Leadership & Advisory
Committee

Mural Artist: Just Created It

BRIC LEADERSHIP

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LaDawn Sullivan 

Director, BRIC 

 

LaDawn Sullivan is an influencer, innovator and coalition builder. For over 24 years, LaDawn has strengthened and expanded the pipeline of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) leadership, addressed social injustice, and created racially equitable communities. She is the creator and director of the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund. LaDawn uses her expertise in community engagement and inclusive emerging leadership practices in her internal and external work. LaDawn is an alumna of the Council on Foundation's Career Pathways Program. She previously served as a key staffer for the Hunt Alternatives Fund, a private foundation, and in former Colorado Governor Roy Romer's Office of Policy and Initiatives. Over the last two decades, she has worked in key positions for The Denver Foundation, most recently as the Director of Leadership and Equity.

 

Passionate about elevating strategic giving in communities of color, LaDawn recently chaired The Links Incorporated's Philanthropy Committee (The Links Foundation) – a national Black women's organization promoting friendship and community service. LaDawn is a member of the Denver Chapter of the Links, Inc. She serves on the Board of Directors of Philanthropy Colorado, a statewide network of foundations and charitable contributors and is a board member for local education and racial justice focused nonprofits.

BRIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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Eula Adams 

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

Eula Adams, MBA, CPA, was appointed to the Colorado Department of Transportation Commission in July 2019 and represented District 3 (Arapahoe and Douglas Counties). Currently, Eula is CEO of Neuromonics, an FDA-cleared medical device company. Prior, he was a partner with Deloitte (public accounting, taxation and management consulting). He was executive vice president at First Data Corporation (payments and money transfer) and senior vice president of Sun Microsystems (computer servers, storage devices, software and services). He is a graduate of Morris Brown College with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, has a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Eula is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and CareerWise Colorado Board. He volunteers on America Board, the Denver International Airport Advisory Board, and is a member of the New Hope Baptist Church Board of Trustees.  

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Desta Asfaw 

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

Desta Asfaw is an attorney and partner of Holland & Hart. Desta specializes in complex asset structures involving various wealth transfer, charitable, and business succession planning strategies. She enjoys providing her clients with strategic tax planning advice while also addressing personal goals and promoting family harmony through multiple generations. Asfaw is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder - Leeds School of Business and the University of Colorado School of Law.  She is a board member of the Asfaw Family Foundation International and has participated as a Denver Foundation Professional Advisors Council member since 2019.
 

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Javon Brame

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

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Born and raised in Colorado, Javon Brame grew up in Northeast Denver (Park Hill) where his parents stressed leadership and the responsibility to give back to the community.  He is a passionate advocate for social justice and is a change agent who enjoys working with individuals, groups, and organizations on strategies to improve outcomes for marginalized and minoritized communities. He has served in various positions and levels of institutions of higher education since 2006. Javon currently serves as the dean of students at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Castle Rock and Parker, Colorado.

Javon earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Langston University and a Master of Arts in Higher Education with emphases in leadership and organizational change and diversity in higher learning from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.
 

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John-Claude Futrell

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

John-Claude Futrell is a performer, writer, recording artist and educator. He holds a BFA and BA in African American and African Studies from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. JC is a National Poetry Slam champion and professionally touring spoken word artist. As an educator, he has worked for Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, Youth Employment Academy and Arts Street. His dedication to youth engagement has earned him many accolades, but nothing makes him prouder than seeing his students succeed academically and professionally.  

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Haroun Cowans 

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

Haroun Cowans is a prominent social, financial, and philanthropic leader with over two decades of experience leading development and investment in the Five Points District of Denver, Colorado. Haroun is the Founder and Managing Principal of Goshen Development. He is responsible for the organization’s operations, client relations, partnerships, business development, and strategic leadership.
 

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April Denmon

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

April Denmon is the owner/broker of Denmon Realty. As a Denver native and downtown resident, April knows the Colorado real estate market very well. She is an active member of the Denver Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the Denver Independent Brokers. April is a graduate of Clark University with a BA in criminal justice/pre-law. April is a founding member of Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs (SPIN) and supports and volunteers the Vickers Boys and Girls Club in Northeast Hill Park Hill.

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Stephanie Rance

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

Stephanie Rance founded Run & Shoot Filmworks in 2002, which annually hosts the Academy Award-accredited Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival and Color of Conversation Film Festival in Denver. The film festival, brainchild of Stephanie and Floyd Rance, is one of the fastest-growing festivals in the country, recognized for its impeccable film selections, premiere screenings and welcoming environment. The Color of Conversation Film Festival launched in Denver in 2019, bridges the gap in introducing thought-provoking films that spark engaging dialogue.  Stephanie has won numerous awards in digital marketing and was most recently awarded a Black Woman in Media award in 2018 for her work with the film festival and in supporting the works of people of color. Stephanie also is a featured guest speaker at Georgetown University on entrepreneurship and social media.

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Richard Lewis

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

BRIC Advisory Committee Member
The owner of RTL Networks, Inc., Richard Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and William and Mary's MBA program. Additionally, he has a master's degree in computer systems security and 23 years of military and corporate leadership experience. Before founding RTL Networks, Rich served in senior leadership positions for Cisco Systems, Qwest and Avaya, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans and delivering network-consulting services to Fortune 500 and national service providers. As president/CEO of RTL Networks, he has effectively leveraged his education and wealth of experiences to grow his company from an idea into a multi-million-dollar organization. Rich serves as a board member of the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, Mile High United Way, Denver Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He also is board chair of the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce and a Denver Foundation donor-advised fundholder.

 

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Yvonne Moore 

BRIC Advisory Committee Member

Yvonne Moore is principal philanthropic advisor at Moore Philanthropy. With over 25 years of experience in the government, civil society and philanthropic sectors as both a practitioner and a chief executive, Yvonne brings a wealth of practical knowledge to the creation and refinement of philanthropic goals for her clients. With the launch of Moore Philanthropy, Yvonne and her team work to connect passionate donors of wealth to solution-oriented change-makers to help solve some of the world's greatest challenges.  Her degrees include a BA from Texas Tech University and an MA from The New School. She’s the board chair of the New York Women's Foundation and serves as board vice president of the Daphne Foundation. Yvonne serves as an advisory committee member on four-plus international-focused foundations and councils.