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SCFD Board of Directors

The SCFD Board of Directors is comprised of eleven members. Board members are chosen by county commissioners in each participating county (in Denver and Broomfield, each respective City Council selects the board member). In addition, four members are appointed by the governor. SCFD board members represent different segments of society, including business, education, government, and foundation management. The board reviews and oversees distribution of SCFD funds.

Jack Finlaw, SCFD BoardJack Finlaw, Chairman: Governor's appointee, is the President and CEO of the University of Colorado of Foundation following a tenure as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor John Hickenlooper. Served as Director of Denver’s Theatres as Arenas Division and as Deputy Chief of Staff during Hickenlooper’s tenure as the Mayor of Denver. In these roles, Mr. Finlaw oversaw the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center, the constructions of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, and the management of Denver’s city-owned venues including the Denver Performing Arts Complex and Red Rocks Amphitheater. He joined the board May 2018. His 1st term expires May 2021.

Rob Johnson, SCFD BoardRob Johnson: Vice-chair, Jefferson County appointee, co-owner Wilson/Johnson Creative graphic design firm and photography studio. Mr. Johnson is a Colorado native and graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado. His service on the Jefferson County Cultural County from 2007-2012 included several years as co-chair and chair. Mr. Johnsonjoinedtheboard April 2, 2013. His 2ndtermexpires December 31, 2019.

Ann Speer, SCFD Board Member

Ann Speer: Treasurer, Douglas County appointee, currently a financial advisor with BCJ Financial Group. Ms. Speer earned her bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Utah and has worked in the banking and finance industry since 1985, primarily in Utah, California, and Colorado. While in California Ann assisted arts and culture organizations in her community. After moving to Colorado, Ann was appointed to the Douglas County Cultural Council and served from 2007-2015, chairing the council from 2011-2015. Shejoinedtheboard March 2016. Her 1sttermexpires March 2019.

Lynn Jeffers, SCFD BoardLynice (Lynn) Jeffers: Secretary, Broomfield County Appointee, Ms. Jeffers served for over eight years on the Broomfield Public Art Committee. As Chairperson, she oversaw the acquisition of 19 public artworks for Broomfield's collection and helped establish two ongoing "Art for Awhile" programs. Nominated by Broomfield for the 2010 SCFD Rex Morgan Award, she has gained recognition as an arts advocate and community volunteer. A third-generation Colorado native, Ms. Jeffers earned her B.S. degree from Colorado State University. She joined the board in March 2014. Her 2ndtermexpires in February 2020.

Councilwoman KendraCouncilwoman Kendra Black, SCFD Board Black: Denver County appointee, was born and raised in southeast Denver a graduate of Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, with a BA in history and political science and an MA in history from the University of Colorado. Her experience includes work in non-profits, education and community outreach. She recently left her job at the University of Colorado Denver where she ran a statewide academic program to serve on Denver City Council. Councilwomen Black joined the board July 23, 2015. Her 1st term expires July 2018.

Ray GonzalesRaymond H. Gonzales: Adams County appointee, has over 22 years of experience encompassing nearly every level of government administration. After parting ways with the U.S. Peace Corps, his roles spanned increasing responsibility from the federal U.S. Department of Labor to New Mexico’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary under the leadership of Governor Richardson. Although he found great success fortifying these agencies, his heart was in his hometown. Following his passion, Raymond relocated and continues his family legacy as a third-generation resident of Adams County, Colorado. He currently serves as County Manager for Adams County, Colorado where he oversees a budget of approximately $514 million that provides direct services for the community through Public Works, Parks and Open Space, Community & Economic Development and Human Services Departments; Administrative functions of Facilities and Fleet, Information Technology, Finance, and Budget and Performance measurement. Of his proudest achievements are a newly dedicated People and Culture Services where he oversees the empowerment of over 2000 employees personal impact, influence and inspiration regardless of title or designation. An ever industrious conductor, Raymond continuously strives for organizational improvement and premier delivery of public art and opportunities to accentuate the culture of an ever increasing diverse community. His 1st term expires January 2022.

Deborah Malden, SCFD Board MemberDeborah Malden: Boulder County appointee, is the Arts & Culture Liaison at the Boulder Chamber. Following a career in the banking and financial sector, she moved to Boulder in the late 1990s. She has served on the Boulder County Cultural Council (2010 – 2015), including two years as chair. She has also volunteered her expertise as a board member of multiple Boulder nonprofit arts organizations, including The Dairy Center ARTS Center, where she served as interim executive director. Deborah is a board member of Social Venture Partners Boulder County, which strengthens Boulder County nonprofits and leverages individual engagement in philanthropy. She joined the board January 2017. 1stterm expires December 2019.

Marcela de la Mar, SCFD BoardMarcela de la Mar: Governor's appointee, is widely recognized leader for her work with diverse communities across Colorado.  Marcela recently stepped down from a 23-year tenure as the Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Center where she oversaw the expansion of cultural programming to hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents.  Her work in reinvesting in the Mexican community in Colorado earned The Mexican Cultural Center the 2017 Mayor’s Award for Cultural Impact. Marcela has also maintained an active roster of boards on which she serves, including the Board of Governors of the Denver Zoo, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Global Chamber Denver.  Past board service has included the Emily Griffith Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Denver Children’s Museum. She joined the board May 2018. Her  1st  term expires May 2021.

Carlos Marinez, SCFD BoardCarlos Martinez: Governors' appointee, is a senior executive with a long track record of leadership, organizational management, and nonprofit expertise.  Currently, Carlos serves as the Executive Director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, with the mission to strength the Latino community of Colorado through community impact, human capital, and philanthropy.  Previously, Carlos was the CEO of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado and the Executive Director of the Fresno Art Museum in Fresno, CA. Currently, he is on the board of the Colorado Health Foundation, Vice President of the Denver Public Library Commission and is an honorary board member of the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. He joined the board on May 2018. His 1st  term expires May 2021.

Kathy Nesbitt, SCFD BoardKathy Nesbitt: Governor's appointee, brings experience in strategic planning, human resource management, and budget development through a varied career that includes senior positions at Kaiser Permanente, the State of Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, and currently at the University of Colorado. As Vice president of Administration at the University of Colorado, she is responsible for a wide range of services including but not limited to, payroll for CU employees, employment policy, and compliance education. Kathy has been recognized for her leadership by the Girl Scouts of America, Governing Magazine, and previously served as a board member for the Denver Children’s Museum, the Bonfils Blood Center, and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce. She joined the board May 2018. Her 1st  termexpires May 2021.

Jake Zambrano, SCFD Board

Jake Zambrano: Arapahoe County Appointee, has specialized in state government relations, public affairs, grassroots advocacy, and political campaign management for over 15 years. He has represented a number of clients at the Colorado General Assembly including Colorado Mesa University, Medtronic, Boehringer – Ingelheim, Extraction Oil and Gas, Community Financial Services Association, Mile High Racing and Entertainment and the Common Sense Policy Roundtable to name a few. Prior to joining EIS Solutions, Jake was a senior manager with two other firms specializing in lobbying, project management,campaigndevelopmentand government affairs. His government experience saw him as the Director of Government Affairs for the Colorado Department of Higher Education, and he served previously as the Director of Operations for former Colorado Governor Bill Owens. Over the years, he has also managed governor, congressional, mayoral, and state legislative campaigns across the Rocky Mountain West. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado. Hejoinedtheboard February 2018. His 1sttermexpires February 2021.
Deborah Jordy, SCFD Executive DirectorDeborah Jordy: Executive Director, A native of Colorado, Deborah Jordy has played a prominent role in the arts and cultural scene for the past 30 years. Ms. Jordy joined the SCFD in December 2016. She is the former Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, the Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and was Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum. She is a trustee of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Americans for the Arts.


If you wish to contact any of the Board members either through mail or email please send information to 899 Logan Street #500, Denver, CO 80203 or scfd@scfd.org. We will send your information on to the Board. SCFD does not distribute Board contact information.