THE TEAM

Executive Leadership

Aaron Miripol

President & CEO

About Me

Aaron Miripol has 30 years’ experience running community development and affordable housing companies. He has over seen more than $1 billion in direct economic development, including over 3,000 permanently affordable homes. Aaron joined ULC in 2007 and leads this unique real estate company in partnering with a wide range of organizations in the Denver metro area on the strategic acquisition and development of land and buildings to preserve and enhance their ability to create sustainable benefits in underserved communities. To date ULC has invested in 34 properties totaling $100 million in investments, which leverages over $700 million in development.

Over 10,000 people and (more than 80% are low income households) and 2000 jobs are served by ULC’s real estate.  Aaron is a founding member of the Neighborhood Development Collaborative and Mile High Connects, and currently serves on the Board of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Prior to his work at ULC, Aaron was the Executive Director of Thistle Community Housing, providing oversight on one of the fastest growing non-profit housing providers in Colorado. In his nine years at Thistle, the organization’s affordable housing production grew from 100 homes to 1,000 rental and ownership homes valued at over $70 million. Most importantly, Thistle grew from serving 250 people a year to over 3,000 people annually in need of affordable housing.

Before moving to Colorado, Aaron worked in Baltimore running two inner city nonprofit community development corporations, Southwest Visions and The Loading Dock. He was a Goldsmith Scholar in International Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has his BA in History & International Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Erin Clark, Esq.

Vice President of Master Site Development

About Me

Erin Clark joined Urban Land Conservancy in September of 2018 and brings significant experience in redevelopment, planning, due diligence, and real estate financing, sale and acquisition, and leasing. As Vice President of Master Site Development, Erin leads efforts to create long term community benefits on large, multi-phased and multi-use sites throughout the Denver metro area, particularly in transit-oriented development areas.

Erin is committed to seeing development of thoughtful and sustainable urban infill projects that promote walkability and community cohesion. A Denver native, Erin has worked in the fields of planning and development since 2001, starting with a role in real estate and affordable housing at the Lowry Redevelopment Authority. She later spent five years in the City of Pasadena, CA, as a planner in both long-range planning and economic development. There, she participated in the drafting and adoption of a citywide Recreation & Parks Master Plan, and also oversaw large commercial and institutional development projects.

Immediately prior to joining ULC, Erin worked as a transactional real estate attorney and land use consultant in Denver and Boulder. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brown University, a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California, and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erin is a current member of the Denver Planning Board and the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association.

Rick Woodruff

Interim Vice President of Finance

About Me

Rick Woodruff, ULC’s former CFO, is stepping in as ULC’s interim Vice President of Finance to support our finance and accounting needs. Rick has been working closely with ULC over the last 16 months on our two major refinances, Holly Park development, and providing support to the Assets Department.

Sarah Harman

Vice President of Real Estate

About Me

Sarah Harman joined ULC’s team as the Vice President of Real Estate in June of 2021.

Sarah comes to us after finishing six years at the Metropolitan State University of Denver as Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, where she directed the Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis, integrated a set of teams serving the university’s data-informed decision making and culture of continuous improvement, and launched a campus-wide data governance task force. Her previous work has spanned educational filmmaking, affordable housing, and community development with a mission-driven focus. Sarah’s favorite memories include writing a state bill that was signed into law, scripting and directing an immersive presentation to mobilize infrastructure re-investment, founding a crowd-sourced endowed scholarship for university students studying earth and atmospheric sciences, and overseeing construction for ULC of a school for pregnant and parenting teens and their babies.

Sarah enjoys traveling to meet, interview, and be inspired by innovators and change agents worldwide. These have included Bill Strickland, founder of Manchester Bidwell Corporation; Miquel Salines, founder of Vivero Alamar Farm; Will Allen, founder of Growing Power; and Yvonne van Amerongen and Jannette Spiering, founders of De Hogeweyk. For the past decade, she has also performed with Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices and Sankofa — preserving the powerful musical legacy of Africans and their descendants in the United States. Sarah has a master’s degree in fine arts and is writing a doctoral dissertation in political studies.

John Bissell

Director of Property Assets

About Me

John joined ULC September of 2017 as the Director of Property Assets, and oversees the Assets department. In his new role at ULC, John not only manages the Assets team, but is responsible for making decisions that impact the financial performance of ULC’s property assets. In the Director position, John works closely with our third party property managers (as some of ULC’s assets are not directly managed in house) to ensure the overall success of these properties. He is the lead for all properties managed by ULC, with responsibilities including cash flow management, third party contract negotiations, capital improvement projects and the overall guidance of property assets.

 

John has over 24 years of experience in the multi-family and building management industry. Most recently he was the Regional Maintenance Director for Pinnacle, overseeing all aspects of property maintenance operations for the Colorado portfolio. This included capital improvements, building maintenance programs, assistance with building operations, training, recruitment and hiring, budgeting, etc. Before that, he had spent more than 15 years as a Regional Manager for a family owned, owner/operator property management firm. He oversaw and supervised portfolios of 6 to 7 properties, consisting of 1500+/- units. His duties encompassed all aspects of building operations, capital improvement planning and execution, property financial health and growth, customer relations, employee development and budgeting. John Started his adult career in the US Army in an Engineering Battalion as a Draftsman working closely with the Battalion Officer/Engineers on many different types of civil engineering and construction projects for both the Military and in Civil Action Projects.

Angelle Fouther

Director of Communications

About Me

Angelle is currently the Director of Communications for Urban Land Conservancy and has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communications with organizations that include Denver Botanic Gardens, The Denver Foundation, and LiveWell Colorado.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Angelle is driven to aid local communities marginalized by racial and economic. As such, Angelle was the founding chairperson of Montbello Organizing Committee, a nonprofit organization in Far Northeast Denver committed to engaging and equipping residents to address issues such as food access, economic development, and transportation.

She has also served in leadership roles on several boards and as a mayoral appointee to the Denver African American Commission and Blueprint Denver Task Force, and currently, the Denver Planning Board. Angelle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Arts and Culture Certificate from University of Denver.

Angelle has co-launched two publications: Give Magazine, a publication through The Denver Foundation, distributed via the Denver Post and Denver Business Journal highlighting philanthropic giving in Metro Denver and Montbello Urban Spectrum Edition (MUSE), a publication featuring news, perspectives, and events of the Far Northeast Denver community.

Angelle has received the Public Relations Professional of the Year Award from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) as well at two CABJ Scribes in Excellence Awards. She’s also received a Community Leadership Award from Steps to Success, a program of University of Colorado’s Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence.

She is married to Rev. Dr. James E. Fouther, Jr. and has two adult daughters, Danielle and Daryn (both graduates of Colorado State University). In her free time, she enjoys word games, travel, movies, reading, creative writing, and is a gospel and jazz singer.

Assets

Aaron Martinez

Facilities & Sustainability Manager

About Me

Aaron joined ULC in June of 2020 as our Facilities & Sustainability Manager. He is responsible for the efficient and effective operations of ULC’s buildings and assets, as well as long-term planning and project management for ULC’s renewable energy and sustainability projects. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector; focusing on social issues such as environmental sustainability, affordable housing, energy equity, food access, and youth development.

After growing up in Pueblo, CO, Aaron has spent equal time working in both the construction industry and the non-profit sector. From framing houses in the heat of the Texas summer to leading at-risk youth development programs in Pittsburgh, PA and Denver, CO, to implementing emergency home rehabilitation programs in Boulder, CO after disastrous flooding in 2013, he has a broad range of experience. Most recently, Aaron served as Deputy Director for one of the nation’s largest Weatherization Assistance Program providers.

Aaron loves all things outdoors, including skiing, cycling, hiking, camping, and motorcycles. Most evenings you will likely find him on a patio enjoying a cold beverage, preferably near a campfire.

Shawn Huston

Facilities Technician II

About Me

Shawn joined ULC as the Field Maintenance Technician in May of 2018. He is a Colorado Native, and few people have a deeper love or knowledge of all that Colorado has to offer.  He spends his free time on the highest majestic mountain trails to the hidden charms of the Denver’s urban grottos.

Shawn has an associate’s degree in renewable technology and sustainable energy from the Echo Tech Institute as well as his Journeyman in industrial mechanics. He also has extensive knowledge of electrical and building maintenance and experience in landscaping, as he is attentive to bringing the beauty of Colorado into its cityscapes.

Shawn has over 15 years of experience in customer service reconciling the human element with professional objectives. He is grateful to use his experience to work for a nonprofit whose mission he feels passionate about, and he is really looking forward to giving back to the state he loves with his career at Urban Land Conservancy.

Autumn Buehler

Property Manager

About Me

Autumn joined ULC in March 2019 as a Property Manager, bringing an array of experience in property management sector. Autumn started in vacation rentals and eventually moved into single family residential to apartment complexes and finally transitioned into commercial asset management. She earned an Associates Degree in Computer Network Engineering from Westwood College of Technology in Denver.

Autumn is originally from the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. She enjoys the outdoors as much as possible and loves local culture, music, food, arts and events. You will also catch her playing kickball in the summer with the Denver Kick Ball Coalition.

Erin McMillin

Property Manager

About Me

Erin joined ULC in October 2019 as a graduate school intern in the Real Estate Department. In January 2020, she joined the Assets Team full time as a Property Manager. Erin has worked as the President and Executive Director of the Denver Handmade Alliance, as well as an artist and jeweler. As a Real Estate Broker since 2017 and a life-long community organizer and volunteer, she is thrilled to combine her love for Real Estate and social equity in her work.

Erin moved to Colorado in 2003 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from CU Boulder. She is currently in the New Directions Political Science Graduate program at CU Denver. When she is not working or studying you can find Erin cooking, hiking, at a community meeting, making art or walking around the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Carson Draper

Facilities Technician I

About Me

Urban Land Conservancy welcomed Carson to our Facilities and Management Team in November 2019. Carson joins ULC with experience in building maintenance and will add valuable skills and knowledge to ULC’s team.

Carson is from a small town in Utah and grew up scouting and camping almost every weekend. He’s an eagle scout who also loves working on computers. Carson is currently studying at BYU Idaho for animation after teaching himself how to use Adobe Animation in high school.

Autumn Brennan

Properties Assets Coordinator

About Me

Autumn joined Urban Land Conservancy in June 2020 as the Property Assets Coordinator and has over five years of experience working in residential property management and commercial real estate. She began her career in Washington, D.C. after graduating with a history degree from George Mason University. She worked with luxury apartment homes and then transitioned to commercial real estate. Autumn is excited to use her real estate experience to help create sustainable communities in the Denver metro region. 

Autumn is originally from the Washington D.C. metro region and is happy with her choice to move from the East Coast a few years ago. Like many people living in Colorado, she loves the outdoors and adventuring in different parks and trails. You can also catch her in the air practicing aerials, listening to podcasts, or reading a good book while drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Master Site Development and

Real Estate

Katy Hulac

Associate Real Estate Director

About Me

Katy joined ULC in January of 2020 as the Associate Real Estate Director, bringing 22 years of real estate experience.  Katy started her real estate career in college at her family’s property management company in Omaha, Nebraska.  After graduating with an Accounting degree from the University of Nebraska, she moved to the mountains and spent 6 years in Breckenridge working at Land Title before settling in the front range.

Katy’s title background led to a closing position at Signet Partners working with OAHP on the Mark to Market Program.  This was the start of acquiring an appreciation for the complex world of affordable housing.  Prior to joining ULC, she has spent time at Mercy Housing, AIMCO, and Alden Torch Financial, gaining a wide variety of affordable housing and real estate experience.

In her free time Katy loves running, traveling to relay races, and spending time with her daughter and two mini Australian Shepherds.

Carmen Atilano

Manager of Neighborhood Relations

About Me

After nearly 25 years of community relations and civil rights work with the City of Boulder, Carmen became a Manager of Neighborhood Partnerships with the Urban Land Conservancy in 2018.  While in Boulder, she addressed delicate community-relations issues through relationship building, program management, grant making, policy development, team leadership and ordinance enforcement.  Among the policies she prepared for presentation to City Council are a Living-Wage Resolution, a Failure to Pay Wages ordinance, expansion of anti-discrimination legislation to include gender variance and the establishment of an Immigrant Advisory Committee.  As the Manager of Community Relations she supervised Boulder’s Youth Opportunity Program and Community Mediation Services.

In her newly created role, she will serve as a proactive link between ULC staff and members of the neighborhoods in which real estate developments are planned. Her goal is to maximize community awareness and engagement to achieve a positive impact of each development project.

Carmen is a graduate of the Colorado College and earned a masters degree in social anthropology at the Escuela Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia in Mexico City.  She is a native of southern Colorado and has lived in northwest Denver since 1987.

Anna Mercurio

Master Site Development Project Manager

About Me

Anna Mercurio joined ULC in September of 2019.  Anna has worked with a mix of land development and special district clients for the last decade and a half, providing an amalgam of legal and project management services.

As Master Site Development Project Manager for ULC, Anna provides technical, research and project management expertise as ULC creates large scale, multi-phased and multi-use developments.  Anna works to ensure all projects are completed in alignment with ULC goals and community identified needs.

Immediately before joining ULC, Anna worked in civil engineering, splitting her time between project management work, including regulatory permitting, survey and GIS projects, and operations management, focusing on financial and project reporting, team and client relationship building and process implementation and improvement.

Anna has also served as a Special District Administrator; handling statutory requirements and other operations of metropolitan districts in the greater Denver area.  Similarly, she provided legal support to metropolitan districts, working with developers, consultants and local governments assisting in the creation, management and dissolution of special districts.

Anna received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado State University, her paralegal certification from an ABA-approved college and is PMP certified.

Communications and

Office Support

Alexa Culshaw

Communications & Grants Manager

About Me

Alexa joined Urban Land Conservancy in October of 2019 as the Communications and Grants Manager. Alexa is responsible for the design, creation, and publication of ULC’s outreach and marketing materials, in addition to ULC’s grant processes and efforts. She also leads event coordination.

Alexa is a Colorado native who has dedicated her professional career to serving our community through access to healthcare at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is ecstatic to be working for ULC as they continue to better the outcomes of Coloradans in underserved communities.

Alexa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, and a Masters of Renaissance Literature from the University of York in York, England. She is a book nerd, an avid traveler, and lover of all things outdoors, especially skiing and road biking.

Chris Leding

Executive Coordinator

About Me

Chris joins ULC after spending the bulk of her career as Communications Director at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) moving from the important issue of preserving the outdoors to the important issues of neighborhoods and housing at ULC.

Chris spent 19 years at GOCO, which was created by the voters in 1992 as a dedicated funding source for outdoor projects. In her tenure there, she was responsible for all media relations, collateral materials and public outreach efforts across the state in addition to overseeing legislative affairs. Prior to joining GOCO, she had wide-ranging responsibilities in a Colorado-based strategic planning, business and political consulting firm.

As executive assistant, she will be using her years of experience in staffing executive directors and board members. She will also be assisting ULC’s public policy advocacy efforts.

Chris hold a bachelor’s degree in political science. In her spare time, she loves being with her husband, daughters and cats.

Shannon Luedke

Office Manager

About Me

Shannon joined Urban Land Conservancy in April of 2019 as the Office Manager. Shannon’s background includes over 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant and executive assistant for a variety of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Shannon is passionate about customer service in her role and is dedicated to supporting ULC staff members and ensuring office management runs as efficiently as possible.  Shannon is excited to be back working for a nonprofit who she believes has an amazing mission to support great communities in Colorado.

Shannon is a native of Colorado and enjoys all that our state has to offer.  Her biggest pride and joy is her son Barry who plays college football at Colorado State University.  Shannon is usually at Barry’s games both in and out of state during football season, and always finds an excuse to talk about football any time of year. Go Rams!

Finance

Victor Hernandez

Director of Accounting

About Me

Victor joined Urban Land Conservancy in August of 2019 as the Director of Accounting.  Victor is responsible for overseeing the general accounting and financial reporting functions of ULC and its subsidiaries.  He brings a diverse background with over 25 years of affordable housing and accounting experience.  Victor has worked in affordable housing at the national, state and local levels.

Before joining ULC, Victor was a manager at a public accounting firm which specialized in accounting and fund administration for private equity firms.  Victor holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Masters of Accountancy from Texas State University.  Victor is a certified public accountant licensed in Colorado and Texas.

2021 Board of Directors

Bill Ryan, Board Chair
Colorado State Land Board

Bill Pruter, Past Board Chair
Nichols Partnership

Rob Holway, Treasurer
M&T Bank

Dawn Bookhardt, Secretary
Butler Snow

Anne Garcia, Past Board Chair
Retired – Rose Community Foundation

David Younggren, Past Board Chair
Piton Foundation, Gary Community Investments

Matthew Barry
National Western Center Authority

Denise Denslow
CliftonLarsonAllen

Tim Howard
Former ULC Executive Director and Founding Board Member

Grant Swanson
Reduex Developments

Molly Urbina
Urbina Strategies, LLC.

Tracy Winchester 
Colorado Department of Revenue

 

Past Board Members

Diane Barrett
City and County of Denver

George Beardsley
Inverness Properties LLC

Scott Beasley
Inverness Properties LLC

Peter Bowes
Bowes and Company

Sue Casey
Former Denver City Councilwoman

Mary Cronin
Former President, The Piton Foundation

Renee Desai
Neighborworks

David Fine, Secretary
General Counsel, Metro State University

Jamie Fitzpatrick
Corum Real Estate

Tom Gougeon
Gates Family Foundation

Ismael Guerrero
Denver Housing Authority

Beverly Haddon
Former CEO of Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities

Rus Heise, Past Board Chair
Retired – RBC Capital Markets

Myrna Hipp
Former Deputy Director, Denver Office of Economic Development

David Miller
Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise

Skip Miller
Miller Real Estate

Cec Ortiz

John Parvensky
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Rick Pederson
Foundation Properties

Susan Powers
Urban Ventures LLC

George Shaw
Shaw Construction

Mark Smith
East West Partners