New Board Members Welcomed to CEI

May 10, 2018

Three new members have joined the CEI Board of Trustees. Stephanie Donner, Lindsey Padrino, and Veronica Palmer will work closely with CEI’s other board members to set strategic direction and oversee CEI’s progress towards our vision of equitable outcomes for all students in Colorado.

“I am thrilled to welcome these outstanding community leaders who are willing to lend their voice and support to CEI,” said President and CEO Rebecca Holmes. “Each of them brings a deep understanding of system change, a passion for education, and a commitment to Colorado. Between them, we bolster our board’s knowledge on state policy, equity, STEM, community engagement, professional services, law, and advocacy.”

Stephanie F. Donner

CEI Board Member Stephanie Donner

Stephanie F. Donner most recently was Galvanize’s Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer, and Corporate Secretary. While there, she advocated for alternative funding sources for accelerating learning programs, and founded and ran the Galvanize Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that exists to provide access to technology education for traditionally under-represented groups in the tech community. Stephanie was recently recognized as the 2017 9News Leader of the Year and one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women. Stephanie also served as Chief Legal Counsel for Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper.

Lindsey Padrino

CEI Board Member Lindsey Padrino

Lindsey is an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, Lindsey spent several years working in education, including in the New York City public schools as Chancellor’s Special Assistant and as Chief of Staff to the Equality Office. Lindsey graduated from Denver Public Schools and holds both a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Leadership Denver alum and participated in the Quarterly Forum’s Governor’s Fellows program to inform her decisions about how to engage civically.

Veronica Crespin-Palmer

CEI Board Member Veronica Crespin-PalmerVeronica is the co-founder and CEO of RISE-Colorado, an organization that educates and empowers families to advocate for their students in Aurora Public Schools. She has been a teacher, teacher coach, organizer, and social entrepreneur. Veronica was just selected to be one of 20 inaugural members of the Obama Foundation Fellowship. Veronica is a seventh-generation Colorado native who went on to become the first Latina Student Body President at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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