About Our Speaker
Christine Marquez-Hudson recently joined The Denver Foundation as President/CEO in January 2016. Prior to her selection, Christine was the CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center, a well-known community-based organization dedicated to advancing the economic success of Latino and other low-income families. She is thrilled with the opportunity to lead The Denver Foundation—known for its commitment to resident leadership, inclusiveness and equity, donor engagement and accountability—toward its vision for a greater Metro Denver.
The Denver Foundation, at 90-years-old, is the largest and oldest community foundation in Colorado. It is also on the leading edge of philanthropy both locally and nationally. In 2011, The Denver Foundation conducted a comprehensive listening campaign that resulted in a 10-year strategic plan that sought to “sharpen its focus and deepen its impact.” Its community grant-making is now focused on economic opportunity, basic human needs, P-12 education and community leadership. The Denver Foundation is using a wide range of innovative funding strategies to achieve its goals. It is also working with a diverse and ever-increasing community of donors to maximize impact. Christine is excited to engage with The Denver Foundation’s staff, board, donors, community partners and residents toward the full realization of its 10-year vision.
At Mi Casa Resource Center, Christine earned a reputation for strategic leadership. She led the organization through a comprehensive strategic planning process that redefined Mi Casa’s mission, focused its identity and created a strategic plan that aligned with community needs and economic as well as demographic trends. As a result, Mi Casa is now a state and national leader in sector-focused job training, women- and minority-owned business development and career- and business-infused youth and family development programs. Christine has also led efforts to expand Mi Casa’s economic development work to integrate services that remove barriers to economic success. In 2013, Mi Casa launched its first social enterprise businesses: a full-service staffing agency and an accounting and bookkeeping service for small businesses and nonprofits. During her tenure at Mi Casa, the organization doubled its budget, added two locations in Denver, launched a capital campaign for a new headquarters and now serves nearly 3,000 people annually.
Before joining Mi Casa, Christine served as director of consulting and capacity building at JVA Consulting where she worked with hundreds of organizations across Colorado, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, governance issues and resource development. Christine’s career includes teaching in Central America and working for three foundations as a program officer, project manager and capacity builder.
Christine was the 2013 9News Leader of the Year, one of Colorado’s 25 Most Powerful Women and an Athena Award Finalist. She is a Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow, Colorado Trust Fellow and alumnae of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program. She serves on the boards of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Colorado Nonprofit Association and is also a member of the Colorado Women’s Forum and the Mayor’s Education Compact Committee. Christine received her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and her Bachelor’s in Political Science from UCLA. She is married to Andrew Hudson, a prominent PR guru and owner of Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List. They have three children: Nick, Julia and Mateo.