Community College of Denver (CCD) is pleased to announce that Leah Goss has been named executive director for the CCD Foundation. A veteran fundraiser with expertise in major gifts and corporate giving, Goss brings years of education and non-profit experience to the Foundation.
“The CCD Foundation’s relationships with its donors — both new and established — are at the core of our service to the college and community,” says Everette Freeman, CCD president. “Leah understands the opportunities that community colleges provide, and I’m sure she will be a passionate advocate for students, programs and the overarching needs of the college.”
Goss has 15 years of fundraising experience, including senior management experience with educational institutions in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana. She increased assets by 213 percent while she served as senior vice president for system advancement at the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, and was the chief advancement officer for the Lone Star College System in Texas, where she led a successful one-year 6.7-million-dollar scholarship campaign.
She holds an undergraduate degree in communication, as well as an MBA with a marketing emphasis from Regis University in Denver. She has an expansive history of volunteer and board service, as well as numerous presentations and publications to her credit.
As the key liaison between the CCD Foundation, its donors, and the community, Goss will focus on understanding each donor’s charitable objective and creating relationships with new donors. She will direct all internal and external communication in order to enhance public awareness of the Foundation and its role within the community.
She begins her role on June 3rd.
The Community College of Denver Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on engaging individuals, foundations, and corporations in supporting CCD in its commitment to be the most welcoming, diverse, and excellent community college in the Denver metro area. Through scholarships to students, programmatic and faculty support, and capital enhancements, the Foundation invests in deserving CCD students — ensuring they have access to a high-quality, relevant education. Learn more at CCD-Foundation.org.