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Lisa Duran

Grassroots Grantmakers
Executive Director
Denver, CO

Lisa Duran is Grassroots Grantmakers’ Executive Director. Lisa brings over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to her new role.  For the past 25 years she has worked with grassroots social justice organizations, including eleven years as the founding Executive Director of Rights for All People, an immigrant-led immigrant rights organization based in Aurora, Colorado. There, Lisa helped create a culture of member ownership, in which those most affected help lead the change. She also led the establishment of successful collaborations around the state of Colorado.


Her prior experience includes service as Executive Director of the Clínica Tepayac, bringing culturally appropriate health care and preventive health services to the medically underserved in the Denver region; work with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the Labor/Community Strategy Center; service on the board of directors of The Highlander Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, and volunteer work with the Building Movement Project.


Lisa’s graduate studies included a focus on philanthropy, foundations, race, and social movements. In her organizing work she developed popular education practices that stress the co-creation of knowledge, the importance of participant stories in building relationship, and the necessity to productively address imbalances of power and privilege.


You can reach Lisa at lisa@grassrootsgrantmakers.org.