Kelly R. Leid, Director, Lifestyle Operations of Oakwood Homes; Alumni Representative
With twenty-five years of broad-based, results-oriented leadership experience, Mr. Leid’s professional journey has included executive-level strategic planning, implementation and oversight of highly complex community development initiatives across a range of public, private and nonprofit organizations. Some examples include – Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos, 1998-2001), State Farm Stadium (Arizona Cardinals/Fiesta Bowl, 2001-02), Omar D. Blair School/Green Valley Ranch Shared Use Complex (2003-04), Evie Dennis Campus (2008-10), and the National Wester Center Campus (2013-17). Collectively these projects total in excess of $2 billion.
The community-centered work, including 13 years as an executive director, has involved building and managing staffs small to large, establishing and executing budgets, organizing coalitions, guiding media and community relations, engaging, managing and serving on boards through the use of public/private partnerships. Collectively, these efforts have also involved partnering with state and local officials in concert with civic, business and local community leaders to successfully deliver desired outcomes for shared benefit.
Passionate about driving innovations in education, Mr. Leid’s experiences has also included leadership roles with a larger urban school district and two education non-profit foundations, each focused on leading community-centered K-12 educational initiatives and programming, operational management, innovative facility design and construction, strategic partnership development, along with direct, parent and community engagement activities in full collaboration with school district, business, and city leadership.
Prior to rejoining Oakwood Homes in October 2017 as the vice president of community operations, Mr. Leid was honored to work for Mayor Michael B. Hancock as an appointee to lead, and in two cases, create new highly entrepreneurial organizations to fulfill key aspects of the Mayor’s vision for the City of Denver, including – Director of Development Services (2011-13), Founding Executive Director, North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (2013-16), and Founding Executive Director, Mayor’s Office of the National Western Center (2016 -17).
Presently, Mr. Leid is the co-founder of the STEAD School, a science-based, agriculturally-focused, and student-led high school that is preparing the next generation of leaders to solve food, energy and natural resource issues. Mr. Leid is currently the board president of STEAD’s Building Corporation. Additionally, Mr. Leid serves a board member of the National Western Center Authority. In 2022, Mr. Leid was honored to receive the Colorado Governor’s Growth & Innovation Award for his work, along with co-founder Amy Schwartz, on the STEAD School.
Mr. Leid received his Bachelor of Science in General Business from Arizona State University (1989), a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Denver (1991), and a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University (1995).