Groundwork Denver Welcomes New Executive Director

Groundwork Denver is pleased to announce that Cindy Chang has been named Executive Director.

Cindy possesses an analytical mind and has experience with project management and execution,
fundraising, and organizational development. She is an agile leader with a proven ability to navigate complex systems of private, public, and nonprofit partnerships and is certain to provide Groundwork Denver with outstanding direction and success.

“The executive director search process has enabled Cindy to step out of her role of managing into envisioning herself as a leader,” Julia Richman, Groundwork Denver Board President said. “The search committee, staff and our consultants saw a lot of poise in the way Cindy stepped into the leadership opportunity and are excited for what’s to come.”

Cindy earned her bachelor of arts in sociology and environmental studies from Tufts University before receiving her master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a master of business administration from the Yale School of Management.

Cindy has led financial and program management efforts throughout her entire career. In previous roles, Cindy helped growth-stage nonprofits achieve project outcomes, develop and implement their visions, raise funds, and engage internal and external stakeholders.

In addition to having nonprofit management, community engagement, and donor development experience Cindy is familiar with the work and mission of Groundwork Denver, with her involvement in the organization spanning out over the course of almost a decade.

“In the last eight years serving Groundwork Denver in a number of positions, including volunteer, board and staff member, I have had the privilege of learning about the organization and the issues it faces, inside and out,” Cindy said. “I know its capacity to succeed is great, and I am confident in my long-term vision to achieve success. Groundwork Denver is in a unique position to make a tangible impact on the physical health of individuals and the environmental security of the communities we serve.”

The Groundwork Denver board of directors and staff would like to extend our utmost gratitude to preceding executive director, Wendy Hawthorne, for her service and commitment to our mission and look forward to continuing the pursuit of ensuring everyone has equal access to a clean and healthy environment under Cindy’s direction.

To meet Cindy in person, please join us for our annual Martin Luther King Jr., Day of Service. For more details, click here.