Renny Fagan is the President and CEO of Colorado Nonprofit Association. With 1,300 member nonprofit organizations statewide, the Association provides knowledge resources and advocates for the entire nonprofit sector. Renny is a former state legislator, director Colorado Department of Revenue, deputy attorney general, and state director for U.S. Senator Ken Salazar. He serves on Colorado Commission on Higher Education (Vice-Chair), and the boards of Mile High United Way, Colorado Channel Authority, Metro Denver Leadership Foundation and Colorado CPA Society. A Colorado native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Northwestern University.
Abby is Vice President and Chief Impact Officer with Colorado Nonprofit Association. She is passionate about making a difference in her community, volunteering, creating space for social change, and pickling. Yes, pickling. Abby moved to Colorado in 2006. A Michigan native, she has worked within the nonprofit sector since her time at Western Michigan University where she earned degrees in family studies and holistic health care. Over the past 15 years, Abby has overseen arts education programs in partnership with the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; worked with the State Historical Fund to restore landmark buildings; managed programs at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center; helped form MeadowGrass Music Festival; and served as Executive Director for both FutureSelf and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, where she most recently led their merger with the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Abby is an alum of Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program and a recipient of the Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star award. In 2016, Abby was selected as one of twelve nonprofit and philanthropic leaders under the age of 40 for the national American Express and Independent Sector’s NGen Fellows Program. She has served on multiple nonprofit advisory and governing boards.
Dr. Ellen Winiarczyk is the Academic Director and Teaching Assistant Professor for University College’s newest master’s program in Nonprofit Leadership. She teaches leadership, history of philanthropy and civil society, and other courses in the program. For 20 years, Dr. Winiarczyk was a leadership, diversity and strategic planning consultant for national and local nonprofit organizations. She served in Washington State government for 10 years in grants management, workforce development, environmental regulation, and youth programs. As an adjunct faculty at Regis University for 6 years, she developed graduate and undergraduate coursework in the history of philanthropy and civil society. She is an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership and is trained in MBTI, Workplace Big 5, FIRO-B, and several 360 degree leadership assessments. She uses Vertical Development in her work and has trained executive leaders and managers for the U.S. Department of Interior agencies and other leadership, learning and development programs.
Tiffani Lennon, JD, LL.M, Executive Director, Colorado Center on Law & Policy. Tiffani served as president and CEO of Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation since 2017, and prior she was the chief strategy officer of Ability Connection Colorado. Lennon also held leadership positions at the University of Denver from 2007-2014 including chair and faculty in the Law and Society and Community-Based Research programs. Lennon developed and led internationalization efforts where she served as a visiting lecturer in southeast Asia and southern Africa, teaching in the areas of law and economic development. Before her academic career, Lennon was a community-based lawyer and helped to frame strategic litigation to systematically address rights violations, and has authored several policy reports with national implications.
Lennon has received numerous public and private grants to conduct research and policy analysis including a national study on women’s leadership across 14 sectors. Her book, Recognizing Women’s Leadership: Strategies and Best Practices for Employing Excellence, examines where women sit in leadership roles and how well they are performing compared to their male counterparts.
Lennon earned juris doctor and master degrees in the United States before receiving her LL.M. from the University of London, Birkbeck College of Law with distinctions in international finance law. Her dissertation topic focused on feminist political economics in South Africa.