Vice President of Public Affairs
Sarah Kurz serves as vice president of public affairs for Rose Community Foundation and oversees the communications, outreach, policy and advocacy work of the organization. Advancing the Foundation’s mission by elevating its voice and visibility, Kurz highlights the work of the Foundation, its grantees and philanthropic partners. Kurz also amplifies the Foundation’s thought leadership on policy issues that help to advance inclusive, engaged and equitable Greater Denver communities.
Kurz joined the Foundation in May of 2018 as vice president of communications and outreach. Previously, Kurz was vice president of operations and strategy for LiveWell Colorado, a statewide nonprofit increasing access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. In that role, Kurz provided leadership for LiveWell’s programs, communications and policy activities.
Previously, Kurz served as director of strategic marketing for the City and County of Denver where she was a senior staff member in Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s administration. Prior to that, she was a principal at SE2, providing strategic communications consulting services as well as public policy guidance to a diverse group of nonprofit, foundation, government and private-sector clients.
Kurz is a Denver native and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University. She was a member of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver class of 2020 and the 2008 Impact Denver class. She served as a board member for the New America School for six years and was a mayoral-appointed member of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs for nine years.