Who We Are


The Gary Team

From the classroom to the board room and even the state capitol, we are committed to using our diverse experience to support Colorado kids and families.

There are two equally important aspects to philanthropy as I view it. One is financial in the ability to make dollars available to help solve community problems. The other, perhaps harder to measure, but no less significant, is the devotion of time, energy and attention to assure that the financial resources carry with them the commitment of personal involvement.”

Sam Gary1984 Annual Report

Board of Directors

Sam Gary
Dave Younggren
Founding Director
Nancy Gary
Founding Director
Rob Gary
Founding Director
Chris Watney
Board Chair
Founder, People & Possibilities
Luis Duarte
Vice Chair
Partner, Imaginable Futures
Tom Gougeon
At-Large Director
President, Gates Family Foundation
Jim Kelley
At-Large Director
Managing Director & Co-Founder, Vestar Capital Partners
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Hollie Velasquez Horvath
At-Large Director
Regional Vice President, State Affairs & Community Relations, Xcel Energy

The Gary Team

Mike Johnston
President & CEO
Ami Desai
Chief Operating Officer
Chyrise Harris
Vice President, Communications
Santhosh Ramdoss
Chief Investment Officer
Eric Parrie
Vice President, Builds
Annabel Arroyo
Executive Assistant
Emily Baron
Director of Strategy, Builds
Rodney Bautista
Senior Data Analyst
Jack Bulger
Manager, Operations & IT
Perla Bustillos
Entrepreneur in Residence
Karly Clark
Controller, Builds
Steffanie Clothier
Director, School Readiness
TeRay Esquibel
Entrepreneur in Residence
Algernon Felice Jr.
Senior Producer, Video & Multimedia
Brian Firooz
Manager, Family Economic Mobility
Mary Gerlach
Senior Brand & Integrated Marketing Manager, Builds
Elise Henson
Senior Manager of Programs & Partnerships, Builds
Brian Hiatt
Director of Technology, Builds
Ashley Hill
Corporate Counsel
Will C. Holden
Director, Communications & Storytelling
James Lukens
Director of Operations, Builds
Lana Martin
Payroll & Benefits Manager
Zach Martinez
Corporate Counsel, Builds
Angie McPhaul
Director, Youth Success
Sara Nadelman
Manager, Youth Success
Smit Naik
Director, Impact Investing
Vilan Odekar
Director, Programs & Strategy
Rebecca Peterson
Program Manager, Strategic Policy & Philanthropy
Joshua Posner
Performance Manager, Builds
Liloni Ramos
Manager, Piton Fellowship
Lori Schatz
Senior Finance Assistant
Amanda Skrzypchak
Director, Strategy & Talent
Julie Stone
Director, Family Economic Mobility
Catherine Toner
Director, Impact Investing
Cathy Trom
Robyn Tsukayama
Director, People & Strategic Operations
Jack Wagner
Operations IT Apprentice, IT Helpdesk
Emily Williams
Director, Funder Alliances
Sydney Wu
Product Manager, Builds

Join Us in Reshaping the Arc of Opportunity

We’re not simply stewards of Sam and Nancy Gary’s capital. We’re executors of their bold and daring vision. Every day, they inspire us to work together with our community to co-create breakthrough solutions to challenging problems. Come work with us!

Discover New Possibilities

Together, we will create the change our community wants to see. Whether you want to discover more about our ventures, or connect with a member of our team, we want to hear from you.