Elsa Holguín to lead Denver Preschool Program

After nearly 22 years at Rose Community Foundation, Senior Program Officer for Child and Family Development Elsa Holguín will be leaving on July 5 to become president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program.

“We are beyond excited for both Elsa and the Denver Preschool Program; it’s a perfect match,” said Rose Community Foundation President and CEO Lindy Eichenbaum Lent.  “We wish Elsa all the best in her new role and greatly appreciate her leadership over more than two decades at the Foundation, an era that has seen tremendous progress in early childhood education.”

Denver Preschool Program’s announcement is below.

Denver Preschool Program Welcomes New President & CEO, Elsa Holguín

Holguín selected for her extensive experience and esteemed reputation within Colorado’s early childhood education community.

DENVER – (June 3, 2019) – Denver Preschool Program (DPP), which champions, funds and increases access to quality preschool across the City and County of Denver, announced today that it has appointed Elsa Holguín as its new president and CEO. She will officially assume her role on July 15, 2019.

Holguín was chosen following a robust, national search led by the DPP board of directors. She has the unanimous support of both the search committee and DPP’s full board.

“I am honored and excited to assume the leadership of this organization that shares my unwavering belief in the power and importance of early childhood education,” said Holguín. “I am completely dedicated to both continuing and building upon DPP’s tradition of helping all Denver families find and pay for preschool, investing in the quality of our local preschool programs and supporting the professional growth of the preschool teachers and other providers who educate and nurture our city’s youngest learners.”

Holguín comes to DPP from Rose Community Foundation, where she has served as the senior program officer for Child & Family Development for the past 21 years. During that time, she oversaw more than $50 million in early childhood development grants, positioning the foundation as a leader in this area. She is also a founding member and the current co-chair of Colorado’s Early Childhood Leadership Commission.

In addition, Elsa has played an instrumental role in the creation of Colorado’s Office of Early Childhood, the Denver Opportunity Youth Investment Initiative, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, Early Milestones Colorado and the Skills to Compete Coalition. She currently chairs the board of Early Milestones Colorado and serves on the boards of the National Early Childhood Funders Collaborative and Tools of the Mind.

“Elsa’s incomparable experience, passion and skills position her perfectly to lead DPP in fulfilling its vision of ensuring that every child in Denver enters kindergarten ready to reach their full potential,” said Zach Hochstadt, chair of DPP’s board of directors. “The value she places on the critical importance of early childhood education – and the role it plays not only in improving the lives of Denver’s children and families, but by extension, the vibrancy of our community as a whole – is in perfect alignment with DPP’s culture and beliefs.”

Holguín replaces Jennifer Landrum, who served as president and CEO of DPP for more than five years prior to stepping down in January. Holguín will work closely with the DPP staff and board to transition into her new role. Interim President and CEO Ellen Braun will resume her position as the organization’s deputy director.

Moving forward, Associate Program Officer Maria Torres will be the primary point person for Child and Family Development. You can contact Maria at 303.398.7436 at mtorres@rcfdenver.org.

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