Who We Are

We are a 501c3 organization based out of Aurora, Colorado.

The Community Investment Alliance partners with communities to develop stable housing, robust behavioral health services, wealth-building opportunities, access to healthy food, and integration with the natural environment.

As we work across the state of Colorado, we acknowledge that we are on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Apache, Comanche, and Shoshone People.

Dr. Kathleen Van Voorhis

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver. She has held a variety of leadership roles in emergency sheltering, service design, delivery coordination, and coalition building. A born-and-raised Coloradan, Kathleen is passionate about working throughout the state to bring about sustainable change. 

Jenn Lopez | Co-Founder | Community Investment Alliance

Jenn Lopez

Co-Founder & Strategic Advisor

Jenn is a fundraising guru with more than two decades of experience in affordable housing and homelessness solutions. She held a senior position in the Hickenlooper administration in Colorado and led regional housing efforts in Southwestern Colorado for several years. Jenn loves working with local community leaders and excels at both strategy development and implementation work.

Board of Directors

Peter LiFari | Community Investment Alliance

Peter LiFari

Executive Director at Maiker Housing Partners

Rebecca Miller Updike | Community Investment Alliance

Rebecca Miller Updike

Executive Director at Colorado Association of Family & Children’s Agencies (CAFCA)

Rev. Benjamin A. David Hensley

Lead Pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church

Sam Gilman

Co-Founder at Colorado Eviction Defense Project

Jaimin Williams | Community Investment Alliance Board of Directors

Jaimin Williams Harris

Entrepreneur & Housing Advocate

Cec Ortiz | Community Investment Alliance

Cec Ortiz

Community Activist & Project Management Consultant