Leadership

Child Advocates – Denver CASA is made up of many individuals dedicated to the best interests of abused and neglected children and youth.

Our Executive Director

Nancy Stewart joined Child Advocates – Denver CASA in 2016. Nancy is nonprofit professional with over 15 years’ experience. A graduate of Metropolitan State College with a degree in Organizational Communications, she began her career in the hospitality industry, working in sales and conference services. Moving into the not-for-profit sector in 2001, Nancy planned conferences and events for the American Water Works Association, where she was introduced to the international water and sanitation organization Water For People. In 2004 she joined their fundraising staff, eventually leading the Resource Development group. Nancy also worked for the March of Dimes as the Denver Division Director, was the VP of Community Relations for CU Cancer Center Fund (formerly AMC) and most recently the Director of Development of Susan G. Komen Colorado. Taking a sabbatical from nonprofits in 2014, Nancy and her husband bought an existing coffee shop, Drip Denver, and embarked on the new and challenging adventure of small business ownership.

Nancy has served on several professional and charitable Boards, including the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she served as chair of the mentoring program committee. She has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including Denver Urban Scholars, Susan G. Komen Colorado, East High School and the Golden Triangle Merchants Committee.

Nancy’s husband, Joel, is an elementary school administrator and they have three daughters. They live in a 125-year old Victorian in Capitol Hill.

Our Board President

Jennifer Barker joined the Child Advocates – Denver CASA Board in 2012, and acted as Secretary for a year before becoming President of the Board in 2017. Jennifer is dedicated to Child Advocates because she believes in giving a voice to the abused and neglected children in our community. We give them the gift of hope, empowering them to see that their circumstances do not need to define them.

Jennifer has always been committed to giving back to her community and has worked with the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, on Chris Romer’s 2011 Denver Mayoral Campaign, Junior Achievement and most recently in her current position with the American Heart Association.

Following her passion for non-profits, Jennifer founded Connect the Dots, a philanthropic strategy firm that connects companies to non-profits through beneficial long-run partnerships. A non-profit match maker, Jennifer works with clients of all sizes from small local salons to larger energy companies to audit their current giving strategies and provide them with a plan that will take their impact to the next level.

Jennifer graduated from Kent Denver High School and attended Emory University where she received a BA in Economics with a Business Policy Emphasis along with an Art History Minor. In addition, Jennifer received her MBA through the 11-month MBA program at University of Colorado Denver. In her spare time, Jennifer, who is affectionately known to her friends and family as JJ, enjoys running, swimming, lifting weights, travelling and spending time with her family.