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.
Area of Focus: Fundraising, Capacity Building, Strategic 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. Maggie was born and raised in Denver, and has a deep love for this community and dedication to its people.
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. She facilitated high-quality, pro bono, capacity-building engagements between skilled volunteers and local social enterprise organizations, as well as education programming focused on nonprofit management, and professional development opportunities. Maggie created and managed the grant-funded undergraduate restorative justice program on campus, which convened diverse stakeholders for rehabilitation of students who had violated campus policies using collaborative reconciliation and collective decision-making. Earlier on in her career, she worked for a law firm representing whistleblowers to investigate fraud against governmental entities across the U.S.
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, recently completed the Impact Denver leadership program with the Denver Chamber Leadership Foundation, and is an active volunteer with her community meditation center.
Maggie holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Social 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.