Gill Foundation Announces New CFO

The Gill Foundation announced today the appointment of Golden, CO resident Lauren Arnold as the Foundation’s Chief Financial Officer.  This is a new position for the Foundation. Arnold, who is currently the chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration at Visit Denver, will officially join the foundation on January 1, 2009.

The Gill Foundation, established in 1994 by software entrepreneur Tim Gill, seeks to secure equal opportunity for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.  The Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders focusing primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equal rights. The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado is a program of the Gill Foundation.

As the foundation’s chief financial officer, Lauren will be responsible for leading financial, administrative and IT operations for the Foundation at our Denver and Colorado Springs offices.  “Lauren will bring a breadth of professional and personal experience to this new position at the Foundation.  We are very excited to have her join our already amazing team,” said Gill Foundation executive director, Tim Sweeney.

Prior to joining the Visit Denver, Lauren served as the CFO/COO for an energy company and has also served as an assistant professor at Regis University.  After graduating from college at Dartmouth, Lauren started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. Upon her return to the U.S., she embarked on a career in finance first at Morgan Stanley and then at Credit Suisse First Boston where she rose through the ranks to the position of vice president and COO of one of the company’s finance groups. Along the way, she obtained an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from John Hopkins University. A few years ago, Lauren and her husband decided to move to Colorado to start a family, which now includes two young kids. They now live in Golden.