Dear Growing Home community,

I am writing to share news about an upcoming change at Growing Home. I have submitted my resignation to the Board of Directors, and my last day as Growing Home’s President and CEO will be December 2, 2022. I have accepted an incredible opportunity to help the State of Colorado establish its new Department of Early Childhood as the Division Director of Strategy, Policy, Communications, and Partnerships.

It has been my honor, and the highlight of my career, to serve as the President and CEO of Growing Home for nearly the past five years. This time has been a critical stage of development in the organization’s lifecycle, and one of transformative change. I am so proud of the incredible accomplishments Growing Home has had during this time because of the team’s hard work.

Growing Home has a solid foundation in place. We have a wonderful staff; a strong Leadership Team; a solid Strategic Plan through 2024 with an action plan for 2023 to carry the Strategic Plan forward; a passionate, engaged Board of Directors; positive financial standing; and a strong community of support behind Growing Home’s work. Knowing all this, the time is ripe for a new leader to take the organization through the next stage of development.

A few important things to know:

  • The Board of Directors, the Leadership Team, and I have already started working on a strong transition plan.
  • During the transition, Carli Seeba (Growing Home’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer) and Veronica Perez (Growing Home’s Chief Strategy and Impact Officer) will serve in interim co-leadership roles for the organization.
  • The Board of Directors will lead the search process via a Search Committee led by Board member Bev Bishop.

Please know that I am committed to a strong transition and that I know Growing Home has a bright future ahead. Your continued support and partnership are vital to continue to propel Growing Home’s mission forward. Should you have any questions or want to talk prior to December 2nd, please feel free to reach out to me or Growing Home’s Board Chair William Marquez at or 303-908-4039.  Starting December 5th, please reach out to William Marquez.

Growing Home, and each of you, will forever have a special place in my heart! Thank you for the important role you play as part of the Growing Home community.

In gratitude,

Karen Fox Elwell


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