With long-time passions of sustainability, public education and international relations, Ms. Baird is a past president of the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and a board member of the Sustainable Futures Society. She is a graduate and past board member of Leadership America, a national development program for women executives.
Greatly shaped from her tenure at Spring Institute, Susan continues to be passionate about critical pedagogy, cross-cultural learning, and refugee integration. After leaving a staff position at Spring Institute, she designed and administered innovative integration programming for newly-arrived refugees at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains. These programs served 500+ newly-arrived refugees annually and targeted women’s empowerment, academic enrichment for youth, and job-readiness skills training for job-seekers. From 2013-2015, she served as Education Director and Co-Director at the Denver-based international education nonprofit organization, US-Brazil Connect. In collaboration with Brazilian national education system leadership, she established program design of a scaled binational education partnership that is funded in part by the U.S. Embassy in Brazil.
A Colorado native, Susan holds a B.A. in comparative religion and a minor in English literature from the University of Puget Sound. She is completing her M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy at Portland State University. Prior to joining Spring Institute board of directors, she served on the Institute of International Education (IIE) Denver young professionals board and as an at-large delegate for the neighborhood association, Capitol Hill United Neighbors (CHUN). She is an advisor to the Orbis Institute, a Denver-based global leadership organization.
In 2010, Ms. Muniz co-founded Hope Connects International, an international development foundation focused on creating project-based partnerships with reputable organizations in developing countries.
Rob was raised in Denver and earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Metropolitan State College of Denver and then earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before working at Accenture, he started and ran a successful systems integration company for small to medium sized businesses mostly in the Denver area, and taught network engineering across the United States. Rob is married, has three children, and lives in Park Hill.
In addition to Freedom House, Ms. Schriefer has worked at the National Forum Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Russian Area Studies from the University of Denver and completed coursework for an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies at George Washington University.
Mr. So is a member of the Colorado Society of CPAs, American Institute of CPAs, Tax Study Group – Colorado Society of CPAs (1995-1996), Taxation Committee of IBAA in Washington, D.C. (1984-1986), and Task force member – State of Colorado, Division of Banking on S corporations (1998). He has a B. S. in Accounting, University of Denver, 1976 and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – State of Colorado, since March, 1978.
Kenneth So is a Board Member of PB Financial Group Inc., Premier Bank, St. Anthony Hospital Central (nonprofit organization), Independent Bankers of Colorado Education Foundation (nonprofit organization) and Treasurer of Spring Institute (nonprofit organization).