Clayton COO 2016 Livingston Fellow

Clayton Chief Operating Officer, Michael NiyompongDENVER, CO  – Clayton Early Learning Chief Operating Officer Michael Niyompong was selected as one of five 2016 Livingston Fellows. The Livingston Fellowship Program provides grants of $25,000 to give promising nonprofit leaders the opportunity for advanced study, research and professional development.

Since 2005, the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation has funded 55 nonprofit executive fellowships. The Fellows have traveled nationally and internationally, attended elite academic programs, met with prominent leaders in their fields, and championed causes including homelessness, aging, mental health and the arts.

"This year's Livingston Fellows are an extraordinary group of diverse leaders already making a profound difference in our community and this program gives them an opportunity to elevate their leadership to a new level. They are joining a cohort of senior Fellows who have become a learning community that is greater than the sum of its parts - supporting each other and exemplifying collective impact," says Gary Steuer, President and CEO of Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

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, and was responsible for technology and facilities at Mile High United Way. 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. In 2005, Michael was appointed by then Mayor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Denver Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Commission. 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. Michael is a Colorado native, born in Denver. He is fluent in both Thai and English.

About Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Livingston Fellowship Program
The Livingston Fellowship Program provides advanced learning opportunities to promising nonprofit leaders who hold significant leadership roles in Colorado’s nonprofit sector. This innovative professional development program reflects Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s belief that no investment in the tangible assets of a nonprofit organization can equal an investment in its greatest asset—its leaders. The Livingston Fellowship Program is named in honor of Johnston R. Livingston, a long-time Trustee, Chairman and later Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation. John passed away in September 2008, but his passion for innovation, entrepreneurism and creativity continues to inspire each class of Livingston Fellows.
Fellows are selected on the basis of exceptional leadership ability, promise for significant and unique contributions to the nonprofit sector, and the potential for the Fellowship experience to enable them to move from “success to significance” as leaders of people, organizations and the nonprofit sector.

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning, a 501(c)(3), is Colorado’s leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives – classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders, and effective policy advocacy – to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public and private entities. Visit www.claytonearlylearning.org for more information.