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The Blue Bench Announces New Executive Director 

The Blue Bench Board of Directors today announced that Megan Carvajal will join the organization as its executive director effective February 24, 2021. 

With over 20 years of experience in crafting and cultivating mission-driven strategies and fostering healthy, productive teams, Carvajal will be relocating to Denver from Austin, Texas.  She succeeds Karmen Carter, who held the position for more than 9 years, overseeing a period of program expansion and increased community impact.  

“After a rigorous search, we are very excited to welcome Megan to The Blue Bench,” said Victoria Cunningham, chair of the board of directors. “In addition to vast experience in nonprofit operations and development, Megan brings with her a dedication to inclusive excellence and equity. Her leadership will be instrumental as The Blue Bench continues to build upon our commitment to offering vital care for all survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones and prevention education to our growing and changing community.”    

Most recently, Carvajal served as the director of consulting services at Mission Capital in Austin. She has also held leadership positions in nonprofit development and corporate relations and received certification in nonprofit executive leadership from Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana-Purdue/IUPUI.

Carvajal considers herself a fierce community advocate and ally. She looks forward to sharing her lived and professional experiences with The Blue Bench as it incorporates anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices within its work to end sexual violence.  “I am honored to be selected for this important position,” said Carvajal.  “I am excited to join the board and staff at The Blue Bench, as well as the metro Denver community, as we strive toward ending sexual violence through prevention and care.”

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