As vice chancellor for enterprise development since February 1, 2016, Luella Chavez D’Angelo leads the extraordinary CU South Denver enterprise, working to maximize its full potential and impact as a unique and innovative education delivery model and valued asset of the CU system. This includes the management of its people, partnerships, promotions and academic programs all four CU campuses, the Liniger Building facility and The Wildlife Experience community services: a museum, K-12 education, community programs, and event hosting and space rental.
In addition, she serves as a resource to build collaborations with the Denver, Anschutz, Boulder and Colorado Springs campus academic staff and offerings in enhancing the university’s approach and strategy with corporate and foundation partners.
D’Angelo has significant experience in formulating, communicating and executing strategic initiatives and helping them grow in participation, impact and revenue. She served most recently as chief communications officer for Western Union, where she was responsible for worldwide media relations, global corporate and financial media communications, executive positioning and corporate social responsibility strategy. She led the public relations team, employee communications and corporate events, while also overseeing the Western Union Foundation.
Prior to becoming CCO, D’Angelo served as Western Union’s senior vice president, Social Ventures, where she developed and executed strategies to address corporate social responsibility, sustainability and philanthropic strategies. She also served as inaugural director of the First Data Western Union Foundation and president of the Western Union Foundation for 11 years.
Earlier in her career, D’Angelo led the creation of the Western Union/First Data Foundation and served as its president for 11 years. Luella previously served as chief marketing officer for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and vice president of institutional development for the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.
In 2014, D’Angelo was recognized by the Denver Business Journal, receiving a lifetime achievement award as an Outstanding Woman in Business. She was also named as one of the Top Ten leaders by Hispanic Executive Magazine and was recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in 2013 and for Lifetime Achievement in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing management and a master’s in business administration, with an emphasis on finance, from the University of New Mexico.