Hope Wisneski is the program officer who works with the director of policy and advocacy to research, develop, and implement comprehensive, strategic agendas for LGBT-focused national grant making. Hope is responsible for managing the state equality fund and working on policy advocacy programs.
Before joining the foundation, Hope was the deputy executive director of The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), where she oversaw daily operations, supervised all programs, and supported a $3.5 million capital campaign and new building project. She also served as The Center’s director of youth services, gaining national recognition for her expertise with LGBT youth. Hope previously held client service and management roles in juvenile justice and mental health agencies.
Hope was a trainer for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action and provided LGBT competency training at the local, regional, and national level. She has co-authored ten publications focusing on LGBT youth issues including suicide, school experiences, and homelessness. The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work gave her its 2011 Alumni award for her community service and board roles with Rocky Mountain Equal Care Coalition, Komen Foundation Denver Affiliate, American Society on Aging, Johnson and Wales University, Denver Alliance for Tobacco Health, Colorado Organizations Responding to AIDS, Colorado Anti-Violence Program, and Colorado AIDS Project.
Hope earned her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver in 2000, where she is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching graduate classes on topics including leadership, community engagement, and nonprofit management. She also serves as Vice President for Community Shares of Colorado.