University of Colorado Denver’s Nadeen Ibrahim named Student Leader of the Year

University of Colorado Denver senior Nadeen Ibrahim was named Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) 2017 Student Leader of the Year at the CLA Summit on Saturday. The award is given by the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation annually.

Nadeen Ibrahim

Get to know the Student Leader of the Year, Nadeen Ibrahim:

  • Ibrahim has made an impact in the community and on campus. She was named the 2016 Community Builder of the Year by the University of Colorado Denver and is the youngest Coloradan to serve on a governor-commissioned board, appointed in 2015 by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Board of Health.
  • Majoring in public health and minoring in leadership studies and chemistry
  • A member of the University Honors and Leadership program at the University of Colorado Denver

“This is an incredible honor,” Ibrahim said. “My work in college has focused on creating opportunities for everyone, and that means ensuring their voices are heard. As I near graduation, I know my work after will continue to focus on creating discussions that lead to a more inclusive community.”

“We meet exceptional student leaders through our Colorado Leadership Alliance. It’s clear our community is in good hands; Nadeen is a shining example of how to lead in your community and push for conversations that lead to actions that make Colorado a better place for all,” said Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Executive Director Dan Lewis.

“Each year I am in awe of these students and their commitment to strengthening their communities,” said Boettcher Foundation CEO Katie Kramer. “Nadeen has already done so much for our community; she has vision and is able to inspire others to join her in taking action. She is just starting her leadership journey, but has already created true impact; we can’t wait to see what she does next.”

Ibrahim will be recognized at the Leadership Foundation’s Leading Colorado luncheon on March 21.

Get to know the Colorado Leadership Alliance

The Colorado Leadership Alliance (CLA) unites collegiate leadership programs from across Colorado, exposing them to community issues outside their campus at an annual summit drawing more than 200 students. Since 2009, the Leadership Foundation and the Boettcher Foundation have partnered to select a Student Leader of the Year from a CLA member college or university who shows exceptional leadership and service in the classroom, on campus and in the community.

About the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation

An affiliate organization of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation provides the knowledge, skills, networks and experience to inspire leaders to engage in issues critical to the region’s success. The Leadership Foundation creates leadership capacity through a continuum of programs, including Leadership Denver, Impact Denver, Leadership Exchange, Access Denver, the Colorado Leadership Alliance and the Leadership Alumni Network. For more information, please visit

About the Boettcher Foundation

At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit