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Denver Health Foundation Welcomes Three New Board Members

February 05, 2019

Denver Health Foundation is excited to announce the addition of three new board members: Haroun  Cowans, Brooke Gordon and Bruce Madison, MD.  All are longtime supporters of the Denver community, and Denver Health Foundation welcomes their interest, energy and acumen.  Read below to learn more about their backgrounds and accomplishments.

Haroun Cowans

Haroun Cowans is chief real estate officer for The Flyfisher Group and a commercial real estate broker at NAI Shames Makovsky. With more than 20 years of experience in the real estate investment and financing industry, Haroun brings an expert perspective on community engagement, development, placemaking in urban environments and adaptive re-use.

Haroun began his career as a mortgage broker before moving into financial services at Merrill Lynch. At WAA Consulting he raised capital for startups and developed the relationships necessary to become a financial advisor for high net worth individuals and family offices at Waddell & Reed. Haroun managed two branches for a national commercial bank, leading one branch from subpar results to become the top performing branch in the country. Haroun’s greatest passion is his work as an associate pastor at Church in the City Beth Abraham.

Haroun lends his time to two Mayoral appointments, the Denver Human Services Board and the Advisory Committee for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness. He is a member of the Denver District Attorney Advisory Council and the Denver African American Philanthropists. He serves as the board chair for Impact Empowerment Group and as a board member of Colorado Enterprise Fund and 5280 High School. Previously he served on the boards of Youth Biz, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Judaism in the Foothills and the East Denver YMCA.

Brooke Gordon

Brooke Gordon is a principal and manager of Iselo Investment Partners, a Denver real estate investment company.

She is on the board of directors of The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (Vice President, 2015-2018) and sits on the Governing Board of the Epilepsy Foundation where she is actively engaged with the Mental Health Initiative.

As a supporter of art and cultural organizations in Denver, Brooke has served on a number of boards and committees for groups such as Wonderbound, Visionbox Actors Studio, Platte Forum and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Brooke is a third generation native of Colorado. She is married to Tom Gordon and they have two daughters, Isabelle and Eloise.

Bruce Madison, MD

Dr. Madison, a fourth generation Denverite, graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in 1975. He trained in Internal Medicine at D.C. General Hospital, in Washington, D.C., and in Emergency Medicine at Michigan State University. After finishing his training, Dr. Madison practiced Emergency Medicine at Rose Medical Center in Denver for nine years. He was the director of the department of emergency medicine from 1984-1986. After his clinical career at Rose, Dr. Madison pursued his passion in public health with a move to Boston, where he worked for the Harvard Community Health Plan and received his Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a focus on Health Policy and Management, from the Harvard School of Public Health.

For the following several years, Dr. Madison worked in a variety of health management positions, including as the medical director for two national health insurance companies. In 1997, he was recruited to become the associate medical director at University Physicians, Inc., now known as CU Medicine, which represents the healthcare providers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

After recuperating from a heart transplant in 2004, Dr. Madison became involved in the health policy / political world in Colorado. He chaired the Legislative Council of the Colorado Medical Society, and has been awarded the Health Hero of Colorado Award by Health Care for All Colorado, the Commitment to Health Access Award by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, and the Founders Circle Award by the Colorado Center for Health Progress.

Dr. Madison lives in Denver with his wife, Susan. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

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