Curtis L. Esquibel

Director of Communications & Community Engagement

Curtis Esquibel leads the Boettcher Foundation’s strategic communications, ensuring that the Foundation is effectively and consistently engaging with its diverse stakeholders. A connector, Curtis believes profoundly in the power of philanthropy and education to alter lives, impact communities, and enhance leadership practice.

Before joining Boettcher, Curtis served as the Associate Director of the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver, where he led the fellowship and alumni programs in addition to overseeing organizational communications. Prior to the LLI, Curtis spent 15 years working in college access and secondary education as a program director, fundraiser, outreach lead, college advisor, and teacher. Curtis also wrote professionally for several newspapers in Colorado and California early in his career.

He earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MPA from the CU Denver School of Public Affairs.  A proud Colorado native, Curtis lives in Adams County with his wife, Rosemary, a registered nurse, and their two children, Adilene, 8, and Sammy, 14.

Community Involvement:

  • Board Member (Vice Chair), Rocky Mountain Partnership
  • Advisory Board, Colorado Media Project
  • Core Team, The Institute for Science & Policy, Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Leadership Council, Prosper Colorado
  • GOLD Alumni Board, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs
  • Former Board Member, College Track Colorado
  • Former Board Member, College Horizons
  • Youth sports coach

Favorite Colorado Experience:

#1a: Being outdoors with my family anywhere in our amazing state; #1b: A Saturday evening in Folsom Field or the CU Events Center rooting on the Buffaloes.

Favorite Quote:

“You only have what you give. It’s by spending yourself that you become rich.” – Isabel Allende