The Illuminate Colorado team has recently grown by two members! Cristina Bejarano joined us as our Director of Strategic Initiatives and Mike Robbins as our Grants & Development Manager. Get to know them and how they are adding to Illuminate’s capacity to support families and prevent child maltreatment across Colorado!
Meet Cristina Bejarano, MPH
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Cristina Bejarano (she/her/ella) joined the Illuminate team in February as the Director of Strategic Initiatives! In her role, Cristina oversees the strategic planning, facilitation, and ongoing coordination of multiple coalitions and community-based efforts working to positively impact children and families across Colorado. The addition of Cristina to the team will increase Illuminate’s ability to build, strengthen, and support networks, coalitions, and other strategic initiatives that serve and support Colorado families.
As a public health professional working to increase health equity, Cristina has worked with local communities, philanthropy, federal and state governments, and international organizations to build collaborative relationships for collective impact.
Cristina’s lifelong passion is working with systemic structures to increase the communities’ capacity for wellbeing, and she is thrilled to be working in a role that allows her to contribute to brighter futures for kids and families.
Outside of work, you can find Cristina running around with her two kids and partner and supporting community efforts. Her favorite part about living in Colorado is the four seasons that allow for fun outside activities all year long!
Meet Mike Robbins
Grants & Development Manager
Mike Robbins (he/him/his) joined the Illuminate team in March as the Grants & Development Manager! In his role, Mike is responsible for shepherding Illuminate’s fundraising efforts through individual giving, grants, events, and sponsorships. The addition of Mike to the team will increase Illuminate’s ability to build donor relationships, increase grant involvement, and strengthen fundraising efforts upon which the organization can grow and thrive.
Before joining Illuminate, Mike studied at The Institute for Leaders in Development at Denver University, and worked in nonprofit communications, resource development, grant writing, donor stewardship, event planning, and volunteer management.
Mike is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children, youth and families, and loves that he is able to use his experience in mission-driven storytelling and development to grow Illuminate’s community of donors and grant funders.
In his free time, Mike enjoys hiking, yardwork, cheering on the Nuggets and Kansas State Wildcats, plus checking out great restaurants with friends. His favorite part about living in Colorado is the generosity, grit, and tenacity of Coloradans!
Interested in joining the Illuminate Colorado team? Check out our open positions!
This year Illuminate has grown by leaps and bounds. Join us as we welcome our new team members and explore how they are helping us to strengthen families across the spectrum of prevention.
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