Our Purpose

Colorado Thrives exists to advance Colorado as an inspiring and inclusive community known globally for innovation, collaboration, and overall well-being.

Our Members

We are led by a group of 14 current and former executives, primarily CEOs, from some of Colorado’s largest companies who have made a commitment to collectively leverage our voices, platforms, talent and resources to help Colorado thrive for the long-term. As committed civic leaders, we believe in the power of committed business leaders to ensure a better and more equitable future for all.

Our Pillars and Process

Economic Mobility is the current focus of our work and we are committed to supporting initiatives that increase opportunities for Coloradans through training and education. In addition, we are committed to actively pursuing diversity, equity and inclusion in all of our work, regardless of topic area. We will expand our focus over time and are currently investigating new initiatives in areas such as environmental sustainability and public safety and infrastructure.

Our Selection Process

We select initiatives using a five-point screening process that includes:

  1. Does the initiative align with our purpose?

  2. What is the potential impact of the project or initiative?

  3. What is the probability the initiative will be successful?

  4. Will support from Colorado Thrives make a significant difference in the likelihood or magnitude of success?

  5. What kind of investment is required?

How We Engage

Colorado Thrives considers the following forms of engagement with the initiatives we support:​

  • Convening business, community and government leaders
  • Advocating for or endorsing policy changes necessary to create an environment for the initiative to thrive
  • Driving change in our members’ organizations
  • Allocating talent to support both nonprofit and for-profit start-up initiatives and organizations
  • Catalyzing innovation and accelerating scale
  • Attracting scaled philanthropy
  • Providing funding

Our Team

Erin Trapp Headshot Erin Trapp

Erin Trapp is Executive Director of Colorado Thrives, an association of 14 current and former Chief Executives from some of Colorado’s largest companies who have made a commitment to collectively leverage their voices, platforms, talent and resources to help Colorado succeed for the long term. Erin has also led other successful nonprofit organizations, including Climate Vault and the Biennial of the Americas. Previously, Erin served in executive leadership roles at the City and County of Denver under then-Mayor John Hickenlooper, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Merrill Lynch Private Client Services. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA in History and Public Policy from Swarthmore College. She serves on the Boards of numerous nonprofit organizations including the Denver School of the Arts Friends Foundation, Take Note Colorado and the Swarthmore College Alumni Council.

When we achieve widespread economic and social mobility, the benefits go far beyond an increase in family income and the state’s economy.

- Jandel Allen-Davis, M.D.
President and CEO, Craig Hospital and Member of Colorado Thrives



Colorado Thrives is actively looking for ideas, with an initial focus on improving economic mobility for all Coloradans, specifically through education, training and other forms of increasing access.

If you have an idea or hope to get in touch with our team, please contact us using the form below.


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