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Paula Herzmark

Executive Director


Paula Herzmark has served as the executive director of the Denver Health Foundation since July 2004, after serving as the chair of the board of directors for the Denver Health and Hospital Authority for the previous eight years. Paula brings a wealth of experience to the Denver Health Foundation, having served more than 10 years as the chief executive officer of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, where she managed the activities, programs and operations of the $10 million-per-year center. Prior to this position, she spent eight years in the cable television industry, serving for over six years as the president-owner and chief executive officer of Prime Time Cable Corporation, a private cable television company. She served in Governor Richard D. Lamm’s cabinet as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for five years, after having served as the governor’s legislative liaison.

Paula’s numerous administrative and leadership positions have offered her unique opportunities to understand the intricacies of fundraising and positioning the Denver Health Foundation to achieve positive outcomes. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Texas.   

Paula is currently a commissioner and President of the Denver Water Board, and has served on the board of Opera Colorado and numerous other boards in the community, including a Trustee on the Board of Colorado Mesa University, the Board of National Jewish Hospital (and a member of its Executive Committee as Chair of the Administrative Services committee), Stapleton Foundation, Denver Judicial Nominating Commission, Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, The Listen Foundation, and the Central City Opera Association.