Kristi Arellano

Director of Communications

Kristi Arellano is responsible for all of the Boettcher Foundation’s communication efforts, or, as she likes to put it “I get to tell people about all the amazing things the Boettcher community is doing.”

Prior to joining the Boettcher Foundation, Kristi spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for “The Denver Post.” As business editor, Kristi worked with reporters to produce stories that earned honors from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the National Association of Real Estate Editors and the Colorado Press Association. As a reporter, she covered business beats including real estate and retail.

Kristi grew up in Pueblo and attended the University of Denver as a Boettcher Scholar. She is thrilled to be a part of the foundation because of the profound impact it had on her own life.

Kristi loves to cook and travel, and if she’s alone in her car, she’s probably listening to the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast. She’s an unapologetic cat lady and will drop everything to pet any small, furry animal she encounters.

Community Involvement:

  • PetAid Colorado, vice president of the board
  • Community College of Denver Foundation, vice president of the board
  • Philanthropy Southwest, communications committee co-chair
  • Project Angel Heart, meal delivery driver
  • Latino Leadership Institute, Class of 2018
  • Leadership Denver, Class of 2016

Favorite Colorado Experience:

Road trips. Whether it was traveling to Mesa Verde in my family’s old Toyota when I was a kid or heading to the mountains with my husband, I never get tired of hitting the road and exploring all Colorado has to offer.

Favorite Book:

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.

With family roots deep in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico, Anaya’s beautiful descriptions of the land and culture of this incredible part of the country truly resonate with me.