Miguel In Suk Lovato

Senior Program Officer

Priority areas I work in:

Adult Recovery | Early Childhood Social-Emotional Development

Bolstered by more than twenty years of experience in education and philanthropy, Miguel joined the Foundation’s Community Investment & Impact team in 2020. After starting his career as a teacher, Miguel left the classroom to lead an education nonprofit focused on helping students on the path to college. There, he led the organization’s strategy and gained hands-on experience with funders.

In 2000, Miguel joined the Daniels Fund in Denver, Colorado. As a senior program officer concentrating on education in Colorado and New Mexico, Miguel saw how access to health care and quality education are naturally linked – an observation reinforced by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Miguel’s ardent belief in community-informed grantmaking, and his desire to help address inequities exacerbated by public health crises, brought him to his role as a senior program officer focused on adult recovery and early childhood social emotional programs.

Miguel grew up in a variety of neighborhoods across the Denver-metro area but has called Aurora home since the early 1980s. Strongly influenced by his Chicano and Korean heritage, he is proud of his achievements as a first-generation college graduate. Miguel actively engages with his local community as an education advocate and charter school board member.

When he’s not teaching his eight-year-old daughter to skateboard, or showing her his favorite ‘70’s kung fu movies, he’s probably learning how to play her latest favorite video game. Miguel’s family loves to take neighborhood bike rides and hike in the mountains in the summer. Miguel says life is good when he is surrounded by family, laughing and going on an adventure. 


BA Psychology – University of Colorado Denver
MA Curriculum and Instruction – University of Colorado Denver 

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