DENVER, August 20, 2020 – Denver Kids today announced that it has named Patrick Byrne as CEO. Byrne previously was Senior Vice President of Community Outreach at Denver Kids, and he replaces Jim Goebelbecker who has resigned to pursue other opportunities following the organization’s successful merger with Denver Urban Scholars – an organization which Byrne founded and led for 23 years.
“For more than two decades, Patrick has demonstrated that he is a dynamic leader who successfully guides nonprofit organizations focusing on youth development,” said Stephanie McCoy, Board Chair at Denver Kids. “He has a strong track record cultivating relationships with Denver-area youth organizations, foundations, community-based organizations and schools. The board feels strongly that he will be an inclusive, compassionate and collaborative leader for Denver Kids, and we look forward to continuing to work seamlessly with our students and funders.”
Denver Kids provides academic support, enrichment, social-emotional tools, and future planning services to students to help unlock full, lifelong success. Its model, proven over 70 years, is differentiated by strategically creating, and constantly evolving and improving, a holistic experience that supports our students as individuals, students and future leaders. The organization currently works with more than 1,300 students at 150 Denver Public Schools.
“Denver Kids has an almost 75-year tradition of best-in-class service to our remarkable young people and their families in partnership with Denver Public Schools, as well as our staff, board, donors and community partners,” Byrne said. “I am honored to continue my role with Denver Kids as CEO, and I look forward to leading the organization into our next 75 years with a focus on high impact wrap around services and transformational outcomes for the young people we serve.”
McCoy added, “I would like to thank Jim for his four years of leadership during a period of transition for Denver Kids culminating in a merger with Denver Urban Scholars. The combined organization has demonstrated itself to be much stronger and more effective than either individual organization. We wish Jim the best as he pursues his next opportunity.”