Gill Foundation

Desiree Salazar

November 3, 2020

As the grants manager, Desiree Salazar facilitates the foundation’s grant-making operations through all stages of the process and with staff across all levels of the organization. In this role, she serves as the project manager who leads the strategic design and use of data systems to drive docket timelines, manage and reconcile budgets, and ensure…

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Steph Perkins

February 3, 2020

Steph Perkins is a program officer at the Gill Foundation, responsible for identifying and developing grant-making strategies in the states to help advance nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Steph comes to the Gill Foundation from PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization. Steph first joined PROMO as a part-time field organizer in 2008 in Springfield, and…

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Alec Sarche

December 20, 2019

Alec Sarche is the communications associate at the Gill Foundation, responsible for operating the foundation’s external and internal communications and maintaining contact with stakeholders. Alec previously served as the Grant and Program Assistant at the foundation, and has deep experience in the world of podcasting, new media, and pop culture and entertainment from his time…

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Michael Dabbs

March 25, 2019

As senior communications officer, Michael Dabbs is responsible for leading the foundation’s communications, research, and media accountability portfolios, working in partnership with the communications and programs departments to direct research, craft messaging, and design breakthrough projects that spark debate and build demand for equal treatment of LGBTQ people. He also has supervisory responsibilities for the…

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Owen Loftus

September 22, 2017

As a senior program officer, Owen Loftus is responsible for grant-making strategies in Florida, as well as the foundation’s conservative and business efforts. Owen is a life-long Coloradan. He grew up in Pueblo and is a graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo where he earned degrees in English and political science. After graduating college, Owen worked…

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Denise Whinnen

September 8, 2014

As director of Colorado programs, Denise Whinnen manages a diverse set of portfolios that invest in Colorado to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to thrive. This dynamic scope of work includes LGBT advocacy and services; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, which cultivates critical-thinking skills and prepares students for 21st century jobs; and,…

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