Diverse and Talented Folks on a Mission
Alisha Brown, Senior Vice President & Director of be well Health and Wellness Initiative
Alisha Brown is Senior Vice President of the Foundation and the founder and director of its be well Health and Wellness Initiative. Her focus is to advance equity through community-based strategies to ensure that all people have the opportunity to live a healthy and prosperous life regardless of their social circumstances. She created the be well Block Captain community engagement model, an evidence-based approach that combines local neighborhood ingenuity with industry expertise. This model builds advocates in our most vulnerable communities to create solutions to our most complex challenges. The model is known nationally and is supported by various organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In her role as the Principal Investigator of the be well be EPIC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health project of the CDC, she oversees efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity through community engagement in policies, systems and environmental changes.
Ms. Brown has raised and/or leveraged more than $30 million dollars to advance equity across the state of Colorado. She speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally to demonstrate the importance of grassroots involvement. Ms. Brown knows how to engage populations that may have the impression that healthy lives and communities can only be achieved by those who have money, power, or access.
As a graduate of Regis University, she earned a Masters of Nonprofit Management and was a Colorado Trust Fellow. Ms. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism from Langston University, a historically black university in Langston, Oklahoma. She serves on various boards and commissions including the State of Colorado’s Health Equity Commission and the City and County of Denver’s Board of Environmental Health as the vice chair. Ms. Brown is a member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is a devote Christian, active in the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church where she serves on the liturgical dance ministry and as a writer for the Christian Scroll newsletter. Her favorite past times are spending time with her family, traveling, shopping and going to sporting events.
Angie Rivera-Malpiede, Vice President of Sustainable Development Initiative &
Executive Director of the Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC)
Angie Rivera-Malpiede is Vice President of the Foundation managing the Sustainable Development Initiative, which includes advocacy and programs promoting alternative transportation methodologies. She is also Executive Director of Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC), a nonprofit serving Stapleton, and the Park Hill, East Montclair, Southwest Commerce City, Montbello, Globeville, Clayton, Whittier, Cole, Elyria Swansea, and Northwest Aurora neighborhoods.
Ms. Rivera-Malpiede is the former Director for RTD District C. During her time in office, she oversaw the opening of the new Denver Union Station and the expansion of the FasTracks public transit program, including the construction of the new University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. She has held positions such as Chair of the Civil Rights Committee, Vice-Chair of the General Managers Oversight Committee, Secretary of the Board, and Member of the Executive Committee.
In 2013, Ms. Rivera-Malpiede was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Hispanic Transportation Council and currently sits on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She works extensively on neighborhood connection issues and serves as a liaison for the Foundation to the Stapleton Citizen Advisory Board, the Greater Stapleton Business Association, the Park Creek Metro District, and the Stapleton Development Corporation.
Prior to her position at NETC, Angie was the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, which focused on advancing the economic success of Latino families. During her time there, she was responsible for Mi Casa receiving more press than any other nonprofit in the State of Colorado.
Ms. Rivera-Malpiede served as Public Relations Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Diversity Team at the Rocky Mountain News, working to connect communities of diversity. She worked with the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council for twenty years, where she developed programs that served high-risk girls and now serve as national models. She also held the position of Public Relations and Fundraising Director for the Denver Center for Crime Victims, now the Center for Trauma and Resilience.
Brian Weber, Vice President of Education and Development Initiatives
Brian Weber is the Foundation’s Vice President of Education and Development Initiatives. He went to work for the Foundation in 2000 and left in 2010 to develop and run charter schools. He rejoined the Foundation in 2017.
Mr. Weber is accomplished in all phases of school and nonprofit development, leadership and operations. He has 20 years of experience working successfully on traditional and charter schools with Denver Public Schools, families, community groups, nonprofits and businesses.
Mr. Weber is a key member of The Foundation’s leadership team, contributing to strategic planning, outreach and support of schools and communities, technical support of grantees and other organizations.
Fundamental to the Foundation’s mission is advancing opportunities for lifelong learning. Toward that end, during his initial stint with the Foundation, Mr. Weber was the lead founder and Founding Executive Director of Denver Language (charter) School, Denver’s first public full immersion school (Mandarin/Spanish) which opened in 2010. Two Stapleton moms, Kristy Fantz and Camilla Modesitt, proposed the school to The Foundation in early 2008 and worked on its opening as parent founders.
DLS, one of the highest academic performers in DPS, is The Foundation’s most significant success in the education arena.
During Mr. Weber’s nearly five years with DLS, it became the No. 1 kindergarten choice in Denver Public Schools and one of the top 10 selections in the district’s “choice’’ enrollment process.
Following his tenure with DLS, Mr. Weber was interim Executive Director of the Downtown Denver Expeditionary (charter) School and he led start-up activities for several other charters. Most recently he was the principal of a language immersion charter school in Fort Collins for two years.
In his current position, Mr. Weber runs a grant program for schools in Stapleton and surrounding neighborhoods. He provides technical support to nonprofits and schools, helps lead a new DPS Innovation Zone of four International Baccalaureate schools and two others in northeast Denver and leads the Foundation's communications work.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Weber was an award-winning reporter for the Rocky Mountain News for 10 years covering education and Denver City Hall (the Rocky was Colorado’s largest daily paper prior to closing in 2009). He also worked for the Denver Post and Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.
Mr. Weber was a 2013-15 fellow with Catapult Leadership, Colorado's only comprehensive development program for autonomous school leaders. While with Catapult he earned his Colorado alternative principal’s license.
Mr. Weber has a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. He lives in Stapleton with his wife, Lisa, and has two grown daughters who live in the southeastern United States.
Leslie Joseph, Senior Director of Administration & Operations
The Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities and Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC)
Leslie Joseph is the Senior Director of Administration and Operations for the Foundation and Northeast Transportation Connections. She came to work for the Foundation in 2002, Ms. Joseph oversees the daily activities and initiatives associated with managing the organization’s business operations, including human resources, rental operations, information technology support, and preparation of all Foundation correspondence.
Additionally, Ms. Joseph serves as the key support person to the Foundation board, senior staff and NETC. She is responsible for coordinating logistics and materials for board meetings, maintaining legal documents and records archives and administrative oversight of state and federal grants awarded to the Foundation.
Prior to Ms. Joseph joining the Foundation, she was an executive administrator with KDC Architects Engineers, reporting directly to the firm’s president and chief executive officer. She and her husband, Rick, are the parents of three adult children and thoroughly enjoy their role as grandparents. A California native, Ms. Joseph appreciates all aspects of nature and is an avid gardener. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Colorado – Denver.