Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of GOCO, to depart mid-May

UPDATE:  Jim Spaanstra from GOCO Board of Trustees and with the The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels was named the Interim Executive Director of GOCO on April 7.

A message from Lise on March 21, 2016 to the community:

"It with very mixed emotions that I tell you I am leaving as Executive Director of Great Outdoors Colorado for a new position as Executive Vice President of the National Park Foundation.  

I am excited about the new challenges and my new role helping lead the National Park Foundation (NPF) at a critical time for our nation’s national parks.  The National Park Service will commemorate their centennial this summer and NPF is in the midst of a large campaign to bring attention and resources to a park system that is a national treasure serving 307 million visitors annually, and prepare it for its second century.   Please check out their Find Your Park campaign if you want to know more:   OR

At the same time, I will be leaving an organization I’ve been a part of for 17 years.  I originally started with GOCO when it launched in 1993 until 2001.   I returned as its Deputy Director in 2007 and was selected as its Executive Director in 2009.  During my tenure as Executive Director, GOCO awarded almost $400 million in grants and adopted a bold new strategic plan and initiatives focused on protecting land, connecting people to parks, trails and nature, and inspiring the next generation to get off the couch and out the door from the backyard to the backcountry.  

I am blessed and honored to work alongside an incredible group of people on the GOCO Board and staff – past and present.  I am forever appreciative of the many wonderful grantees and partners across the state that brought in great ideas and projects, andI am deeply proud of all we’ve accomplished together and know GOCO will continue to do great things for the people, nature, and wildlife of Colorado.

GOCO is unique in the nation and its grants make Colorado a better place to live, work and play.  Because of GOCO, Colorado will always have land for agriculture, places for people to connect with nature, and places for wildlife to thrive.  And, Colorado’s children and families will always have places to play and trails to bike and hike.  There is more to do and Colorado needs GOCO more than ever.  

I will stay at GOCO through part of May to ensure a smooth transition for the Board and staff with a new leader.

-          Lise

Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

303.226.4520  (direct)"