The Boulder Treasures Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Spencer Downing has joined us as our Executive Director. “I am thrilled to join the team at Ramble on Pearl,” he says. “I am especially excited about the new projects we’ll be launching this spring & summer. It will be challenging, but it is such a good challenge.”
Spencer comes to the role with significant experience in creating nonprofit programs. For the past two years he served as the Program + Volunteer Officer at Social Venture Partners Boulder County. And while Spencer wasn’t directly part of its support of Boulder Treasures, SVP has provided vital support to our mission since our early days – helping us create our original business plan and more recently providing guidance as we expanded our board in anticipation of this year’s program growth. Before moving to Colorado, he was Executive Director of the Center in Hollywood. At the Center, he developed innovative programs addressing chronic homelessness by building community and engagement as enhancements over the basics of food and shelter. The board looks forward to helping him use those skills as we expand our programs to the 30Pearl development.
In addition to his work with nonprofits, Spencer draws upon a diverse background. He’s been an educator, having taught in classrooms ranging from middle school with Teach for America and graduate students as a professor at the University of Central Florida. He produced a daily nationally-distributed news analysis program. He also is not new to interacting with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. His mother is a pediatrician with a specialty in developmental disability who worked in state-run residential settings, regional centers, and served on state-level boards. Among Spencer’s early work experiences was service as a respite care provider for high-needs clients with multiple diagnoses.
He and his wife live and play with their daughters (ages 7 and 9) in Lafayette. Sarah is a producer for NBC’s national news, and the girls have made a profession out of talking endlessly about either Harry Potter or their dog. The family takes every opportunity they have to head to the slopes or jump on bikes.
Co-founders Andy and Connie Minden took an active role in the executive search process, and have been working to bring Spencer on board. “Those two have been enormously helpful,” Spencer remarks. For their part, Andy and Connie look forward to shifting to a more strategic role at Boulder Treasures and Ramble on Pearl. “I won’t be disappearing, just focusing my attention on my role as Board Chair and getting Spencer up to speed,” Andy exclaims, “ Connie and I and the whole board are excited about what Spencer brings to Boulder Treasures as we grow into the exciting changes ahead for 2021.”