepreneurs in Colorado and Texas as a pathway to community asset & wealth building. She also brings national experience having worked with NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, where she facilitated a variety of community economic development projects in support of member organizations, including resource development and capacity building activities.

Deyanira is the first in her family to graduate from high school and college, holding a Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington. Deyanira is trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator and alumni of the NALCAB Fellowship and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Elevate Fellowship programs. She currently serves as a Governor appointee to the RTD Accountability Committee, Reimagine RTD Community Advisory Group, All-In Denver Board, and the Denver COVID-19 Mobility Task Force. 

 

mlea@milehighconnects.org

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O: (720) 758-9893

Area of Focus:  Fundraising, Capacity Building, Strategic Partnerships

Margaret “Maggie” Lea

Grants Manager

Maggie is responsible for advancing our collaborative work through data & evaluation, communications, and collective support and investment, and she plays a key role in cultivating and sustaining local and regional partnerships. Maggie has over ten years of project management, facilitation, stakeholder engagement, programming, event planning, and assessment experience. She is a trained facilitator, mediator and conflict coach with a passion for helping teams stay accountable to their goals with heightened awareness of how they operate. 

Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Maggie worked as Program Director with Social Venture Partners (SVP) Denver, where she developed, implemented and managed strategic programming with SVP members, nonprofits, funders and consultants to drive impact in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Maggie currently serves on the board at Sunshine Homeshare, a Denver nonprofit that promotes aging in place for older adults through a care-managed home-sharing model that also provides untapped affordable housing opportunities for younger home seekers. 

Maggie holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Duke University, where she was a Division 1 scholarship starter on the Women’s Soccer team. She also holds a Master’s of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Maggie was born and raised in Denver, and has a deep love for this community and dedication to its people.

 

mturner@milehighconnects.org

Area of Focus: Programming, Policy Advocacy, Research & Strategy, Project Management 

Morgan Turner

Program Officer

As our newest team member, Morgan will build MHC’s capacity to improve our overall outcomes and objectives, managing our Equitable Development program campaigns, including neighborhood and regional planning, equitable capital investment, community-owned real estate and community benefit agreements. Morgan will be responsible for cultivating our network of partners to drive collective impact in our region. 

Morgan is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, where she earned her Master’s of Public Health. Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Morgan worked with the City of Fort Collins’ FC Moves department, focusing on transportation equity, community engagement, and program adaptation to become more culturally responsive. Additionally, Morgan has experience providing educational outreach and group facilitation to a wide variety of audiences as well as program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

 

Steering Committee

Mile High Connects is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of our core partners. These include:


  • http://9to5.org/home/
  • https://www.wellsfargo.com
  • http://www.urbanlandc.org
  • http://www.coloradohealth.org
  • http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/where-we-work/denver
  • https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/html/kaiser/index.shtml
  • https://www.usbank.com/index.html
  • http://www.rcfdenver.org
  • https://www.efirstbank.com
  • http://www.nbfamilyfoundation.org
  • http://www.piton.org/piton-foundation
  • http://www.denverfoundation.org
  • http://www.gatesfamilyfoundation.org
  • https://www.fordfoundation.org

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