Martha Lee has been intricately involved in leadership development throughout her career—
supporting emerging and seasoned leaders in finding and following their passions.
For the past six years, Ms. Lee has been the executive director of the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. Her role in the Alliance, she says, is “ as a team to hold the space for Kellogg Fellows and our collaborating partners to work on projects that have the potential to change systems… In these safe spaces, dreams emerge. KFLA supports Fellows coming together to work on issues that have the potential to impact more than their immediate sphere of influence.”
Ms. Lee was born to Chinese parents in Panama, and was raised in Panama City. At eighteen, she came to the United States to go to college. She attained a bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from Concordia College, then earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado-Denver.
Before her involvement with KFLA, Ms. Lee was president and founder of the Asian Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute, an organization to enhance and enrich the leadership skills of Asian American and Pacific Islander women through education, networking, and mentoring. Prior to that, she worked as a program officer for the Denver Foundation, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, and Mile High United Way. She was also executive director of the Asian American Foundation of Colorado.
Ms. Lee has served on the on the board of directors of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, and on the board of Girl Scouts USA. She was awarded a Kellogg Fellowship in 1995.
Describing how she strives to make a difference, she says, “I try to go through life with my hands outstretched so that I can grab hold and pull someone up. I was lucky to be born where I was born and to have the gifts that I was given. It’s important to pass that along.”
Ms. Lee has three children and resides in Denver, Colorado
|Michelle Di Benedetto is KFLA's Programs & Development Director. Michelle is responsible for the KFLA fund development program, including the annual fund, online auction, major gifts and event sponsorship. She shares responsibility for planning the KFLA programs, including a continuing Call to Action series on fissues of justice, rights and equity.
She is a current member of the Anti-Defamation Leagues Glass Leadership Program and a past participant in the Institute for Leaders in Development, a professional development opportunity for emerging leaders from Colorado's nonprofit organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Teaching International Relations and on the community advisory board for the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion.
Michelle most recently held a position as Interim Membership Director/Membership Coordinator for the Colorado Historical Society, producing special events and membership benefits for over 5,000 individuals and corporations throughout Colorado.
In 2009, she completed a Master of Arts degree in International Human Rights with a Global Health certificate from University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Philanthropy & Nonprofit Fundraising from Northwestern University and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, French & Commercial Italian from DePaul University.
|Christine Hofstad is KFLA's Office Manager. Christine is responsible for supporting the KFLA team, assisting each member in the planning and successful execution of programs and events.
Prior to joining KFLA, Christine worked for many years within the mortgage industry. Her relocation to Denver presented the opportunity for a career change and she pursued her desire to work for an organization that encouraged and fostered the exchange of ideas between individuals as a means of implementing structural change in communities.
In September 2004, Christine received a Master of Arts degree in English & American Literature from New York University. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in English & American Literature from Montclair State University. Christine dedicates her spare time to writing and is currently working on a novel.
|Dianne Cole is KFLA's Programs Manager.|
|Jaron Curtsinger is KFLA's Programs & Technology Assistant.|
|Beverly Martinez is KFLA's Special Programs Director.|
|Debbie Roth is KFLA's Accountant.|