ULC wishes to offer our gratitude to colleague Patrick Horvath and his incredible body of work as he transitions this month from The Denver Foundation, where he has served as an advocate for countless communities and organizations for more than 20 years.
Before becoming Deputy Vice President of Programs and Director of Economic Opportunity, Patrick was the Foundation’s Strengthening Neighborhoods Program (SNP) Director for 14 years. SNP focused on the power of neighborhood residents to make a difference in their communities and offered capacity-building grants and technical assistance for grassroots individuals and groups toward their efforts. In this vein, Patrick and SNP were instrumental in partnering with ULC to support Northeast Park Hill residents in redeveloping the Holly Square Shopping Center after being burned down in 2008. ULC and the City of Denver purchased 2.6 acres of the site and worked alongside Northeast Park Hill residents, led by the Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP) and The Denver Foundation’s Strengthening Neighborhoods Program, to move the community’s vision forward for the redevelopment of Holly Square, resulting in the youth and community center that thrive today.
Patrick was also instrumental in the creation of another of ULC’s key partners, Mile High Connects. What started as a cross-sector collaborative to ensure that the multi-billion dollar investment in the Denver region’s mass transit system promoted equity and access to opportunity for all the region’s residents, Mile High Connects has grown into a broad partnership of organizations—from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors—committed to increasing access to housing choices, good jobs, quality schools, and essential services via public transit.
Additionally, Patrick serves as an advisor and board member for the Center for Community Wealth Building, along with ULC’s Michael Miera. The Center works to transform the current economic development system to a more inclusive and equitable model that prioritizes democratically-owned businesses, emphasizes local procurement, and ensures social, environmental, and institutional sustainability.
ULC thanks Patrick for his visionary, equity-focused work and trust we will find new ways to collaborate in his next chapter.