DENVER – July 26, 2013 – The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced that Olivia Mendoza has been selected as the new director of the Minority Business Office. She will be responsible for supporting growth and developing opportunities for minority businesses in Colorado.
“Olivia has the experience and knowledge to provide stellar minority business leadership within Colorado and throughout the nation,” said Ken Lund, executive director of OEDIT. “She will be a strong advocate for promoting the interests of minority business and in establishing collaborations to provide the best opportunities for minority business enterprises here in Colorado.”
“The backbone of a strong and vibrant community is the success of its business communities, including minority business enterprises,” said Mendoza. “The possibilities to strengthen, grow and integrate are endless, and I am thrilled to bring my learned experiences to these efforts.”
Mendoza comes to OEDIT from the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization, where she served as executive director. In this position she was responsible for strengthening Colorado’s Latino community by providing leadership development and advocacy for improved public policy through partnerships, collaboration and research. Olivia’s prior experience includes serving as the Director of Development for the Latin American Educational Foundation, Human Resources Consultant for Wells Fargo Bank and Assistant Director of Corporate Work Study for Arrupe Jesuit High School.
Mendoza is active in the community and serves on many boards including serving as a Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commissioner, a board member for the Colorado Judicial Institute, and serves on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Florence Crittenton. She was also selected as a 2013 Livingston Fellow. Mendoza graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.
Mendoza will begin her position on August 1.