CU Foundation Leadership
President / Chief Executive Officer
Jack Finlaw has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Colorado Foundation since 2014. Jack is responsible for the Foundation’s overall performance through effective management of its staff and operations, maintenance of a strong working relationship with the University’s senior leadership and stewardship of the Foundation’s fiduciary obligations within the guidelines and policies set by the Board of Directors.
Before he joined the Foundation, Jack spent more than a decade in public service. He was chief legal counsel to the Governor of Colorado from 2011 to 2014 and he held several senior governmental positions with the City and County of Denver between 2003 and 2011. Prior to his public sector career, Jack was a corporate and securities lawyer in the cable television industry for almost twenty years.
Jack’s community service includes membership on the boards of Colorado Public Radio, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, and Visit Denver. He also has served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media and the boards of the Colorado Symphony, the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation, and Opera Colorado.
Jack is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of Denver’s College of Law.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel / Chief Administrative Officer
Keller Young joined the University of Colorado Foundation as General Counsel in 1999 and she currently is the Foundation’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Keller is responsible for the Foundation’s legal function, human resources, trust administration and gift administration and compliance. Keller also has oversight of the gifts and records processing staff.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Keller was an associate with the tax group at Holme Roberts and Owen LLP in Denver, and she spent a year at Ernst & Young LLP in Denver advising nonprofit organizations on tax issues. Keller also was an associate in the tax group at Pillsbury Madison and Sutro in San Francisco.
Keller served on the CASE National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations (IRFs) from 2008 to 2014. During that time, she chaired one of CASE’s annual conferences for IRFs and she served on the CASE IRF Task Force on the Future of the IRF Field.
Keller graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Boston University.
Vice President, Finance / Chief Financial Officer
Charlene Laus joined the Foundation as the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer in May 2022. Charlene is responsible for overseeing the finance and accounting functions of the Foundation. She plays a key role in developing, monitoring, and evaluating financing and funding strategies and managing/executing all aspects related to finance, accounting, investments, and information technology.
Charlene has spent most of her career working in the fields of non-profit corporations and governmental agencies. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration for the Downtown Denver Partnership in Denver, Colorado for six years. She also served as the Chief Financial Officer for the National Ecological Observatory Network in Boulder, Colorado, and as the Chief Financial Officer for Catholic Charities and Archdiocesan Housing in Denver, Colorado. Charlene’s experience in governmental agencies includes serving as Director of Finance and IT for the City of Louisville, Colorado, and as Assistant Director of Finance for the City of Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Charlene’s community service includes her current membership on the board of Urban Peak where she has served as both Treasurer and Board Chair.
Charlene earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and her MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University.
Lynnea Greene Hutton
Vice President of People & Culture
Lynnea joined the University of Colorado Foundation in September 2022 as the Vice President of People & Culture. Lynnea is responsible for all the human resources functions of the organization, maintaining a healthy work culture and environment during the entire life cycle of the staff.
Before joining the Foundation, Lynnea was with the University of Denver in a Senior Director of Operations role at a nonprofit research center, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. Prior to that, she was with the Boettcher Foundation as their Director of Operations. She brings more than 18 years of experience in human resources, business operations, business development, and strategic planning; overseeing communications, development, human resources, IT, event planning, facilities, and project management.
Lynnea’s community service includes the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the University of Denver Alumni Council, and the Newman Center for the Performing Arts. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and has her MBA from the University of Denver.