CU Foundation Leadership

Jack Finlaw

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.

Keller Young

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.

Patty Leslie

Vice President, Finance / Chief Financial Officer

Patty Leslie joined the University of Colorado Foundation as the Vice President, Finance/Chief Financial Officer in March 2020.  Patty 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 on all aspects related to finance, accounting, investments and information technology.

Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the CFO for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.  Patty has spent most of her career working in the fields of non-profit corporations, education, and governmental agencies. She is an active CPA in the State of Colorado.

Patty was recently appointed to the UCAR Board of Trustees. She has served as a board member for the Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau and as a finance committee member for the American Meteorological Society.

Patty earned her Master’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Denver and her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.