Vice President of Advancement and Foundation CEO, Colorado Mountain College

Kristin Heath Colon


Kristin Colon was named Vice President of Advancement and Foundation CEO of Colorado Mountain College (CMC) in September 2015. CMC is an eleven-campus enterprise covering 12,000 square miles of Colorado’s Western Slope offering bachelor and associate degrees and certificate programs. CMC has provided more than 500,000 students an affordable, inclusive and innovative education since 1967.
In her role as Vice President of Advancement, Kristin oversees fundraising, marketing, communications and alumni relations for the college and serves on the President’s executive leadership team.

Prior to her role at CMC, Kristin served as the President & CEO of the Denver Public Schools Foundation from March 2009 to December 2015. The DPS Foundation is Denver Public Schools’ fundraising partner; generating resources, building relationships and championing public education to impact system-wide student achievement. In her role, Kristin oversaw the strategy, operations and fundraising for the Foundation; managing a $13.5M annual budget and fourteen DPS Foundation staff members. Kristin also served as a member of the DPS Foundation’s Board of Directors and of Superintendent Tom Boasberg’s Senior Leadership Team.

Under Kristin’s leadership, the DPS Foundation’s support of DPS students and the district grew exponentially with revenue increasing by 125% from $6.6M to $14.9M in the past five years. Total assets are $12.1M, an increase of 90% since 2009. This growth earned the DPS Foundation national prominence. In February 2012 the DPS Foundation was ranked the #2 public school foundation in the country in a national study by Dewey & Associates which analyzed foundations serving the nation’s 50 largest school districts and the role they play in supporting and advancing district progress and student achievement.

Kristin’s fundraising background is rich in support for public education. She spent 14 years at the University of Colorado (CU) Foundation, where she held multiple roles in support of Colorado Athletics and student athletes from 1992-2006. These roles included Annual Fund Director, Director of Major Gifts, Director of Development and ultimately the honor and title of Assistant Athletic Director. Kristin served as a member of the Athletic Department’s Game Day Operations and Marketing Team for four different Athletic Directors during her tenure at CU.

In addition to her roles with the DPS Foundation and CU Foundation, Kristin has served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Além International and as Director of Donor Relations for Mile High United Way. Kristin has also enjoyed working on a variety of political campaigns in Colorado, Missouri and California.

Kristin is a past Chair of the Colorado School Foundations Association, and former member of the Board of Directors for the Denver Afterschool Alliance, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and the Young Philanthropists Foundation and is a member of the Colorado Women’s Forum. She is a proud 2009 recipient of the “Torch of Liberty Award” from the Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League and was named one of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women” in 2015.

Kristin graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. At Scripps she was the college’s first four-year letter winner in soccer, earning all-conference recognition.

Born in Germany, Kristin graduated from Fairview High School in Boulder. She is married to Eric Colon, and they have two sons: Heath (16) and Davis (13)