Anne Button

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Anne Button oversees the University of Colorado Denver Change Makers program as its founding director. Since 2022 she has had the privilege of working with CU Denver faculty and staff, as well as partners in the community, to develop this innovative program for adults in the second half of life to explore possibilities, retool, and renew their purpose.

This role builds on Anne’s 17 years of higher education experience, which includes having served as director of executive communications at both CU Denver and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Anne headed CU Denver’s initiative to become designated as an Age-Friendly University in 2022 and is currently chairing its Age-Friendly University operational committee.

A New Jersey native, Anne previously worked as a policy analyst in Washington, DC and Denver and as a civil engineer in Los Angeles. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho (southern Africa), she taught school and happily lived without electricity or running water for two years. She was a founding board member for several nonprofit organizations, including Engineers Without Borders, Northwest Denver NOW, and Amigos de la Academia Sandoval. She holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from CU Boulder and a master's of public and private management from the Yale School of Management. 


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