Olivia Mendoza


Olivia Mendoza is the Director of Strategic Partnerships with the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. In this position she is responsible for the Institutes’ advancement and community outreach strategy.

Previously she was the Director of the Minority Business Office in the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Mendoza was responsible for advancing the minority business community in Colorado and fully integrating these businesses into the Economic Development plans for Colorado. Overseeing all of the operations and programs of the office serving minority and women businesses and providing win-win solutions for these business enterprises to ensure access to opportunity, capital and resources.

Olivia has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit, public and private sector, having worked at Wells Fargo and Lucent Technologies. She also spent thirteen years working in the non-profit sector to advance issues that impact the Latino Community including serving as the Executive Director of the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy & Research Organization, Development Director of the Latin American Educational Foundation and Associate Director of the Corporate Work Study Program at Arrupe Jesuit High School.

Leadership is a cornerstone of Olivia’s professional development, including being a fellow of the 2015 inaugural class of the Latino Leadership Institute. She was also recently selected as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. In 2013, she became Livingston Fellow and in 2011 National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow.

Olivia believes in giving her best professionally and volunteering in her community. Serving as a Board Member for Colorado Judicial Institute, where she chairs the Public Education Committee, and on the Edgewater Collective Board. Additionally she serves as the Co-chair for the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton Services and serve as a Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commissioner. Olivia is an active volunteer at her children’s school chairing the PTA’s fundraising committee.

Professional and community commitments are all done while balancing her most important role, that of mother to two beautiful children where she resides in the Denver Metro area with her husband and family.