Driven by her belief that health is a basic human right and an unyielding commitment to a community-informed approach, as the president and CEO of The Colorado Health Foundation, Karen McNeil-Miller helps guide the Foundation to determine the most impactful investment of human, financial and influence capital on behalf of Coloradans who have low income and have historically had less power or privilege.
Karen joined the Foundation in 2015 after serving for more than 10 years as the president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of North Carolina’s largest private foundations. Under her leadership, the Trust evolved into a strategic, impact-driven foundation with a national presence on issues ranging from rural health to access to care. Prior, Karen spent 16 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership development and research nonprofit organization headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. During her tenure, Karen developed expertise in individual and organizational leadership development, succession planning, strategic thinking, team building, diversity, executive coaching and leading change and transitions.
Karen is active within the nonprofit community and national and regional philanthropic and rural health organizations, serving on the Boards of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Denver Academy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a master’s degree in cross-categorical special education and a doctorate of education from Vanderbilt University.