My name is Caryn Capriccioso, MNM
Caryn Capriccioso, MNM, works directly at the intersection of the business and nonprofit worlds and there is no place she feels more at home. In her more than two decades of experience, she has served in a wide variety of roles in the nonprofit sector including: executive director, program director, development director, board member, volunteer and consultant. Caryn has also worked in the municipal government and for-profit sectors.
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Caryn and hope I can work with her again. I was amazed at how she zeroed in on what the steps were for my board. I felt Caryn's personality was low key but highly effective. She broached subjects with my board that were sensitive (funding and responsibilities) in a way that my board could accept. The feedback from my board was great on Caryn, her board and personality. I liked the way she was able to listen to me and decipher what I wanted and needed for my board retreat. This is an experienced skill and I appreciated how easy it was to work with her. I felt Caryn brought a level of experience and direction to my board retreat that we would have not found elsewhere. Caryn totally customized the retreat for us and our needs-and THAT is very different than hiring a consultant that would have done a "canned" presentation on fundraising. Caryn brought in facts, figures, used our figures, etc. that made her work far more effective."
Kathryn F. Nowak, Executive Director (Former)
Yampa Valley Data Partners | Craig, CO
Caryn’s background includes serving as director of women’s services at the YWCA of Greater Lansing, Michigan where she managed all fundraising, led employability skills training and job placement programming for women in economically disadvantaged situations. While there, she launched the YWCA’s first social enterprise. Upon relocating to Colorado in the 1990s, she served as a community and advisory board liaison City of Boulder Planning and Parks and Recreation Departments. While at the city, she worked with many nonprofits and managed grant distributions which led to the opportunity to launch Your Write Hand, a boutique grantwriting and nonprofit consultancy. While managing her grantwriting business, Caryn also worked as the development director at Free Speech TV and the Colorado Music Festival, and served as executive director of the Boulder Parks and Recreation Foundation (now PLAY Boulder).
Before returning to entrepreneurship with interSector Partners®, L3C, Caryn spent three years as director of planning services and social enterprise at JVA Consulting, LLC. In this role, she managed the strategy and social enterprise department focused on earned income development, business and strategic planning, and mergers and partnerships for JVA clients, as well as internal business, product, and partnership development the firm.
An accomplished trainer and speaker, Caryn is certified in the Skilled Facilitator™ and Technology of Participation™ (ToP) methods of facilitation and as a trainer through the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs. She has shared her expertise at such trainings at the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit, Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise (SVC/SE) Conference, Social Capital Markets Conference, Colorado Nonprofit Association, Community Foundation Serving Boulder County’s Community Ventures, Young Nonprofit Professionals National Conference, Net Impact National Conference and the Larimer County United Way’s technical assistance program.
Caryn holds a B.A. in sociology from Michigan State University and a master in nonprofit management from Regis University. She was on the co-founding team and initial board of directors at Impact Hub Boulder and is a past-chair of the board of Social Venture Partners Boulder County. Caryn served on the host committee of the 2015 Social Enterprise Summit and the steering committee for Colorado Impact Days. She has participated as a judge in several pitch and business planning competitions including the University of Colorado’s New Venture Challenge, the Net Impact Case Competition, and EforAll, and as a mentor through the Mentor Capital Network.
In 2012, Caryn, interSector principal Rick Zwetsch, and JVoyles Nonprofit Consulting teamed up to form the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange. The trio built a cohort-based incubator program to support nonprofits in developing, financing, launching, and operating social enterprises in Colorado. Building on nascent interest of individual, philanthropic, and corporate funders, The Exchange convened and advanced early investments, partnerships, and collaborations that shaped the impact investing ecosystem in Denver.