January 10, 2023 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has recruited Elizabeth Moran as the new executive director of The Arc of Colorado in Denver, CO. The follows an extensive national and local search and selection process. Senior search consultant Mike English led the assignment.
Ms. Moran comes to The Arc of Colorado with an extensive background in working in disability rights across the lifespan, including her most recent work as chief counsel at the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, where she provided substantive support and expertise to the commission specifically in the areas of guardianship, supported decision-making, capacity issues and abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
In her position with The Arc of Colorado, Ms. Moran is charged with implementing the group’s legislative agenda and improving the state’s policy environment for organizations that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She will lead the implementation of the Arc of Colorado strategic plan. Ms. Moran will also be an advocate for people with diverse disabilities, their families, local Arc chapters, public policies and high quality supports for people with diverse disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community.
Ms. Moran will manage and direct the organization’s day-to-day activities. Representing the agency in all dealings with other organizations, individuals, and the general public, she will act as the lead liaison to all Arc of Colorado affiliates, as well as all federal, state, and regional agencies. As the organization’s chief advocate, Ms. Moran is ultimately responsible for implementing the Arc of Colorado strategic plan and policy agenda.
Founded in 1954, the Arc of Colorado has 15 chapters including the state chapter and 14 local chapters serving designated geographic areas. Local chapters provide individual advocacy services for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities who live in their service areas. The non-profit has 3,700 members, with over 9,000 individuals and families served annually.
The Moran Company, based in Leawood, KS, specializes in searches for non-profit leadership, including executive directors, fundraising/development directors, hospital foundation directors, and other senior executives.
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Bill Moran founded the search firm in 1996. He has worked on more than 60 non-profit searches over the past 12 years. He has spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.
Mr. English joined The Moran Company in 2020. He previously served as the inaugural executive director of Turn the Page KC, a reading proficiency organization for third graders, for whom he still consults. Before that, he was president and CEO of the Missouri Council on Economic Education, based at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The organization promotes and conducts economic and financial education in all Missouri schools. Mr. English was also a senior analyst for the Kauffman Foundation, which aspires “to eliminate barriers so that every person – regardless of their background – can take risks, achieve success and give back to their communities.” His earliest work experience involved managing the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting civic and community engagement for young professionals.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media