Dear Friends of The Center on Colfax,
We are sad to announce that Debra Pollock is leaving The Center on Colfax after serving our community for the past 15 years, 10 as the VP of Development and the last 5 as the CEO. Under Deb’s leadership The Center has seen tremendous growth in programming, outreach and impact. Her legacy includes these impressive highlights:
- Led a $3.2 million capital campaign for the purchase and renovation of The Center on Colfax.
- The introduction of the Women’s Giving Circle, which has become one of the organization’s most robust donor circles supporting multiple programs.
- The use of The Center for seminars, exhibits, workshops, and the day-to-day programs that define it as one of the most vibrant centers in the country.
- The dynamic growth of transgender, elder and youth programming.
- The creation of RANGE Consulting to help companies attract and retain LGBTQ talent.
- The creation of the Colorado LGBTQ History Program that captures oral histories.
- Growing Denver PrideFest into one of the largest Pride events in the nation.
While we will miss Deb’s leadership, we are happy for her because she is leaving to follow a dream of hers and her wife Maureen to move to Palm Springs.
When she shared the news with the board, Deb said, “Pride is a word we use often in our work, but there is no greater pride than the one I share with the friends, colleagues, and those we served during my tenure. The Center has grown and flourished as a model for LGBTQ rights and activities across the country. It is a bittersweet departure, but I leave knowing that The Center is well positioned to carry that legacy forward.”
The Board of Directors applauds all that Deb has brought to the organization and the vast accomplishments she leaves behind. We, along with the Senior Management Team and Deb are committed to a seamless transition plan that will include a diligent search for her successor. The Board will select an interim executive director during this transition period. Deb will remain in her role through July 26 and support the transition under contract for a few weeks after.
As co-chairs of the Board, we know that transitions can be difficult but we are committed to making sure The Center continues to meet the ever-evolving needs of the community.
J. Ryann Peyton