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Lisa Duran

Lisa Duran

Executive Director

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.

Almeta Corbin

Administrative Assistant

As a leader in the philanthropic sector, Almeta Corbin managed grants administration processes for 14 years at the Caring for Colorado Foundation, a nationally-recognized grantmaking program with an endowment of $155 million dedicated to expanding health leadership and health outcomes of rural and communities of color. She was especially passionate about removing obstacles to the increased engagement of grassroots organizations and assisted in the provision of over $70 million in grantmaking and community action strategies to that end.

Almeta graduated with a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University, and she is a Colorado Trust Fellow. Almeta  has a long affiliation with the philanthropic sector, having served on the Board of Directors of the national Grants Managers Network (GMN), through which she co-founded the Rocky Mountain chapter of the GMN.

Almeta also provided expertise on a health advisory council for the be well Health and Wellness Initiative of the Stapleton Foundation, and served as member on the Denver Foundation’s Inclusiveness workgroup, Association of Black Foundation Executives/Hispanics in Philanthropy Collaborative and co-chaired the African American Breast Cancer Health Conference founded by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Denver. Her training also includes health fitness and cultural performing dance arts. Almeta’s experience in building community-based initiatives and shared vision amongst diverse stakeholders has led her to participate in service projects in South Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean.

You can reach Almeta at almeta@grassrootsgrantmakers.org