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Maureen McDonald

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Sr. Director, Community Benefit and Relations

Maureen McDonald is the owner of Maureen McDonald, LLC. Previously she was the director of donor relations and major gifts for Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the executive director of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, a position she held for 12 years. Prior to joining the Leadership Foundation, Maureen directed the alumni and development teams at St. Mary’s Academy and University of Colorado at Denver and served as director of community affairs for University Hospital at CU Health Sciences Center.

Maureen enjoys the opportunity to speak to boards of nonprofits about board development and speaks to students on philanthropy and giving back to their communities.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Commission on Community Service (appointed 2009 and re-appointed 2011)
  • 9News Leader of the Year Awards (selectin committee chair)
  • Colorado Association of Funders (board of directors)
  • Colorado Children’s Chorale (board of directors)
  • Denver Mayor’s Commission on Strategic Partnerships (past service)
  • Regis Jesuit High School (past trustee)
  • Denver Mayor’s Workforce Development Board and Executive Committee (past member)
  • Metro Volunteers (board of directors)
  • Rocky Mountain Board for the International Institute of Education (trustee)
  • Colorado Ethics in Business Awards (selection committee, chair)
  • Leadership Council for Escuela de Guadalupe (member)
  • Arrupe Jesuit High School (corporate sponsorship board member)
  • SafeHouse Denver (development committee member)
  • Social Venture Partners (grand making committee member)
  • Colorado Ballet (volunteer)
  • Seeds of Hope (volunteer)
  • Women’s Forum of Colorado (member)
  • Spirituals Project Choir (member)


  • Mile High Girl Scouts, Woman of Distinction (2007)


  • BA with a focus in comparative literature, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Leadership Denver class of 2000
  • Center for Creative Leadership’s 2007 Executive Leadership Program
  • 2008 Senior Executives Program for State and Local Leaders at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard