Pauline Marie Herrera, Executive Director
Start Date: 2015
Pauline Herrera joined DAF in early 2015 to provide strategic guidance to the organization and build upon the successes of its long-standing events and programs. Pauline brings more than twenty years of experience in cultural administration, nonprofit management and communications expertise. In early 2019, her passion for design and DAF leadership led to her appointment to the board of the Association of Architecture Organizations (AAO), an international network dedicated to enhancing public dialogue about architecture and design.
From 2003 to 2011, as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Pauline was integral to the success of such initiatives as Doors Open Denver, Create Denver, and One Book, One Denver. In 2011, she launched her own consulting firm, PaulineMarie, specializing in nonprofit arts and culture organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver, The Denver Foundation's Executive Directors of Color Institute and the University of Denver's Latino Leadership Institute, in which she continues to be actively involved. She also holds a master's degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University ('04).
Sarah Knutson, Program + Membership Coordinator
Start Date: 2019
Sarah Knutson joined DAF in 2019. Sarah's professional experience is grounded in arts and culture. For the past 5 years, she has gained experience with galleries, exhibitions and other cultural projects. While working with MSU Denver's Center for Visual Art located in the Santa Fe Art District, Sarah helped create and foster the position of Exhibition Coordinator and Assistant Curator which continues to provide graduating students advanced workforce development. Additionally, Sarah's contributions to the renowned Denver Center for the Performing Arts' Education Department have fostered significant growth and expansion with their classes and programming. Sarah is a graduate of CBCA Leadership Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from MSU Denver ('14).