David Portillo

Manager, Strengthening Neighborhoods Program

The Denver Foundation

    David Portillo is a Manager of the Strengthening Neighborhoods Program at The Denver Foundation.  Previous to joining the Foundation in 1999, David was director of local social-change non-profit, Padres Unidos.  He worked as a union and labor organizer for seven years, after working as a public school teacher for five years.  His wife, Jennifer, teaches in Aurora Public Schools, and his four children – Ana, Xochitl, Graciela, and Samuel – have either graduated from or currently attend Denver Public Schools. Like many foundation staff, David studied Creative Writing in college.  He’s given up on trying to revise those old short stories, but he does practice his Spanish daily with his children.  Nonetheless, he had to resort to a Spanish-English dictionary to look up the Spanish word for “snow plow”.  It’s limpianieves 

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