Maryo Gard Ewell has spent her entire career either with nonprofit groups or serving arts nonprofits, and is excited to be working with nonprofits of all types via the CFGV. She serves them primarily in a training and teaching capacity, but in addition, does public speaking and writing. She is a 2017 recipient of the Colorado Governor’s Creative Leadership Award, an honorary doctorate from Goucher College, and Americans for the Arts’ Selina Roberts Ottum Award for leadership in community arts development. She teaches the online community arts class for the MA in Arts Administration program at Goucher College, and teaches Grantwriting at Western Colorado University and online for the Arts Extension Service at the University of Massachusetts. She has worked for community arts councils in Connecticut and for state arts agencies in Illinois and Colorado, winding up her service for Colorado Creative Industries by designing and managing its Creative Districts program. Locally, Maryo co-chairs the Basic Needs team of the One Valley Prosperity Project and is Past President of the Gunnison Arts Center. She holds an MA in Organizational Behavior and an MA in Urban & Regional Planning.