Sean’s passion for nonprofit work was sparked in college, when he volunteered working with youth experiencing homelessness. That experience opened his eyes to see how young people without a home are disparately impacted by inequity. From that point forward, Sean dedicated his personal and professional life to creating opportunities for those around him. He is committed to the Foundation’s mission because he knows that thousands of Coloradans don’t have what they need to thrive and that we have an opportunity to change that.
In Sean’s current role, he is responsible for telling the stories of the Foundation's work and communicating our impact in a meaningful way. Prior to joining the Foundation in September 2017, Sean worked for Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth for four years, where he focused on supporting and partnering with families experiencing homelessness through various roles. He served as a family advocate for the organization's homeless prevention program, in addition to various resource development, community engagement, research and communications responsibilities. He also participated in Nonprofits First's Rising Leaders, a leadership program for nonprofit professionals in Palm Beach County. This year-long program taught him about his own leadership style and how to develop his own strengths as well as those of his team members. The program incorporated a service learning project: the development of a revised and re-prioritized strategic plan for a mental health service provider, NAMI PBC. Sean credits this experience with teaching him that true leadership is driven by listening, kindness, courage and humility.
As a new Colorado resident, Sean loves getting out for hikes in the Rockies or exploring Denver on foot, preferably while listening to an engaging podcast. A highlight of his time here so far was a hike to Lone Eagle Peak in the Indian Peaks Wilderness, which he describes as a transformational experience. And when he has time to spare, you’ll find this lifelong learner perusing local coffee shops and seeking out volunteer opportunities, bringing his passion for making a positive impact into all areas of his life.
BS Communications and Philosophy – University of Miami
Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Public Relations and Corporate Communications – Georgetown University (degree in progress)