The Yampa Valley Community Foundation announced that Tim Wohlgenant has been named as the organization’s new Executive Director and will be begin on May 1, 2020.
Tim was selected by YVCF’s Board of Trustees after an extensive national search and consideration of candidates from nonprofit, foundation and private sectors. Tim will assume the role previously held by Mark Andersen, who announced his departure from YVCF at the end of 2019 after serving 10 years as Executive Director.
Tim’s career has centered around building trusting partnerships with others – whether with community partners or teams within organizations – to articulate vision and develop strategy to achieve those visions.
Tim has worked in the private and public arenas, the for-profit and non-profit sectors, in partnership with government agencies, and by developing strategic collaborations. Along the way, he has successfully learned to harness the talents of diverse stakeholders to pull in the same direction by building upon shared values and interests. Tim has played a leadership role in successful efforts to start several non-profit organizations including the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (now in its 25th year and one of the most successful land trusts in the country), the Bluff Lake Nature Center (a 26-year old Denver non-profit), and the South Dakota Agricultural Land Trust (a current effort to establish the state’s first statewide land trust).
Most recently Tim has been Coalition Director of For the Love of Colorado, a collaboration of water stakeholders from across the state seeking to address the funding gap standing in the way of full implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan.
Prior to his work with For the Love of Colorado, in 2007 Tim joined the Trust for Public Land as Colorado State Director, and was later named Chief Operating Officer for the national organization. Under his leadership the Colorado office raised over $92 million to protect some of the state’s most precious and threatened lands for public enjoyment, and to design and build parks and natural areas where they are needed most in the Denver metro area.
Earlier in his career, Tim devoted ten years as a principal with Western Land Group, Inc., a private consulting firm specializing in public land exchange facilitation. During that time, he worked with the Emerald Mountain Partnership to put together the federal and state land exchange which resulted in the BLM’s acquisition of Emerald Mountain in Steamboat Springs. Before returning to settle in his home state of Colorado, Tim spent several years at the World Wildlife Fund’s RESOLVE Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C., where he implemented international training projects and facilitated domestic consensus-based mediations.
Tim has served on a number of non-profit boards including Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, and the Bluff Lake Nature Center.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and its outstanding board and staff, and to create a new home in northwest Colorado,” says Tim. “At the same time, I feel it’s important to acknowledge what an unusual and troubling time this is. Last weekend, with temperatures in Denver reaching into the seventies, daffodils seemed to suddenly appear and peach trees down our street burst into blossom. It feels odd to me that we find ourselves sticking close to home as we continue social isolation while outside, Spring arrives with its usual glory. I know this is a sentiment shared by those in the Yampa Valley.”
“Throughout my career, I have worked closely with many different foundations, from small family and community foundations to large national institutions,” Tim shares. “I believe the heart of every nonprofit organization is its staff and board. The YVCF team is passionate about this community and about fulfilling the organization’s mission of ‘Connecting People Who Care with Causes that Matter.’ I am excited to get to know the generous donors of the region and learning about what they most care about, so we can build upon the successes of the past and together make the Yampa Valley an even more wonderful place to live, work and play.”
Tim spends his weekends skiing, whitewater rafting and hiking with his wife, their two dogs, and as much as possible with his 21 and 24-year old daughters. He holds an M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Biology from Brown University.
Glory Burns, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director since January, says, “I am thrilled to welcome Tim to this organization and to the Yampa Valley. It has been an honor to work with such a talented staff and professional board.” Glory will continue to work with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation as a member of the Investment Committee.
“I am pleased to welcome Tim Wohlgenant to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation as Executive Director,” says Board Chair David Foster. “We look forward to his energy and leadership as we embark on the next chapter of the Foundation’s growth and expanded contribution to the Yampa Valley.”
“Over the last two months, our world has shifted in dramatic ways and none of us will emerge untouched by this global pandemic,” Tim states. “It’s impossible to know what lasting changes will result from this crisis. But the immediate outpouring of generous support the Yampa Valley community has shown through YVCF’s Covid-19 Response Fund, as just one example, gives me great confidence that we will surface on the other side with a renewed commitment to address the inequities that have been unveiled, particularly with regard to access to resources that are so essential to community well-being. I look forward to learning about the highest priority concerns of the Yampa Valley and partnering with the people and organizations dedicated to enhancing the lives of all our community’s residents.”