Letter to the Community: Javier Soto Named President and CEO of The Denver Foundation

The Denver Foundation

Dear Friends of The Denver Foundation,

On behalf of The Denver Foundation Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to announce that Javier Alberto Soto, President and CEO of The Miami Foundation, has been named as our new President and CEO. 

Javier is the sixth President and Chief Executive Officer in The Denver Foundation’s 94-year history. He will step down from The Miami Foundation at the end of September to join The Denver Foundation in October.

Javier shares The Denver Foundation’s commitment to building stronger communities up from the grassroots. Combined with our deep roots in Metro Denver, Javier’s varied experience and dynamic leadership will bring new energy, ideas, and a fresh perspective to our efforts to address today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. 

Over the course of Javier’s 10-year tenure as The Miami Foundation’s leader, he led the organization through a period of significant growth in assets, ambitions, and aspirations. He positioned the Foundation at the center of civic and philanthropic activity in the Greater Miami area. Javier has broad influence within the philanthropic sector. He serves on many boards, including the Council on Foundations, where he recently completed a two-year term as Board Chair.

Javier’s deep and relevant professional experience elevated him to the top of a pool of more than 350 highly qualified local and national candidates. After an extensive search by our search committee, which was informed by feedback from community and nonprofit leaders, donors, volunteers, and staff, he was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees on June 18, 2019.

With strong personal ties to Colorado, Javier and his family have visited the Denver area many times and are looking forward to connecting deeply with its history, neighborhoods, and people.
“Miami has been my home since I was three years old. I always knew it would take a very special place to get me to leave Miami. Metro Denver checks all the boxes,” Javier says. “I am honored to join The Denver Foundation, one of the leading community foundations in the country. Greater Miami and Metro Denver are two of the fastest growing large cities in America. Denver has reached an exciting inflection point in terms of population growth, demographic change, and economic development. I’m looking forward to working with The Denver Foundation team and the entire community to build on the Foundation’s long record of driving local solutions and bringing people with divergent perspectives together around common goals.”

Virginia B. Bayless, The Denver Foundation’s Interim President and CEO, will remain with the Foundation into the fall. We are so grateful to Ginny for serving the Foundation so well during this period of transition, and for many years as a Trustee and Board Chair. 

To learn more about Javier, please visit our website. We look forward to sharing more about Javier in the coming months, and to introducing him to Metro Denver in October.

Thank you for your support of The Denver Foundation and our shared communities.

Nita Mosby Tyler, Chair, Board of Trustees

Betsy Mangone, Trustee

Co-Chairs, CEO Search Committee

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