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Careers at Civic Center Conservancy

Want to join the Civic Center Conservancy team? Now’s your chance! We are searching for an Event Success Coordinator with strong skills in logistics, project coordination, and maintaining positive relationships with private, governmental, and community stakeholders!

Interested in interning with Civic Center Conservancy team? Now’s your chance! We are searching for an Activations Intern with interest in event production, and public space administration, and being a part of Summer programming in Civic Center Park!

Ready to Apply?

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume with the subject line “CCC Event Success Coordinator” to Eric Raya Steinbeiss, Director of Community Partnerships.

Work with Us

Dear Friends, Partners, Collaborators, and Community,

We are seeking a proposal from organizations, either individuals or teams, that can bring to life the important cultural celebration of Día de los Muertos to Civic Center Park on October 26, 2024. This “Partner” would lead the vision, planning, and execution of the event. Civic Center Conservancy would support the permitting processes, advise on best practices for putting on an event in the park, and provide some baseline funding.
We are seeking a Partner who has:

  • Deep cultural connection and competency around the Día de los Muertos tradition
  • A strong team, whether internal or through partnerships, that can execute the production of the event and provide curatorial and artistic direction.
  • Excitement to continue this important celebration for Civic Center Park and Downtown Denver through their artistic stamp and direction.
  • Commitment to amplifying Denver’s quality of life, civic and community engagement, and economic vitality
  • Commitment to elevating vendors and performers from historically marginalized groups and communities. Ideally, their team composition also reflects representation from these groups.

Potential partners should submit their applications to by 6PM on June 21, 2024. Please see the Request for Proposals below.

Meet Our Team

Eric Lazzari

Executive Director

The Conservancy named Eric the Executive Director of the in November of 2019. 

He joined the Civic Center Conservancy in November 2011, bringing extensive event operations and program management experience to his initial role as Director of Programs and Events. Eric was promoted to Director of Strategic Operations in May of 2018.

Eric is a proud member of the 2020 Class of Leadership Denver. He was also a member of the Downtown Denver Leadership Program’s 2014 class, where he was selected as the winner of the John Parr Leadership Award and elected by his peers as the class trustee. 

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Eric served as the Program Operations Manager for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, developing and managing various programs, clinics and series. He previously served as Director of Special Projects for the Metro Denver Sports Commission, leading event production for the 2008 Frozen Four and coordinating sponsorship development and activation for the CU vs. CSU Rocky Mountain Showdown. He received his bachelor’s degree in Leisure Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and his MBA from the University of Denver.

Sara Leitch

Development Director

Sara joined the Civic Center Conservancy in March 2021 as the development manager.

Prior to joining Civic Center Conservancy, she worked in individual giving at Prospect Park Alliance and general development at GrowNYC. 

She brings with her experience engaging people in urban parks through membership programming, events, and philanthropy. Sara earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa, and her J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law. She resides in Denver with her young family and makes frequent use of Denver’s green spaces.

Eric Raya Steinbeiss

Director of Community Partnerships + Activation

Eric Raya Steinbeiss is coming to the Civic Center Conservancy from Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, where he was the Manager of STEM and Career Readiness Programs since 2020.

He grew up near Pasadena in the Los Angeles suburbs before attending the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management. Eric has a long professional history in informal science education and positive youth development, having held positions at the Headlands Institute, California Academy of Sciences, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. 

While at DMNS, Eric developed his skills in organizing special events that activated the Museum’s public floors and exhibition spaces during their Free Days and other special events, along with spearheading the Museum’s presence at community fairs and festivals. Through this work, he developed and fostered many relationships with the diverse communities of Denver. An 11+ year resident of Denver, Eric has found ways to give back to our community through serving as a “Big” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, being a Community Representative in the James Bible Park public art selection process, and serving as Board Member and President of his alumni club the Rocky Mountain Golden Bears. In his spare time, Eric loves to garden, cook, travel, and explore the wonders of the natural world with his husband, Matt, and pup, Charlie.

Murphy Hogan

Senior Operations Coordinator

Murphy joined the Civic Center Conservancy in April 2022 as the Program & Development Operations Coordinator to assist with the SPARKLES volunteer program and development activities.

Before joining the Conservancy, Murphy was a marketer in the built environment of the Denver metro at various companies. He was a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Colorado Chapter where he was a Member of the Year Nominee.

Murphy earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a focus on marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder and spends his free time going to concerts, snowboarding, volunteering at various organizations in the Denver Metro, and rock climbing.

Allison Galgiani

Event Success Coordinator

Allison Galgiani specializes in the planning, production, and management of arts and cultural programs and events. Before joining Civic Center Conservancy, Allison spent over a decade in the New York City fine art sector. Throughout her professional journey, she has been committed to creating experiences that encourage community engagement and connectivity.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Allison received her B.A. in Art History and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Arizona and holds an M.A. from Christie’s Education New York. In 2021, Allison relocated to Denver, where she enjoys the city’s vibrant cultural offerings and spending time in the mountains. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Access Gallery, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

Board of Directors

Chris Frampton, Chair

Matt Neren, Treasurer

Heather Ashour, Secretary

Sean Bahoshy

Trish Bragg

Nina Casanova Stenmark

Jonathan Coleman

FloraJane DiRienzo

Kourtny Garrett

Charles Gilford III

Danielle Glover

Nicole Isenberg

Nicole Jarman

Lulu Lantzy

Grace Lopez Ramirez

Jaime Moreno

Jennifer Nealson

Susan Noble

Community Volunteer

Danielle Oliveto

Peter Park

Peter J Park, LLC | University of Colorado, Denver

Eric Rymarz

Andrew Stettner

Stettner Properties

Skye Stuart

Brian Vogt

Jolon Clark, Ex-Officio

Mark Heiser, Ex-Officio

Chris Hinds, Ex-Officio

Honorary Members

Elaine Asarch, Founder

Marcus Pachner

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