Rose Community Foundation is excited to welcome four new members to the staff. These individuals all bring deep community relationships, extensive professional expertise and inspiring track records of service and impact to their roles and to the Foundation’s work to advance inclusive, engaged and equitable Greater Denver communities through values-driven philanthropy.
Brittany comes to the Foundation from Colorado Outward Bound School, where she served as an accounting and finance manager and later as the interim director of finance and administration. An outdoor education enthusiast, she previously worked at Blue Sky Fund in Richmond, Virginia, as an adventure program manager and, most recently, as their operations director. She held previous supervisory and administrative positions at Riverside Outfitters and the YMCA of Greater Richmond. She holds a BA in Anthropology from James Madison University.
Community Impact Officer
VJ Brown has spent his career as a leadership development practitioner and coach supporting a diverse array of leaders looking build their capacity to impact their communities. He previously worked as a program manager and alumni and partnerships manager for Moonshot edVentures, an organization that works to cultivate a community of BIPOC and historically marginalized leaders to launch, improve and sustain schools and programs designed to center and meet the needs of students on the margins. Prior to Moonshot, he served as a program manager at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation focused on the Impact Denver civic leadership development program, diversity and inclusion initiatives, a scholarship program and evaluation metrics for foundation programming. He began his career as an El Pomar Foundation fellow focused on supporting the foundation’s community outreach programs. VJ holds a BA from Davidson College in Africana Studies with a minor in Anthropology. He currently serves on the boards of Colorado Academy and Civic Canopy and has served on grantmaking committees for Colorado Department of Education, AJL Foundation and the Chinook Fund.
As philanthropy advisor, Carmelita Galicia-Munoz stewards and supports the Foundation’s donor-advised fundholders and philanthropic partners. Carmelita joined the Foundation from the STRIVE Prep (now Rocky Mountain Prep) community of public charter schools, where she was an alumni support manager. She previously worked at Donnell-Kay Foundation in various roles with responsibilities in grants management, project management, event management, communications and fiscal management. She was also a high school and post-secondary learner advocate for RESCHOOL, a nonprofit organization that started as an initiative of the Donnell-Kay Foundation. She began her career in conference services and catering sales management with Hotel Monaco and Panzano Restaurant. She holds a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from University of Colorado Denver. She is a member of LatinasGive!, Colorado’s first Latina philanthropic giving circle and has volunteered in the past for New Legacy Charter School, Colorado Leadership Alliance and Latino Community Foundation of Colorado.
Director of Jewish Community Grants and Partnerships
As Rose Community Foundation’s director of Jewish community grants and partnerships, Jacob Rosenblum sources opportunities, develops partnerships and manages grantmaking portfolios and relationships to create positive and measurable impact in the Greater Denver’s Jewish communities. Jacob previously served as an Associate Director at Arabella Advisors managing a portfolio of nonprofit projects to ensure they have the back-office infrastructure necessary to meet their programmatic goals. Prior to joining Arabella, Jacob was a family engagement analyst at Crown Family Philanthropies, where he provided next-generation philanthropic education and managed grantmaking portfolios focused on gun violence prevention, environmental justice and disaster resilience. Jacob also worked at the University of Chicago Urban Labs, performing policy research and program evaluation on housing and homelessness. He holds a BS in Social Policy and Statistics from Northwestern University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois Chicago.