Chief Operating Officer
mniyompong @ claytonearlylearning.org
Michael Niyompong is chief operating officer at Denver-based Clayton Early Learning, Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing access to high-quality early care and education through a powerful model that harnesses the synergy of four dynamic initiatives – research, practice, training and advocacy. Prior to joining Clayton Early Learning, Michael was vice president at Rebound Solutions, a socially conscious firm specializing in strategy, change management and turn-around solutions. He was also part of the leadership team at iGivefirst, a Colorado startup, and was the executive responsible for technology and facilities at Mile High United Way, a Colorado nonprofit organization investing over $30 million annually into the community. Michael has also worked at Hitachi Consulting, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and National Semiconductor.
Michael earned his BS in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and his MBA in finance and MS in operations management from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. During his tenure at Daniels, he served as the co-president of the Daniels chapter of Net Impact, a worldwide nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to improve the world through corporate social responsibility.
Michael volunteered with Project Angel Heart, delivering food to terminally-ill people in the community. He served on the founding board of the Academy of Urban Learning (AUL), a Denver Public School district charter school targeting at-risk, highly mobile youth and was elected secretary of the AUL’s board of directors in 2005. The same year, Michael was appointed by then Mayor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Denver Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) Commission and was elected vice chair prior to completing his term in 2009.
In 2010, Michael traveled to Uganda and Rwanda to study innovative solutions to poverty and to understand the challenges and issues that distress developing countries. Later the same year, Michael served on the Information Technology Transition Committee for then Governor-elect John Hickenlooper. Currently, Michael is active on the boards of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, as well as the Community Advisory Board at Rocky Mountain PBS. Michael is a graduate of Leadership Denver Class of 2011 and in 2013 was recognized as one of Denver Business Journal’s Forty under 40. In 2016, Michael was selected as one of five Livingston Fellows by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.