The CUBE Board
Our board is a team of experienced experts in real estate, financial strategy, project management, engineering, executive coaching, education, entrepreneurship and technology.
Owner, Mainspring Developers. Ms. Arnold joins the CUBE as the former Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development. She is also a successful entrepreneur and owner of Mainspring Developers, where she serves as owner and president of the real estate development company focused on commercial and residential urban redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of a city block in the River North (RiNo) District of Denver. Previously, Arnold served as executive vice president and general counsel for Vail Resorts, where she was a key advisor to the CEO and the board of directors and provided leadership and oversight of the company's acquisitions and transactions.
Senior Vice President and Director of Center for Aviation Excellence, Skanska. He is a global citizen with experiences around the world that includes work on Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport terminal redevelopment program, Philadelphia International Airport’s capacity enhancement program, Denver International Airport's Hotel and Transit Station, Abu Dhabi International Airport’s expansion program, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s development program. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and is active in civic engagement, having served on the boards of the Denver YMCA, Denver Downtown Partnership, Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce amongst others.
kristin toddn - Senior VP, the DANIELS FUND
Senior Vice President, Daniels Fund. She oversees all aspects of the Daniels Fund Grants Program, including the grant application and consideration process, evaluation and reporting, and special initiatives related to achieving the goals of the grants program. She is a past board member of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Colorado Association of Funders, and the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. She is past board chair of Colorado Nonprofit Association, and former trustee of El Pomar Foundation. Kristin has served on several state commissions and advisory councils related to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
2Revolutions, Senior Consultant. Ami Desai has spent the last two decades focusing on educational reform and innovation. Her passion for a fair and equitable education for ALL students has included work as a teacher, district literacy coach, principal, executive coach, and school design manager in Michigan, South America and Colorado. Ami is also a Board Director with Dazzle Africa, a non-profit that partners with local organizations in Zambia to provide programs in conservation, education, and community development. Dazzle Africa aims to ensure future generations of all children are self-sufficient and iconic African wildlife thrive. In all of her endeavors, Ami focuses on empowering young people, educational leaders, and communities to leverage their passions in order to actualize their dreams.
Jacki Cooper Melmed
General Counsel, Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper. Prior to her work for the state she worked at Shoemaker Ghiselli + Schwartz in Boulder, where she represented multiple clients in complex litigation and other matters involving securities, contract, intellectual property, land use, insurance coverage, and other corporate law. Before joining private practice, Cooper Melmed served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael Bender in the Colorado Supreme Court where she worked on a wide range of legal issues including freedom of speech, Miranda rights, urban renewal, land use, and administrative law.
Suma Nallapati - Chief information Officer, state of colorado
Chief Information Officer, State of Colorado. Ms. Nallapati is an accomplished technology leader with experience in establishing and executing value-driven global IT service strategy and delivery. Her extensive experience includes leading technology driven innovation for business transformation, healthcare infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a “people” leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally distributed workforce through mentoring, coaching and inspiration.
Appointed in June 2014 as Colorado’s Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Suma is committed to positioning the Governor’s Office of Information Technology as a leader in IT innovation for state government. A champion of collaboration, breaking silos and achieving excellence, she is passionate about innovating everyday solutions for customers.
Mr. Steyn serves on the Colorado Tourism Office Board, representing outdoor recreation, appointed by Governor’s Ritter, and Hickenlooper. He is Chair of the Colorado Tourism Leadership committee, and member of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, representing tourism.
He was appointed by Secretary Vilsack to the Recreation Resource Committee.
Previously, he set up a network of new car dealerships in Denver, and served as President of the New Car Dealers Association.
He was VP of sales for Newgen Results Corporation, Vice President of Global Business Development, Automotive Division, at TeleTech, and President of Whosecalling, an automotive call tracking and marketing solutions company, before moving on, to outdoor recreation, hospitality, heritage and agritourism investments, supporting initiatives to inspire children and families, to engage in healthy outdoor activities.
Nathan Cadena - COO, Denver SCHOlarship FOundation
For many years, Nathan has dedicated his professional career path on the social and academic advancement of Denver’s students. As a native Coloradoan, Nathan has worked in education for over fifteen years within community colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. He has served professionally as a career counselor, professional trainer, advisor/instructor, financial aid administrator, and director of both college access and success programs. Nathan is a proud TRIO Upward Bound Alum, holds a certificate in Global Career Development Facilitation, a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from Colorado State University, and a Master of Education from Regis University. In his leisure time, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family and supporting Colorado sports teams.