December 18th, 2020
Press Release

 

The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, has appointed Christine Márquez-Hudson and Brandy Reitter to its board of trustees.

Christine Márquez-Hudson is vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the MSU Denver Foundation at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for MSU Denver’s fundraising efforts and serves on the president’s senior leadership team. In this role, Márquez-Hudson oversees a team of 27 staff members working to advance the university’s fundraising, alumni engagement and donor relations. She also serves as the primary liaison with the foundation board of directors and oversees the effective stewardship and distribution of the MSU Denver Foundation’s assets. Prior to joining MSU Denver, Márquez-Hudson was president and chief executive officer of The Denver Foundation, the largest and most experienced community foundation in the Rocky Mountain West. She credits her trajectory in the nonprofit sector to the master’s degree in nonprofit management she received at Regis University as part of The Colorado Trust’s fellowship program. Márquez-Hudson's career includes serving as CEO of Mi Casa Resource Center and as a nonprofit consultant, direct service provider and teacher. She has won numerous community awards for her leadership, including 9News Leader of the Year, LatinasFirst Trailblazer Award and Girl Scouts’ Woman of Distinction. Márquez-Hudson has served on many community boards, commissions and committees, currently with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the International Women’s Forum of Colorado. She is originally from Grand Junction and the Márquez family goes back nine generations in the San Luis Valley.

Brandy Reitter grew up in Denver and is the town manager of Eagle, Colo. She started her career in higher education but quickly found her lifelong passion for local government. Reitter has 15 years of experience working in city management to build communities and improve economic prosperity. She started her municipal career in economic development working for the City and County of Denver and the District of Columbia in Washington, DC. Prior to Eagle, she was the town administrator for Buena Vista and Saguache and accomplished transformational initiatives in affordable housing, economic prosperity, historic preservation, and creative placemaking in a rural and economically disadvantaged part of Colorado. In Eagle, Reitter continues to build community by executing multimillion-dollar projects that support mitigating the digital divide in rural areas through municipal broadband deployment. She is also responsible for leading major transportation projects to increase mobility and support middle- to last-mile public transportation connections in the town and region. Reitter received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs in 2008. She has served on various boards and commissions and was recently appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to serve on the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority. She was also appointed by former Gov. John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Creative Industries Council within the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Reitter was also appointed to the board of trustees for the Western States Arts Federation and focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion as well as policy advocacy.

“I am excited to have Christine and Brandy joining our board,” said Ned Calonge, MD, MPH, president & CEO of The Colorado Trust. “They bring extraordinary experience and important perspectives to our efforts to achieve health equity for all Coloradans.”

Márquez-Hudson and Reitter replace John P. Hopkins, Colleen Schwarz, MBA and Alan Synn, MD, FACS, who each concluded 10 years of distinguished service as trustees in December 2020.

About The Colorado Trust
The Colorado Trust is a foundation dedicated to ensuring all Coloradans have the opportunity to thrive. We partner with people and organizations across Colorado that are working to make positive changes in their communities. We provide funding and other resources so that all people have the power to make decisions that improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors. The Trust also believes local and statewide policies should have a positive impact on people’s well-being. We provide grants and support to organizations that advocate for policies that ensure all Coloradans live healthier lives.