Tiffany Espinosa


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Tiffany Espinosa

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Innovative pragmatist and enterprising professional with 15 years progressive responsibility in program design & evaluation, performance management & improvement, administration, strategic planning, research, public speaking and writing.


Business Planning, Strategy & Development
Asset Based Community Development
Management and Performance Improvement
Social Ventures, Social Entrepreneurship, Triple Bottom Line
Writing and Public Speaking
Curriculum Design
Quantitative & Qualitative Research


Professional Experience

Graduate School Instructor, 2002-Present

  • Accredited graduate school programs
    • Programs I teach for:
      • Cultural Sustainability Program, Goucher College
      • Managing for Sustainability Program, University of Colorado Denver
      • Bard Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Colorado Denver
      • 11-Month MBA Program, University of Colorado Denver
      • Information Learning Technologies Program, University of Colorado Denver
      • Health Administration Program, University of Colorado Denver
    • Courses I teach:
      • Innovation in the Social Sector (ENTP 6858)               
      • Innovation, Scenario Planning, and Opportunity Analysis (ENTP 6800)
      • Emerging Business Trends and Scenario Planning (BUSN 6800)
      • Business Planning for Social Entrepreneurs (ENTP 6860)
      • Business Planning for Social Entrepreneurs (Accelerated, Hybrid Online Course) (ENTP 6860)
      • Managing Individuals and Teams, Health Administration Section (BUSN 6521)
      • Research in Information Learning Technologies (Online Course) (IT 6720)
      • Social Entrepreneurship for Advocates and Changemakers (CSP 636)

    Manager, Professional and Career Development Training and Strategic Outreach, 11-Month MBA Program, Business School, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, CO 2002-Present

    • An accredited accelerated graduate business school program
    • Manage professional and career development training programs, oversee outreach and administer strategic partnerships with external constituencies 
    • Promoted from Development Coordinator in 2006

    Administrator (Finance & Marketing), Community Care Foundation, Denver, CO 1999-2001

    • A not-for-profit residential treatment center and school for mentally ill teenagers

    Project Assistant, Jenner & Block, Chicago, IL 1997-1999

    • The third largest law firm in Chicago, specializing in corporate law

    Office Manager, Paul's All Trades, Ann Arbor, MI 1996

    • A sole-proprietor building and restoration company specializing in fire damaged properties

    Financial Coordinator, Summer Orientation Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1994-1995

    • A program for all incoming students offered through the University of Michigan


    Recent Professional Organization Membership and Service

    2007-present     Judge, Socially Responsible Business Plan Competition, William James Foundation, Washington, DC
    2007-Present Member , Leadership Denver Alumni Association, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, CO
    2011 Judge, State DECA Conference Business Competition, Colorado DECA, Colorado Springs, CO
    2010 Judge, Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs Business Plan Competition, Young Americans Center for Financial Education, Denver, CO
    2010 Pro bono Business Coach, Georgian Business Development Center and NCFA, Republic of Georgia
    2010  Judge, Future Farmers of America State Marketing Plan Competition, Fort Collins, CO
    2009 Social Enterprise Deal Screener, Angel Capital Summit, Denver, CO
    2005-2009 Member, International Society for Performance Improvement, Front Range Chapter
    11-Month MBA Alumni Association, University of Colorado at Denver, Board of Directors (elect)
    2008 Member, Community Leadership Association Annual Conference Planning Committee, Denver, CO
    2007-2008 Interview and Selection Committee, Leadership Denver, Denver, CO
    2005-2008 Member, Colorado Career Development Association
    2007 Coach, Select Non-Profit Enterprises (Pitch Preparation), Angel Capital Summit, Denver, CO
    2006-2007 Class Member, Leadership Denver, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Denver, CO


    Recent Presentations and Speaking Events

    1. Environmental Value Orientation, Norm Activation and Ecological Behavior Intention.  Accepted for Presentation at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management Conference on Integrating Conservation and Sustainable Living, Madison, WI, 2011
    2. Cross Sector Collaborations, Building Communities, and Social Capital.  Presented for CFI 190D - Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Center for Innovation, Denver, CO 2011
    3. Earned Income Strategies. Presented for Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, Denver, CO 2010
    4. Making Local and Regional Food Systems Successful: Colorado Farming Cooperatives and Farmers’ Attitudes Toward Developing Cooperatives.  Research presented by Jennifer Keeling Bond for the 2010 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting, Denver, 2010
    5. The Triple Bottom Line. Presented for ReGrow LoDo Sustainable Restaurant Summit, Denver, CO 2010
    6. Potential Role of Cooperatives and Collaboratives in Marketing Small and Medium-Size Farmers’ Fresh and Specialty Produce. Research presented by Jennifer Keeling Bond for WERA-72 (Western Extension and Research Activities Committee on Agribusiness) Annual Meeting, Santa Clara, CA, 2010
    7. Social Entrepreneurship and Starting a New Organization.  Presented with Patrick Sablich, Jeremy Duhon, and Johanna Garton for Young Non-Profit Professionals Network (YNPN) Denver, Denver, CO, 2010
    8. Cooperative Business Planning.  Presented for El Centro Humanitario, Denver, CO, 2010
    9. Colorado Center for Latino Health & Wellness Exploratory Group Researcher & Presenter, joint project of the Rose Community Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation, in partnership with Arquero Consulting, 2009
    10. Winning Corporate Partnerships Case Studies Session Moderator, Denver Fundraising Summit, Center for Non-Profit Success, Washington D.C., Session in Denver, CO
    11. Graduation Address: Practical Leadership.  Presented for Alexander Dawson High School, Lafayette, CO, 2009
    12. Earned Income Strategies for Non-Profit Enterprises.  Presented for Social Venture Partners, Denver, CO, 2008
    13. Innovation as a Leadership Practice.  Presented for the Women’s Vision Foundation, Denver, CO, 2008
    14. Improving The Practice of E-Portfolios In Higher Education: A 360° Perspective From Students, Administrators, Faculty, And Hiring Managers.  Presented at the Annual Best Practices Conference for EDMEDIA, International Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications , Vancouver, Canada, 2007
    15. Developing a Business Model. Presented for SafeHouse, Denver, CO, 2006, 2008
    16. The Denver Metro Labor Market. Presented at the Annual Best Practices Conference for the Colorado Career Development Association, Longmont, CO, 2006
    17. Marketing 101.  Presented to the Teen Education Program, Lawyer’s Bureau for Better Housing, Chicago, IL, 1998
    18. Public Speaker and Group Facilitator, Educational Outreach Program, Ann Arbor, MI, 1993-1997

    Educational Background

    PhD Candidate, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, In progress
    Masters of Education, Information Learning Technologies, Curriculum Development and Adult Learning (Specialty), University of Colorado at Denver, 2006, 4.0 GPA
    Masters of Business Administration, University of Colorado at Denver, 2002 Graduated Second in Class
    Bachelors of Science, Social Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997 Summa Cum Laude Certified, New Programs Developer and Marketer, LERN Institute, 2005
    Certified, Programs Planner, LERN Institute, 2004 Global Career Development Facilitator, National Career Development Association, Certified, 2005
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