Meet Our Team
Board of Directors, Chairman
Jacob is the Executive Director of the Quad Innovation Partnership, a collaboration between CC, UCCS, PPCC and the Air Force Academy that incubates student and alumni innovators. He also manages a financial services company in Uganda that he founded in 2015. A former Venture for America Fellow, Jacob’s background includes managing a $50M VC portfolio, spans multiple startups, and relies on healthy dose of figuring it out as he goes along.
Board of Directors, Secretary
With a history of working at the intersection of public health and innovation, Chelsea has worked with various stage startups and utilized her skills in health promotion, business, and community development to help companies and communities realize their potential across the U.S. and East Africa. During her Peace Corps service in Uganda (2015-2017), she founded Startup Uganda, a nation-wide initiative comprised of camps, mentorship, and a series of regional and national business plan competitions for young Ugandan entrepreneurs. Now the Economic Development Project Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, Chelsea continues her work to promote job creation and entrepreneurship in our community.
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Over 2018-2019 Jeff traveled to 40+ cities writing about starting ecosystems for Inc and Entrepreneur. This experience equipped him with an incredibly unique viewpoint on how to promote a city or region because he now knows what everyone is doing well and (perhaps even more importantly) not doing well.
An entrepreneur himself, having built a communications firm that went from zero to working with Adobe, Oracle, Instructure, Hootsuite, Omnicom and more in less than two years. He is a Shorty Award winning content creator on his own, Webby nominated for his brand work. And he hasn’t met a distance I won’t ride on his bike.
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Dani Barger is the vice president of marketing & communications at the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, where she oversees the communications strategies, tactics, and content to raise Colorado Springs’ business profile. Previously she worked at the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. for more than four years in various digital marketing and communications roles. Prior to that she spent 10 years marketing a contract manufacturer headquartered in Iowa. Dani has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Mount Mercy College.
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Rachel has worked in a variety of executive leadership positions in marketing, sales and culture development in growing startups to Fortune 500 brands. She’s an experienced leader and practitioner who has served a diverse profile of companies both at agencies and businesses and has played a key role in multiple mergers and acquisitions. Rachel also founded the largest women’s cycling team in the world Colorado Women’s Cycling Project, Vino & Velo and LeadOutSales, recently acquired by CableLabs. When not building brands, you’ll find her on a bike, skis or a yoga mat.
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Kat Miller-Stevens teaches social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and accounting courses in the Economics and Business department at Colorado College. She is also the Faculty Director of the Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP) and Nonprofit Initiatives, which introduces students to nonprofit-sector related issues and internships in Colorado. Kat has helped numerous nonprofit organizations get off the ground and running, and she is deeply committed to social impact. She brings ten years of evaluation and budgeting experience and eleven years of academic and research experience to this board. Kat has a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. She is also a proud AmeriCorps alumna.