Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
|Lisandra Gonzales currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Rocky Mountain Partnership. In this role, she works with cross-sector partners to address critical community challenges impeding the economic and social mobility of the individuals and families who live and work in our community. She also serves as a Commissioner on the Colorado Commission of Higher Education, representing the 8th Congressional District, appointed by Governor Jared Polis.
Prior to this role, she served as the COO of A Precious Child, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Adams and Broomfield Counties, and roles with the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, and the Migrant Education Program. She was most recently appointed to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in July 2022 by Governor Jared Polis representing the 8th Congressional District.
In addition, Gonzales also devotes her time to supporting organizations whose missions are not only near and dear to her heart but have proven to be results oriented such as serving on boards for the Mexican Cultural Center, CASA of Adams & Broomfield Counties, and the A Precious Child Program Board as well as serving on the Centura Health – St. Anthony’s North Hospital Regional Community Board, North Suburban Medical Center Community Advisory Council, Adams County Regional Economic Partnership (AC-REP) Executive Council, and the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) Advisory Board. She is bilingual in Spanish and LEAN trained from Denver Health. Most recently, Gonzales also serves at Co-Chair of the Colorado Project. The project is an initiative involving a diverse group of Coloradans are working together to design a pragmatic strategy for Colorado to catalyze sustainable and inclusive growth.
Gonzales is first generation, her father having immigrated to the US from Chihuahua, Mexico and her mom coming to Colorado as a child with her family as migrant farmworkers who worked the fields in Brighton, CO. Gonzales was born and raised in Adams County, went through the Brighton 27J Schools system, and then pushed herself to piece together her college education and work experience that have helped her rise from the odds that most challenge Latina women.