Bruce Byington

Special Projects Director

Talk with Bruce for any length of time, and you’ll quickly realize that when it comes to impact, it’s personal: He’s thinking of the impact we have on each other, the ripple effect of those interactions on our organizations and culture, and the power of developing and empowering talented people.

A seasoned advocate of servant leadership, Bruce came to the Foundation in April 2017, driven by his need to serve and his passion to help lead the Foundation in our mission to improve the health of Coloradans. Before joining the Foundation, Bruce spent 26 years at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he focused on talent development, strategy and organizational development.

Bruce’s role as chief impact officer at the Foundation built upon his experiences at CCL. As special projects director, he continues to focus on developing a strong team that creates strategic impact and building the Foundation’s organizational culture. His mission is to build a legacy of top talent that is known in the philanthropic world — and even more importantly, to build an architecture that sustains that legacy.

Bruce spent his formative years in Ohio but has lived in Colorado for 26 years. His love for Colorado is abundantly clear when he describes his non-work life. Summer and fall weekends will find him backpacking in the Collegiate Peaks, camping at a music festival or fly-fishing on any one of Colorado’s many trout-filled rivers. He says his healthiest habit is gratitude — a quality that was passed down to him by his grandmother. When asked, “How are you?” she always answered: “Grateful.” Spending time with his wife and three sons — preferably in the mountains while listening to some live bluegrass or blues — is a significant source of that gratitude.

Amidst this activity, Bruce also seeks to continually learn and lead. He is fascinated by books about U.S. history: the leaders, battles and dynamics that influenced the development and direction of our country. He is the board finance chair of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership and a fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He volunteers for the Interfaith Hospitality Network and kidz2leaders, and was a soccer coach for 17 years. For Bruce, it always comes back to the difference we can make through supporting, developing and leading each other toward the common good.


BS Mechanical Engineering — Georgia Institute of Technology

MBA — University of Houston

“I have a need to serve and a passion to help us lead.”
Bruce Byington - 2017 Staff Photo