Board of Directors

Lee White – Board Chair

Lee White

Executive Vice President & Manager, George K. Baum & Company
Lee participates in a number of professional and civic organizations and has served as a Trustee of the Colorado Historical Society, the Greater Denver Corporation and is a member of the Colorado Forum and the Mile High Club. He was Chairman of the Clayton Foundation and President & CEO of the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation. White was elected to the Denver Board of Education in 1996 and served for four years. He served as Chair of the Denver Public Schools Pro-Comp Trust and as Chair of Downtown Denver Inc. for two years.



Rich Billings

billings1.headshot-3-200x300Partner, Charter School Growth Fund
Rich is the Chief Operating Officer at the Charter School Growth Fund (“CSGF”). Prior to joining CSGF, Rich served as CFO of Rocketship Education and previously worked as a consultant, high school math teacher, and Broad Resident.


Pat Donovan

Donovan1-2Vice President, Revolution Foods
Pat has more than 20 years of management and executive leadership experience. Prior to assuming his current role as Vice President – Business Development for Revolution Foods, Pat was a Vice President with Aon-Hewitt, the world’s largest human capital consulting firm, and Vice President at Vail Resorts, where he oversaw operations for guest services, finance, marketing, sales, retail, food and beverage, and human capital.


Justin Fong


Creative Director, Bridgewater Associates
Justin is the Creative Director at a large financial services firm. Prior to, Justin served in a variety of senior leadership roles within education non-profits including Harlem Village Academies, Building Excellent Schools and Teach for America. He launched his teaching career as a middle school teacher in a Harlem and has served on the CMO board of directors for Democracy Prep Public Schools.


Jill Hamilton

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Independent Consultant
Jill is an independent consultant who helps organizations build organizational capacity and expertise in persuasive communications. She previously served as director of communications for Denver Institute for Faith & Work and as a principal at SE2, a public opinion communications firm. She brings expertise in crafting messaging and strategic communications to influence public issues in Colorado.


Taggart Hansen


Chief Counsel for Labor & Employment, CH2M Hill
A product of the Denver Public School System, Taggart attended DPS schools from 1st grade through his graduation from Denver’s East High School. Upon attaining his double major in Political Science and Black World Studies from Miami University of Ohio, and his JD from the Yale Law School, he returned to Colorado to start and raise his family.

Evy Valencia Jackson

evy-valencia-jacksonSenior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and Research for Governor John Hickenlooper
Evy provides policy and legislative analysis, communications guidance, political strategy, and general support on issues related to education and human services to Governor Hickenlooper. She is also the Colorado Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States, and is an appointee to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.