Colorado Nonprofit Association is proud to announce that Adrienne Mansanares has just been hired as vice president and chief operating officer.
As the Association’s vice president and COO, Mansanares supports the implementation of a strategic plan and manages multiple programs that strengthen the 15,000 active 501(c)3 nonprofits in Colorado.
Prior to joining the Association, Mansanares spent several years in various roles at The Denver Foundation. While at the Foundation, she led the Foundation’s nationally recognized Inclusiveness Project, which engaged metro Denver nonprofits in becoming more inclusive of people of color. She also served as a lead staff representative for the Foundation’s two-year strategic planning process and implementation that involved significant transition in community expectations, funding priorities, staffing responsibilities, grant making structures, budget allocations and programmatic design. Additionally, she directed the Community Leadership program, involving $1 million in grant making and community action strategies.
Mansanares began her nonprofit career at the Community Resource Center where she managed Rural Philanthropy Days, served as editor of the Colorado Grants Guide, and delivered training programs and organized low-income communities. She has a long history of volunteerism. She is an accomplished leader serving as the former board chair for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, cofounder of LatinasGive!, and former board chair of Community Shares of Colorado. She is a 2016 fellow of the University of Denver’s Latino Leadership Institute.
“Adrienne’s leadership, knowledge of Colorado communities, advocacy for inclusiveness, philanthropic connections, and experience implementing strategic direction make her perfect for this position and a wonderful addition to our team,” Colorado Nonprofit Association President & CEO Renny Fagan said. “She will be crucial to supporting the Association as we embark on our new strategic plan to lead Colorado in becoming the nation’s most effective, vibrant and innovative nonprofit community that is essential to the quality of life in our state.”