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Katherine Peck

Senior Vice President, Civic Participation Action Fund

Katherine Peck is currently the Senior Vice President of the Civic Participation Action Fund. She is formerly the Senior Vice President of programs for the Gill Foundation, where she was responsible for overseeing the foundation’s grant making and strategic programs, nationally and in Colorado, focusing on achieving full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Katherine is responsible for the development and implementation of policy advocacy programs, and programs directed at building alliances with non-LGBT individuals, organizations and institutions. Katherine came to the Gill Foundation from the Denver-based Rose Community Foundation, where she was vice president for programs. At Rose, Katherine had oversight responsibility for the foundation’s grantmaking, which in 2004 totaled more than $8 million in the foundation’s five program areas: aging, child and family development, education, health, and Jewish life. Katherine’s extensive history of community involvement includes the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, where she served as board president; the Denver Foundation’s civic and education advisory committee; and the boards of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the Colorado Women’s Forum, and the Legal Aid Foundation. She is currently on the boards of the Colorado Nonprofit Association and the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. Prior to joining the Rose Community Foundation, Katherine was a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP where she practiced law from 1984 to 2001. She served in various leadership positions within the firm including the executive committee and was an openly gay partner in one of Denver’s most prestigious law firms. She has also provided pro bono legal counsel to gay and lesbian people seeking to adopt children and has worked with grassroots activists working to defeat Amendment 2. Katherine earned her law degree from the University of Denver, attending school in the evenings while working as a financial analyst for the United Bank of Denver National Association. Katherine has been recognized as a Woman Leader of Excellence by the Colorado Women’s Leadership Coalition, and is a member of the prestigious Women’s Leadership Circle of the Girl Scouts of Colorado. Most recently, the Colorado Women’s Bar Association honored Katherine with its “Raising the Bar Award.”