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-3-200x300Chief Financial and Operations Officer: 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:Financial Services Firm
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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Director of Communications:Denver Institute for Faith & Work
Jill leads communications efforts for Denver Institute for Faith & Work, an educational nonprofit based in Denver. Prior to DIFW, Jill was a principal at SE2, a public opinion communications firm, where she crafted messaging and strategic communications to influence public policy 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.



Pamela Harris


President & CEO: Mile High Montessori
Pamela is President & CEO of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers, the oldest and largest provider of subsidized early childhood care and education in Denver. She brings more than 20 years of experience in education program implementation and administration with a focus on early childhood.


Scott Laband

LebandPresident: Colorado Succeeds
As President of Colorado Succeeds, Scott represents over 500,000 Colorado private sector employees in successfully pushing for greater educational outcomes in Colorado schools. In addition to policy expertise, Scott brings over five years of business experience in strategy and marketing.


Evy Valencia Jackson

evy-valencia-jacksonPolicy 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.


Paul Zuckerman

RMP Parent RepresentativePaul Zuckerman ; President of the Parent Leadership Council – RMP Creekside
Paul is a founding parent of Rocky Mountain Prep. He leads the Family Leadership Council to advocate for scholars and families on important issues affecting the RMP community. Paul is a certified public accountant and CFO / Part owner of a Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Company located in Denver.