In April 2019, Deyanira Zavala will step into her newest role as Executive Director with Mile High Connects. Ms. Zavala joined our team as a Program Coordinator to oversee the implementation and execution of MHC’s workplan by creating and managing partnership opportunities and tracking workplan deliverables. She focuses on MHC’s Business, Local Workforce, and Middle Skilled Jobs and MHC’s Affordable Fares priority areas, as well as MHC’s gentrification/anti-displacement efforts.
Prior to joining Mile High Connects, Deyanira served as Program Coordinator at Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, a Community creating mobility in people’s lives through entrepreneurs. In this role, Deyanira implemented the organization’s Post Boot Camp program, dedicated to support entrepreneurs with continued mentorship and one-on-one coaching. Deyanira has also served as the Business Assistance Center Manager with Business and Community Lenders of Texas and Program Coordinator with NALCAB- National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, where she facilitated a variety of projects in support of NALCAB member organizations, including resource development and capacity building activities.
Deyanira holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Deyanira is trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator and alumni of the NALCAB Fellowship and Young Nonprofits Professional Network Elevate Denver fellowship program.
Angela Davis joined the team in December 2018 as our new Director of Operations at Mile High Connects. In this role, Angela will Angela is an advocate, humanitarian & hopeful optimist dedicated to positive change. She’s passionate about helping people to dream big and back it up with meaningful action.
Throughout her career, Angela has advocated for community engagement and cultural transformation within organizations across a wide range of industries – from the manufacturing industry where she planned and promoted Hot Pockets® products during the day and volunteered after work to share that marketing experience with business-minded 8th graders in underserved schools; to planning and promoting culturally positive member experiences at the Denver Botanic Gardens as one the first Persons of Color in the event management role. From educating people living with arthritis how to coexist in harmony with their disease through self-help and self-care, to educating individuals of color and nonprofits seeking diversity, how to coexist in harmony with each other through civic engagement on boards. This multitude of seemingly unconnected occupations has fostered an unusual combination of interests and skills that she considers her strength.
An internationally-traveled Colorado transplant, a Salvation Army Volunteer of the Year, Angela holds a B.A. in Business from Columbia College, and Change Management Certification. She believes in bringing her whole self to the table and is looking forward to finding a home in Mile High Connects and bringing the very best of what she’s living and learning.