Aspen Community Foundation Welcomes a Dynamic Group of New Team Members

Aspen Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce several new team members will join the nonprofit this spring. ACF welcomes a new Cradle to Career director, operations manager, program manager and program coordinator. Each of these talented new employees brings unique expertise that will move the Foundation forward in its mission of bringing people together to solve community problems.

“ACF is thrilled to work alongside such accomplished individuals who share our passion for and commitment to the Aspen community,” said Executive Director Tamara Tormohlen. “We are confident that their expertise will elevate the foundation’s existing programs and help to bring our vision into the future.”

The Aspen Community Foundation welcomes: 

Matt Rowe, Cradle to Career Director

Matt Rowe brings 25 years of experience as a researcher, professor, nonprofit manager and fundraiser to the Cradle to Career program. Rowe has worked on research projects investigating HIV prevention, foster care, higher education and LGBTQ+ communities that resulted in a number of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. He also managed drop-in and outreach programs for homeless young adults in San Francisco, providing preventive health services to a highly vulnerable population. Rowe is eager to leverage his diverse skill set as the new Cradle to Career Director.

"Cradle to Career already has a strong track record in advancing school readiness and educational outcomes throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and in our neighboring communities,” said Rowe. “We have the opportunity to build on this legacy by honing our approach to target the vulnerabilities that still exist, working with our partners to identify and move the needle on specific, measurable outcomes."

Daniel Benavent, Operations Manager

Benavent joins ACF following several years in performing arts administration, including Aspen Music Festival and School, Theatre Aspen and the Manhattan School of Music. His career training included the New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leaders Boot Camp and OPERA America’s Leadership Intensive. Benavent also serves as a board member and volunteer for several local nonprofits.

Eli Carpenter, Program Manager

Prior to joining Aspen Community Foundation, Carpenter served as the Producing Artistic Director for the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre in Trinidad, Colorado where he produced a repertory season of plays, musicals, cabarets and built a new works initiative fostering the development of work by early-career writers. Previously, Carpenter toured the country on the management team for the national tour of the Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen.

Joseline Rivas, Navigator Program Coordinator

Rivas will be responsible for the program creation, launch and administration of Bridging Resources, created to further encourage equity, and provide a cohesive resource for the community. From 2017 to 2021, Rivas worked with local school districts in the Roaring Fork Valley, supporting families in navigating resources and case management.

The hiring of these four individuals marks an exciting new chapter for ACF.