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Ned Calonge, MD, MPH Steps Down as Colorado Trust President & Chief Executive Officer

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The Colorado Trust, a foundation dedicated to creating fair and equal opportunities for Coloradans to lead healthy lives, announced that Ned Calonge, MD, MPH has stepped down from his role as president & chief executive officer. Calonge’s resignation comes after more than a decade leading the statewide philanthropic foundation.

“We are grateful to Dr. Calonge for his many years of service and dedication to helping us advance the health and well-being of the people of Colorado,” said Warren Johnson, MD, chair of The Colorado Trust Board of Trustees. “Under his leadership, the foundation was one of the first in the country to focus on advancing health equity in its work, and also to prioritize community-driven grantmaking. We will continue to pursue this in our partnerships and efforts with organizations and communities across the state.”

Danielle Shoots, vice president & chief financial officer for The Colorado Trust, has been appointed as interim president & chief executive officer. Shoots had previously planned to depart The Colorado Trust in January 2022 to lead New Community Transformation Fund – Denver, a new private venture fund that will invest growth capital in businesses and entrepreneurs of color.

“We are incredibly appreciative of Danielle’s willingness to assist The Colorado Trust through this period of leadership transition,” Johnson said. “Her experience will be vital to the continuity of our grantmaking. We remain excited and fully supportive of the new fund she will begin managing in 2022, and look forward to further assisting her to continue the momentum of her new endeavor.”

The board and senior leadership have already begun working on a process to identify the next president of the foundation. The Colorado Trust’s core grantmaking strategies and funding commitments remain unchanged. For more information, please contact us.

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 Colorado 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. For more information, visit

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.