The time is always right
to do what is right

– Martin Luther King Jr.

our vision
for our community

Advance Education and Community Development
in Colorado Springs

Our Mission


All kids deserve access to a great education, inspired by excellent teachers in modern classrooms.


Healthy neighborhoods where families can live, play, and learn are the anchors of our community.

Featured project:


Pikes Peak Community College has joined with the Dakota Foundation, the Legacy Institute and Harrison School District Two to create an unprecedented opportunity for high school students. The Dakota Promise Scholarship started in the fall of 2020 and provides free college tuition and academic support coaches to every qualifying high school graduate from any school, traditional or charter, in the Harrison school district.

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Our Portfolio


Community Development

Leadership  investment in partnership with Downtown Partnership to create an inclusive community visioning process led by Dr. Pam Shockley-Zalabak to support and guide future opportunities based on the decommissioning of the Drake Coal Power Plant. 

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Community Development

Partner investment with Motominded, Titan Robotics, Pikes Peak Makerspace, Make4Covid, Edmondson Foundation, and the Holaday family to make and donate 50,000 face shields to organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response.

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Partner investment with local and state early childhood advocates, agencies, and funders, including Common Good, CPCD, Early Connections, and Early Milestones, to ensure every 3 and 4 year old in Colorado Springs has access to a quality and affordable preschool opportunity.

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Partner investment with the Dakota Foundation, Pikes Peak Community College, and Harrison School District Two to create a new Dakota Promise Scholarship that will provide free college tuition and academic support coaches at PPCC to every qualifying high school graduate in the school district.

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Leadership investment to support successful $180MM bond campaign for Harrison School District Two in 2018 that increased public funding for upgrading and modernizing all existing buildings (including all district charter schools), building one new middle school, expanding two elementary schools into K-8 campuses, and freeing up funds to attract and retain quality teachers.

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Investment to support first elementary school and to grow first network of high performing charter schools in southeast Colorado Springs.

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Leadership investment to support successful Colorado Springs School District 11 Mill Levy Override campaign in 2017 that increased public funding for attracting and retaining quality teachers and modernizing aging buildings by $42MM annually.

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Community Development

Relocation and development of new downtown headquarters for USA Basketball + Foundation, the Olympic, FIBA, and Youth Development national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball.

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Community Development

Redevelopment of the closed Helen Hunt elementary school into a community campus that serves the Hillside Neighborhood in partnership with Community Partnership for Child Development, Catholic Charities, Shandy Clinic, Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Peak Parent Education, Concrete Couch, Switchback Hillside Coffee, Colorado Trust, Converge Lecture Series, and Hillside Connection.

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Community Development

Leadership investment in partnership with the Dakota Foundation, Edmondson Foundation, Lane Foundation, and Loo Foundation to build a healthy food production, distribution and education hub in the Hillside Neighborhood by Colorado Springs Food Rescue.

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Community Development

Leadership investment in Converge Lecture Series and Fellowship to create a space for diverse communities in Colorado Springs to join together for conversation centered on moral beauty, exposure to the life of the mind and action in the public square.

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Community Development

Partnership with community organizations and the City of Colorado Springs to finally complete the Legacy Loop trail over 100 years after the initial vision was created by city founder General William Jackson Palmer.

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Community Development

Leadership investment in Concrete Couch to create a neighborhood based maker space called Concrete Coyote that will enhance the Hillside Community and Legacy Loop trail system.

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Community Development

Strategic planning and operating services for community organizations, private foundations, and school districts in the Pikes Peak region focused on innovative approaches to social impact.

Our Benefactor

Margot Lane

Founder, The John and Margot Lane Foundation

Margot Ladwig Lane was raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1956 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UCCS. She married John Lane in 1958 and together they raised three children, David, Philip, and Bruce. A believer in giving back to her community, she founded the John and Margot Lane Foundation and was incredibly active in many community organizations such as the Junior League, Pikes Peak United Way, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Pikes Peak YMCA, Care and Share, Colorado Springs Philharmonic, UCCS, Young Life, and First Presbyterian Church.

Our Board

Philip Lane

Managing Director, Culebra Properties

Phil holds bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University. He started his career as an account sales manager with Pepsi-Cola General Bottlers in Chicago, and along with his father and brother, was responsible for general management of the family’s Pepsi-Cola franchise, which included operations in 6 western states and was later sold in 2008. Phil is currently the Managing Partner of Culebra Properties, as well as Chairman of the Board for the John and Margot Lane Foundation. He is extremely passionate about the Colorado Springs community, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the United States Olympic Museum, the Nature Conservancy, and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

Dr. Lance Bolton

President, Pikes Peak State College

Lance holds bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from the University of Georgia. He joined PPSC in 2011 after serving as President of Northeastern Junior College (NJC), and prior to higher education his professional background included extensive experience in technical support and sales, as well as research and development for a Fortune 500 corporation. Lance has been an active community volunteer and board member for numerous non-profit organizations including the Chamber and EDC, the El Pomar Foundation Pikes Peak Regional Council, Discover Goodwill, and Atlas Preparatory Schools.

Vance Brown

Principal, Thrivers Leadership Institute

Vance is a graduate of Wake Forest and North Carolina University. He currently serves as Principal at Thrivers Leadership Institute, a mentoring, consulting, and speaking company for entrepreneurs and leaders. Prior to Thrivers, Vance was CEO of the National Cybersecurity Center, Founder of Cherwell, CEO of GoldMine Software Corporation, and Co-Founder of the Classical Academy Charter School. Vance was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award winner and is a student of what makes up a great company culture, entrepreneurship, and what gives meaning to life.

Deborah Hendrix

Executive Director, Parents Challenge

Deborah is a graduate of Howard University and has served as a leader in education for over 20 years. She has worked for Junior Achivement, served two terms on the Harrison School District Two board (including several years as President), and helped found Colorado Springs Early Colleges Charter School. Deborah has led Parents Challenge for nearly a decade, with a mission and passion to empower all parents to choose the school that is best for their children.


Founder and Chairman, The Dakota Foundation

Bart is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, former Air Force officer, federal civil servant, venture capitalist and philanthropist. As a cadet at the USAFA, he was a varsity athlete, class president, Cadet Wing Commander and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University. He was an industry leader for more than 20 years as a venture capitalist, and as a philanthropist founded the Dakota Foundation, a foundation dedicated to funding entrepreneurial, non-profit organizations that help people help themselves in achieving greater economic self-sufficiency.


Founding Partner, Widner Juran LLP

Maureen is a graduate of Carlow College and University of Denver. Following a clerkship with Chief Justice Luis Rovira on the Colorado Supreme Court, she practiced municipal law for eight years with the Denver law firm of Gorsuch Kirgis LLP.  Maureen now enjoys a robust practice of local government representation and has significant experience with complex intergovernmental agreements and commercial contracts, election matters, sales and use tax, and TABOR issues.  She is a member of the Steering Committee for PlanCOS and serves as Commissioner for the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority.


Executive Director, The Dakota Foundation

Kelsey is a graduate of Scripps College and serves as the Executive Director for the Dakota Foundation. In this capacity she humbly collaborates with the foundation’s whip-smart board to pursue Program Related Investments (PRIs) that get the highest social return out of programs fostering self-sufficiency. Kelsey comes with a background in corporate event management and venture-backed start-ups, including helping to launch an e-commerce site and supporting the missions of social enterprise and B-corp companies.


Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Colorado Springs

Ryan is a graduate of Colorado College and Regis University, and serves as the Chief of Staff for the City of Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the City, he spent eight years in the private sector working for a global manufacturer, Holcim, working in procurement, commodities, project management and renewable energy. Ryan also serves on the Board and Executive Committee for the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance and is an honorary commander for the United States Air Force Academy.

Our Staff

Zachary McComsey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Zach is a graduate of Colorado Christian University and Harvard Divinity School. After completing the El Pomar Foundation Fellowship program, he went on to found and lead Atlas Preparatory School for nearly a decade.  Zach has worked as CEO of the John and Margot Lane Foundation and Director of the Katherine and Dusty Loo Foundation, and has served the community as Urban Renewal Authority Commissioner, Founding Trustee of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, and Colorado Charter Facility Solutions board member.

Rebecca Pontieri

Managing Director

Rebecca is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Pace University in New York City, and Columbia University Teachers College. She was part of the 2003 NYC Teach For America Corps, and taught middle school in the Bronx, NY for seven years. After moving to Colorado Springs she joined Atlas Preparatory School as a reading teacher, and went on to serve as a school leader and Principal for the next ten years. Other professional experience includes working with local arts organizations, board service, and volunteering. Rebecca’s husband is a US Army veteran and they have two young daughters.