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Jim Chavez

Board Secretary


Jim is the executive director of Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF). LAEF is a Colorado-based nonprofit, providing college assistance and guidance to Colorado’s Latino students and their families, including direct scholarship support. Established in 1949, LAEF is Colorado’s oldest Latino nonprofit.

Prior to his appointment as executive director, Jim served on the board of directors for LAEF. Jim has dedicated much of his professional life working for education related causes. As a board member and staff member of Colorado Student Obligation Bond Authority, Jim was instrumental in creating Colorado’s first prepaid college tuition program, which became known as CollegeInvest and then worked across the country to develop and implement numerous state college savings programs or Section 529 plans. He began his career as a certified public accountant with the firm Ernst & Young.

Jim is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of many organizations, including Denver Housing Authority, Clayton Early Learning Center and Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Corporation and University of Northern Colorado. He is a graduate of Colorado State University.