After serving as interim CEO for the past three months, “We are thrilled to have Lara [Knuettel] officially join the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center team after showcasing her leadership over the past several months,” said Gary Wagner, chairman of the board at the JCC Denver. “Lara’s wealth of knowledge of non-profit organizations and her past experience supporting families at Aspen Academy have set Lara up for success as the CEO of our beloved JCC.”
Prior to serving as the interim CEO of the JCC Denver, Knuettel was the director of advancement at Aspen Academy where she was responsible for the development, admissions, communications and marketing departments. In that role, she helped cultivate families’ school experiences as they moved through the admissions process and into the school community. She also upheld the schools core values through volunteerism, philanthropy and leadership. Before that she served as the director of development at Aspen Academy.
Before moving to Denver, Knuettel worked in development and fundraising for the UCLA Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and was the executive director of the For the Love of Life Foundation. Knuettel received her undergraduate degree at University of Buffalo with a BA in English and her MBA at Fordham in Competitive Strategy & Management Systems.
“One of my goals as the CEO of the JCC Denver is to continue to build community by combining our values and expertise to position the JCC as a place for anyone who is looking to build meaningful connections,” said Knuettel. “We want the JCC to be a place that enhances people’s lives by adding value, joy and spirituality to everyone who passes through our doors.”
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