David Miller

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David Miller is executive director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise at the University of Denver, a position he has held since 2016. The mission of the Barton Institute is to develop or enhance projects that demonstrably improve life for people in Colorado facing difficult challenges.

Before joining the Barton Institute, David was president and CEO of The Denver Foundation, the oldest and largest community foundation in the Rocky Mountain region. Under his leadership, the assets of The Denver Foundation grew from $58 million to more than $700 million and donors contributed over $1 billion to The Denver Foundation as a vehicle for their charitable giving.

David is a fifth-generation Denverite. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. David has worked in all three sectors: public, private and nonprofit.

David and his wife, Lisa Farber Miller, have two children and four grandchildren.

Community Involvement:

  • Helen Bonfils Foundation, board member
  • Denver Center for the Performing Arts, investment committee member
  • University of Denver’s Impact 2025 Grand Challenges, working group member

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Hiking and skiing with multiple generations of his family.

Fun Fact:

An avid music fan, David saw the Beatles at Red Rocks when he was 10 and saw Jimi Hendrix at the Regis College Field House when he was 13.