Rob Smith, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2008
Rob Smith brings more than 10 years of executive experience in microfinance, giving him critical insight into how to use entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic justice. Rob has a Finance degree from the University of Denver, where he also received an MBA and MSIT. Rob transitioned to the non-profit world from a background in banking, management consulting, and small business operations management. With a unique for-profit lens on RMMFI's work, Rob not only has the financial and business expertise but a critical empathy and understanding for marginalized communities. Outside of RMMFI, Rob is the Board Chair for the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, and he sits on the Advisory Boards at Mile High Connects and the Urban Cooperative Development Center. He is also a Board Member at Community Shares of Colorado and Northeast Park Hill's Collective Impact Initiative. In 2012, Rob was awarded a Livingston Fellowship (leadership) through the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, was named a Beanstalk Leader (leadership and social enterprise), and is a Leadership Denver (civic engagement) graduate from 2015. In 2016, Rob won the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's David E. Bailey Small Business Advocate Award in 2016, and was recently named by the Denver Business Journal as a Who's Who in Impact Investing. Under Rob's leadership, RMMFI won 2016's Small Nonprofit of the Year Award from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Innovation in Philanthropy award from Bank of the West.
Brenda Roush, Development Director
Start Date: 2017
Brenda Roush joined RMMFI's team with nearly 30 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience. She helped found a St. Louis based national nonprofit in 1987, the National Guard Clearinghouse, and continued her fundraising and marketing career with Missouri NARAL, Colorado NARAL, SafeHouse Denver and The Gathering Place (TGP). At TGP she led a $5 million capital campaign that surpassed the goal by almost $1 million and also led the launch of Art Restart, a social enterprise providing royalty payments to artists living in poverty and creating general operating revenue for TGP. Outside of RMMFI, Brenda is the chair-elect of Community Shares of Colorado, and facilitates the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals's (AFP-CC) Coffee Chat monthly. In 2001, Brenda graduated from the Women's Leadership Institute, and in 2010 she was recognized as Outstanding Development Professional of the Year by AFP-CC.
Jessica Sveen , Operations Manager
Start Date: 2015
Jessica Sveen joined RMMFI's team in 2015 as the Program Associate, and she has worked her way up from programming to volunteer management and now to RMMFI's leadership team. This experience has given her unique insight into RMMFI's evolution and an important strategic perspective for its next stage of organizational growth. Before joining RMMFI, Jessica was the Operations Manager at a Medicaid service-provider for adults with developmental disabilities. She holds a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, and it is her skill-set and understanding of effective nonprofit leadership, along with her passion for helping under-resourced entrepreneurs transform into successful business owners, that make Jessica an invaluable asset to RMMFI's management team.