Colorado State University - Pueblo development director named to Leadership Institute

Colorado State University - Pueblo development director named to Leadership Institute

Julie C. Rodriguez, director of development with the Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation, is one of 22 individuals named to National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2010 Executive Leadership Program.

Rodriguez was selected for the 2010 National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), Executive Leadership Program, which provides an opportunity to be part of a national network of Hispanic women who are dedicated to personal integrity, ethical leadership and the highest standards of public service. Rodriguez has served on numerous community and non-profit boards, is a founding board member of Denver’s Latina Chamber and 2003 participant and current board chairwoman of the Circle of Latina Leadership.  Julie was appointed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in 2005 to serve on the Denver Public Library Commission.  She is a recipient of the 2008 Forty Under 40 Award by the Denver Business Journal and received the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Award from Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. 

Rodriguez was selected because of her demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community and the leadership and desire she has displayed to move forward the communities in which she has lived.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a national 501(c) 3 organization based in Washington, D.C., was established to address the underrepresentation of Latinas in the corporate, nonprofit, and political arenas. NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.
For more than 22 years, the NHLI Executive Leadership Program (ELP) has trained hundreds of women through its yearly four-week, intensive leadership training program that spans nine months and is implemented in four cities.
Week 1 San Juan Bautista, CA
Week 2: Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Week 3: Center for Creative Leadership (CCL)
Week 4: Washington, D.C.

Rodriguez will become part of nationwide network of more than 600 Latina leaders who have participated since 1988. The program targets mid-career professional Latinas and utilizes a model that focuses on emphasizing and building on personal strengths. The intensive learning experience provides training in strategic management, public policy, and cultural issues. In addition, each participant mentors at least two other Latinas and completes a leadership project in their communities.

Before joining the CSU-Pueblo Foundation last fall, she was a contractor for the Xcel Energy Foundation, where she assisted with grant making and foundation operations.  Prior to Xcel, she served as the director of public programs for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC), where she was responsible for programs and outreach for the DNC.  As a fundraising, marketing and events management professional, Julie has also worked for the City of Denver, where she developed and managed city-wide cultural initiatives including One Book, One Denver and Doors Open Denver.  She also served as director of annual giving at Colorado School of Mines and Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers and assistant director of student activities at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.