It is our sincere pleasure to introduce our community to Maciel Leon, one of SVP’s new Board members, who started her board term in April 2022.
As the Community Action Programs (CAP) Division Manager for Boulder County Community Services, Maciel Leon first connected with SVP Boulder County through a colleague at CAP. “One of my staff was connected to SVP by accident. This fortunate accidental meeting led to a working relationship with an SVP Partner during the height of the pandemic. This working relationship led to a successful re-development and re-launch of CAP’s People Engaged in Raising Leaders (PERL) program,” said Maciel. For the past two years, SVP and PERL’s program coordinator have worked closely together to evaluate programs, to provide coaching support, and to assist with PERL’s Boards & Commissions four-week training workshop.
Maciel has served on several boards in the past and sees joining SVP’s Board of Directors as an opportunity to evolve SVP’s community engagement and to help make SVP’s programs more accessible to diverse communities. “Serving on the SVP board will give me the opportunity to experience governance and leadership through the lens of philanthropy. I am also looking forward to the opportunity of expanding relationships and being able to leverage my experience in different ways,” stated Maciel.
Giving back to the Boulder County community, a place that she has lived for 21 years, is something that means a lot to Maciel. “The best way of getting to know your community and its citizens is by giving back. I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back whether it be through philanthropy, civic engagement, and/or acts of service. Giving back to Boulder County over the years through acts of service and community engagement has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to make the world a better place for the next generation,” said Maciel.
Professionally, Maciel became Boulder County’s Community Action Programs (CAP) Division Manager in 2018. Prior to joining CAP, Maciel served as a Law Enforcement Victim Services Coordinator and first responder for twelve years for the Longmont Police Department and Boulder County Sheriff’s Department. During her career in victim services, Maciel became a certified trainer and national crisis first responder for NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance). Maciel also has a background and years of experience in the field of Restorative Justice. She served as a facilitator for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Restorative Justice Program as well as a facilitator/trainer for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP).
In her free time, Maciel enjoys skydiving and the occasional rollercoaster (even though she’s afraid of heights!) as well as traveling and the culinary arts. Maciel concludes, “There is always a new restaurant, hiking trail, or experience that comes up, making Boulder County a place of never-ending possibilities and adventures.”
Please join us in welcoming Maciel to SVP Boulder County!