The Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado Alumni Association is comprised of over 300 graduates and some of Colorado’s most influential up and coming leaders. Upon graduation from our programs, graduates are welcomed into one of the most active and recognized African American professional networks Denver has to offer.

As an association, our goal is to provide alumni with an invaluable network, continuing education, community involvement and leadership/professional advancement opportunities.

Alumni Found: 24

Dr. Ryan Ross

CEO - Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado

Dr. Ryan E. Ross is an educator, speaker, and actualization coach, committed to access, equity, and the development of leaders.

Jason Delancy

Real Estate Agent, Father's Against Madness Founder, Cable Tech/Electrician, Stand Up Comedian, Actor/Writer/Director

Jason Delancy is a broker associate at Keller Williams Integrity, a firm that specializes in all aspects of residential real estate in Denver Colorado. Jason is a Denver, CO. native and graduate of Colorado Film School, where he received degrees in Writing, Acting and Directing.

Theo Chapman

Proposal Engineer at Custom Instrumentation Services Corporation (CiSCO)

Mechanical Engineering Professional with diversified background in systems design, surface and solution mining support, consulting, project management, field assignments, procurement, innovative engineering solutions, and communication.  Highly motivated Leader and Community Servant with ability to inspire contemporary business activities, quickly learn new concepts and practices, accomplish timely results, build relationships, initiate change, maximize profitability, empower people, and mentor students.

Carla D. Coburn

IT Manager - Client Services

Customer Service and Collaboration are key drivers that generate passion in my work. I have worked in the government sector for the last 15 years with ten of those years being in a "start-up" city which played to my interest in new projects and pioneering new initiatives. My emphasis is in the area of Information Technology, where I gained much of my skill in project management, applications, telephony, desktop support to name a few. I was promoted to management and successfully transitioned (within one year) a contracted IT department to a fully staffed Operations team which includes Applications, Network, Database Administration, Service Desk, and the future addition of Web Services. I'm not the typical IT professional who works only with machines, but I enjoy working with the clients. My management skills, along with the technical and communications background, empowers me to be an effective liaison between clients and IT staff. I can bring the very technical speak to relatable knowledge for an end user. My top five strengths are Learner, Intellection, Achiever, Relator and Belief, which quickly states that I am an honest leader who collaborates with others and focuses on getting the job done successfully.

Betty Hart

Manager of the Experiential Learning Team for Kaiser Permanente's Arts Integrated Resources

I am a professional facilitator, actor, director, and voice over artist.
I use the gift of listening and connection to bring people together. In facilitation, I help find the wisdom in the room. There is always wisdom in every room. Are we hearing that wisdom? Often we aren't, because an atmosphere must be created so that people are free to speak and diverse voices can be heard.

Jessica M . Newton


CEO/President of an Energy firm called Obsidian International Power. Executive board member of American Association of Blacks in Energy. Committee member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Denver. Past Executive board member for 2.5 years with the Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA). CO-Founder of Black Girls Hike (BGH). Honoree of the Presidents Award 2017 for Colorado Black Women for Political Action.CO-Founder of Collaborative Healing Initiative with Communities (C.H.I.C.) Awarded Class Engagement of The Year 2016 for Urban Leadership Foundation. Project Manager of the year of 2010 for the Urban Green Jobs Initiative.

Danielle S. Johnson

Law Student

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Jasmine Elizabeth

Social Entrepreneur

Jasmine Elizabeth is a creative consultant and professional strategist with a focus on organizational development, branding and administrative support for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She also has a sincere passion for the growth and advancement of community, women and youth focused initiatives. Self-aware and curious, she seeks to empower others to be their authentic self, comfortable in their own skin, and ready to take their place in our community and the world.

Michelyn Johnson

Project Manager

Michelyn Johnson is currently working at Denver Public Schools as a Project Manager with the Office of Family and Community Engagement. Michelyn is a strong advocate of closing the education gap for minority students as well as the diversity gap between students and teachers within Denver Public Schools. She has helped to build relationships with a number of Historically Black Institutions and their College of Education to bring in more teachers that are diverse to DPS. Michelyn is currently working on a student to teacher pipeline to get DPS students to return in teaching roles when they graduate from college. Her professional interest focuses on diversity within Denver Public Schools and ensuring students of color are not left behind academically.

Miguel Mendoza-Hall

Senior IT Process Consultant

An organized, highly motivated, versatile, team player possessing necessary analytic, communication and leadership skills
▪ 15 years of experience in the IT industry with in-depth knowledge of IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL V3), IT Service Management (ITSM), Business Service Management (BSM), BMC Remedy ITSM and ServiceNow
▪ Planned and implemented IT projects and process improvements while leading multiple teams to achieve project goals
▪ Direct ITSM process, strategy and tool implementation consulting experience

Lisa Saladino Garife

Founder & CEO, Click Bridge Marketing & Director, National Accounts, Global Cynergies

I love people. Plain and simple. The end.

Lisa Young

Human Resources Business and Strategy Partner

A Certified Human Resources Professional that is well- accomplished in all functional areas of the profession. The extensive knowledge that she possesses allows her to successfully navigate the complex issues that emerge in every organization. Her vast professional experiences contributes to her ability to thrive at balancing the needs and goals of the organization and the workforce. Her knowledge of employment law, and her analytical abilities to align actions with outcomes equips her to be the ideal candidate to work with the leadership in your organization to execute on its’ initiatives and to reach its’ goals.

Simone Ross

Director of Strategic Business Initiatives

Strategy • Planning • Communication • Market Analysis • Relationship Management • Business Development
A high velocity, innovative, top performing business strategist, with a proven track record of enterprise advancement, small business and non-profit management, strategic planning & implementation, program development, and project management. An experienced Executive with the ability to lead top performing teams, identify new strategic business opportunities, develop and support organizational growth objectives, cultivate geographical access opportunities, and innovate sustainable partnerships.

Micheline Merriwether

Institutional Trading Analyst

I am an Institutional Trading analyst for Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. I assist legal counsel in supporting Mutual Funds and ETFs by creating and managing registration statements, drafting and filing supplements and other SEC and FINRA filings. I am a 2015 graduate from the ULF Connect Program. My greatest takeaway was and still is encountering like-minded people within ULF. I was able to meet and grow with others who are pursuing their passions and desires. I gravitated toward those who had the same mindset as myself, which set me on a pathway to success. Because of ULF, I now have a lifetime of wealthy relationships that continuously push my colleagues and myself towards unimaginable goals. In my opinion, leadership is a privilege that comes with a growth mindset, self-awareness and methodology to inspire a group of individuals to achieve. My leadership philosophy determines who I am, how I work, and what I do. It is the power of the space between stimulus and response. I am most proud of the resources that we were able to provide within ourselves but to the community creating IAmAcademy Job Fair, by encouraging participants to think outside the box and consider various career opportunities.

Shayla Moon

Legislative Affairs Specialist - U.S. Department of Commerce/Minority Business Development Agency

Shayla Moon serves as the Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce/Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Prior to joining MBDA, she served as Deputy Field Director for former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and as a Lobbyist for several trade associations and nonprofit organizations. She began her nonprofit & policy career working for The National Urban League and The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) alongside Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Her public policy career has included efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina with City Year Inc., issue advocacy on Nuclear Arms Reduction (New START Treaty), Ratification of the U.N. CEDAW Treaty, as well as content theft policy for the Motion Picture Association of America.

Alisha Powell

Social Worker; Educator in Higher Ed

I am an ambitious professional with a passion for the social sciences. With graduate education in social work, marriage and family therapy, and psychology, her professional goal is to contribute to the greater body of knowledge through research, consulting, and education. With independent clinical licenses in 4 states (Georgia, Colorado, Massachusetts, District of Columbia), I bring a unique perspective on mental health services and ways to improve patient care and education around mental illness. I have experience in mental health, assessment, families, and case management among others and it is my hope to educate, motivate, and inspire others to build strong and lasting relationships.

Carrie T. Warren

High performing operations management leader with extensive experience optimizing organizational processes and systems, to maximize business results in legal, governance, higher education, financial, and non-profit sectors. Skilled strategist who transforms strategy into workable solution and benchmarks performance against key operational targets/goals. Proven ability to build coalition and social capital, develop and direct programs, manage teams, infuse cultural diversity, and partner with the highest levels of executive leadership.

Elizabeth Young

Community Counselor, Benefits Consultant, and Regional Leader with a Financial Services Company

I am currently working in several areas where I provide counseling, benefits, and help individuals/families with their financial needs. I have experience in numerous fields, however, I am enjoying the mixture of the different areas I am involved in.

Kia Milan

Senior Production Management Coordinator

Dynamic and effective creative operations and production manager, skilled in marketing, media, and public relations management with significant brand and project management success. Media acumen comprises print, video, web, and social media campaigns that resulted in customer, subscription, and viewer gains. Successful managing budgets and implementing brand consistency, messaging, and product positioning across all business lines. Diverse industry experience includes entertainment, real estate, event management, and news media. Strong curator, influencer and cross functional team motivator.

Sanai Fennell

Vice President

I am a residential lending expert with extensive underwriting experience. I also have knowledge in business and commercial lending, including SBA loans.

Lissette Ellerbe


Lissette Ellerbe of LRB Design Studios is the industry leader in Digital Staging by providing homeowners and Colorado realtors with the fastest ROI in the business. We help you to uncover the hidden potential in your home. Each person who views a home is a potential buyer and first impressions are critical. Ms Ellerbe’s expertise will transform your entire home into a masterpiece in 48 hours. Each prospective buyer will see it as not simply one of the many potential houses they have looked at, but as the Home they can envision as their own.

Manushkka Sainvil

CEO/Creator, Chubby Curls

Chubby Curls is a line of high-quality, all-natural products crafted to maximize moisture and eliminate the many challenges dryness causes for natural hair. By sharing best practices and how to be an educated consumer, Chubby Curls' mission is to educate and empower women of color so they can embrace the beauty and versatility of their hair.

Kinyata Jackson

Founder/Lead Instructor

Remembrance Wellness & Yoga LLC is a traveling studio dedicated to making healing accessible and applicable to all aspects of life. We focus on yoga for women's healing, underserved communities and yoga and wellness for social justice and trauma healing. We achieve our goal through custom programs for schools, corporate wellness, and partnering with trusted community organizations.

Michelle Majors

Regional Clinic Support Staff Supervisor

"The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example"​ (John Wooden). My passion is motivating, teaching, and growing individuals both professionally and personally. My leadership skills include project management, strategic planning, and process improvement. I enjoy serving my community. I actively volunteer at Project Angle Heart, Gateway Women’s Battered shelter, Kaiser Cares projects. My personal leadership style is one that incorporates collaboration and team thinking. I am a servant leader and think it is important to lead within and from behind a group. I am always looking at growth opportunities to helped sharpen my tools as a leader and to expand my professional network.