Carmelita spends half of her time managing DK’s accounting, finances, and human resources. She spends the other half of her time working on various projects at the foundation. Currently Carmelita is collaborating with other funders and organizations to explore a new approach to administer CCAP (Colorado Child Care Assistance Program). She is also working on a project with her DK and ReSchool colleagues to see how might we equitably shift power over learning to children and their families.
Prior to working at DK, Carmelita was an event planner for corporate, nonprofit, social and entertainment groups at the Hotel Monaco-Denver. A Colorado native, Carmelita holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado: Denver. As a graduate student, Carmelita completed her capstone project with New Legacy Charter School. Carmelita sought to better understand the barriers that pregnant and parenting students face that prevent their consistent attendance in school. By learning from student-led conversations and best practices locally and nationally, Carmelita made recommendations to promote higher attendance rates among New Legacy students and their young children.