06 Dec Two Colorado Leaders Appointed to Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees
DENVER, December 6, 2017 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that David Miller and Rick Pederson have been appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees beginning in January of 2018. Both Miller and Pederson bring extensive knowledge of our Colorado communities as well as specialized expertise in finance, investment, nonprofits, and philanthropy.
Comprised of some of Colorado’s most dynamic business and community leaders, the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for supporting and guiding the Foundation in its mission of investing in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans.
“In addition to their wealth of experience and specialized knowledge, Rick and David are dedicated Coloradans with a deep appreciation for our state and its communities,” said Russell George, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are honored that they are bringing their talents and commitment to the Boettcher Foundation.”
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 March of 2016. The mission of the Barton Institute is “to address major social issues and improve society by promoting and enhancing traditional and new forms of philanthropy, social enterprise, and partnerships among the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors.”
Before joining the Barton Institute, Miller 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 well over $700 million and donors contributed more than $1 billion to The Denver Foundation as a vehicle for their charitable giving.
Miller is a Denver native and a fifth-generation Denverite. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. Since then, he has worked in all three sectors: public, private, and nonprofit.
“I am honored to be part of a foundation that has had such a profound impact on our state and its people,” Miller said. “I am particularly pleased to join such a committed and talented group of Trustees who are dedicated to supporting the individuals and nonprofits who are working hard and giving back in our state.”
Rick Pederson is partner and chair of the advisory committee at Bow River Capital Partners, a Denver-based private equity firm that acquires interests in middle-market business services companies. Bow River is also a sponsor of real estate and energy investment funds.
Pederson was born in Denver and grew up in Lakewood. After earning BSBA, MSBA and JD degrees from the University of Denver, he began his career at Harbridge House, a Boston management consultancy company. Pederson returned to Denver and soon after founded Ross Consulting Group, providing real estate-related counsel to private and public clients worldwide. Subsequently, he created and managed a number of successful real estate co-investment funds as president of Foundation Properties Inc.
He is a board member of several publicly-traded investment vehicles including the Westcore Mutual Funds complex, ALPS ETF Trust and Principal Real Estate Income Fund. His community involvement includes board positions with the National Western Stock Show Association and History Colorado.
“The Boettcher family made a significant mark on Colorado, and I’m pleased to help continue their legacy,” Pederson said. “I am looking forward to engaging with the Foundation, its Trustees, and staff as we continue Boettcher’s good work state-wide.”
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About the Boettcher Foundation:
At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come.