Welcome Christina Carlson, incoming Urban Peak CEO

Hello, friends of Urban Peak Colorado Springs!  I’m very pleased to share the news that Urban Peak Denver’s Board of Directors has selected a new CEO for the organization.  As the Executive Director of Urban Peak Colorado Springs, I can tell you that the leadership of the CEO creates a tremendous partnership that benefits us locally, and helps more youth throughout our state get off the street and build a better future for themselves.  I had the opportunity to meet Christina, and her passion for our mission combines with excellent experience and attitude.  She will be integral in driving toward the vision that all Colorado youth have safe housing, supportive relationships, and the opportunity for self-sufficiency and success

Yours in Service,

Shawna Kemppainen


On behalf of the Urban Peak Board of Directors, I am very pleased to announce that Christina Carlson has been named the new CEO of Urban Peak. Carlson most recently served as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Colorado Symphony and her background and experience are uniquely suited to lead the organization. With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Carlson brings a strong mix of fundraising expertise, strategic vision, familiarity with the Denver community and passion for the mission and the youth served by Urban Peak.

The board could not be more excited about this announcement and we believe Christina not only has an impressive background with nonprofits, her background in social work gives her an incredibly unique perspective to support Urban Peak in its ongoing success in transforming the lives of youth experiencing homelessness.

As CEO, Carlson will oversee the continuation of Urban Peak’s current strategic plan, and will work closely with the board and executive committee on the development and execution of the next three-year strategic plan.  She will also lead Urban Peak’s staff and hundreds of volunteers who provide services to at-risk youth at its Denver shelter facility, Drop-In Center and supportive housing buildings, as well as the organization’s homeless youth shelter in Colorado Springs.

Christina will start in her new role on July 19, and is thrilled to be joining a strong team dedicated to a critical mission and returning to her passion of providing prevention and intervention services to youth at risk.

As a supporter of Urban Peak, you know full well that we are the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. We so appreciate your continued support and are incredibly excited for the future of the organization.

Kirsten Benefiel
Chair, Urban Peak Board of Directors