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Barbara Volpe

Barbara Volpe


Barbara Volpe has returned to direct the Presidents Leadership Class after three years of retirement.  Her first tour as PLC Director lasted for almost six years and now she is serving as interim director until a new director is hired. 

Prior to PLC, she was the President for ten years of the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), an organization founded by the business community to improve the quality of K-12 public schools in Colorado. Before joining the PEBC she coordinated special projects for former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm at his Center for Public Policy at the University of Denver.

In addition to numerous leadership positions, her leadership background includes training through the Center for Creative Leadership and participation in the Denver Community Leadership Forum Class of 1994.  She also developed a series of Outward Bound leadership courses for K-12 educators and founded a K-12 public school in Denver based on Outward Bound pedagogy, The Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. 

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has more than 40 years of professional and management experience in the private and nonprofit sectors.  She serves as a member of the E2 Working Group for public school innovation (Entrepreneurs & Educators) and is a member of the Community Advisory Board of Manual High School in Denver.  Over the years, she has served on the boards of the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, the Odyssey Expeditionary Learning School, the Colorado Outward Bound School and Outward Bound West, the Berger Foundation, and the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.  She also worked for eight years as a consultant to the Rapides Foundation on a large school reform project in Central Louisiana.

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