Julie Lerudis

Director of Finance and Grants

Julie Lerudis currently serves as the foundation’s director of finance and grants. In that role, Julie is responsible for developing and implementing the foundation’s grantmaking and programming strategy. Prior to this work, Julie spent nine years as director of the Boettcher Foundation’s grants program and one year as a program officer.

Julie is a CPA with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and project management in the nonprofit, healthcare and real estate sectors. Before joining the Boettcher Foundation in 2007, Julie was an auditor at Kundinger, Corder & Engle in Denver—a firm that specializes in nonprofit accounting.

Julie was born and raised in New Mexico, and graduated with honors from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She has called Colorado home for more than 20 years but still believes that New Mexico’s Hatch green chile has Colorado beat. (Pueblo is a close second!)

Julie enjoys camping and hiking with husband, daughter, son and crazy dog.

Community Involvement:

  • Denver Urban Renewal Authority; commissioner/vice-chair
  • Social Venture Partners

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Visiting old Cow Town in Saguache, staying at the Movie Manor Hotel/Theater in Monte Vista, Snowshoeing to the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse Yurt outside of Leadville for one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and hiking Colorado’s many fourteeners.

Fun Fact:

I was in the original “Red Dawn movie in 1983. That was the beginning and end of my acting career.