Vice President of Community Impact
Christiano Sosa has served Coloradans for 25 years in both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. In his previous position as The Arc of Colorado’s executive director, he led public policy efforts to promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities while managing a statewide membership organization with 14 local chapters. He also spent 12 years at The Denver Foundation where, as director of capacity building and philanthropic partnerships, he established grantmaking programs for donor-directed grants and oversaw the technical assistance grantmaking program. A member of the Regis University faculty for 13 years, Sosa has taught courses on philanthropy and asset-based community development. As a former executive director of the Northern Colorado AIDS Project, he worked to equitably meet the evolving needs of people affected by HIV and other health conditions through prevention, care and advocacy. Sosa also previously served as a Gill Foundation program officer, a regional prevention specialist at Rocky Mountain Center for Health Education & Promotion, and as Project Angel Heart’s director of client services.
Sosa is currently a trustee for the University of Denver’s Iliff School of Theology and the Colorado Disability Partnership. He previously served as board president of Mi Casa Resource Center, chair of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships commission and a board member of Social Venture Partners Denver. A former Colorado Trust Fellow, he was named the 2011 Man of the Year by the Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber. Sosa has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Colorado State University and a masters in nonprofit management from Regis University.