Maria Putnam

Chair Board

Maria Putnam has achieved business success through deep connection with people and cultures. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting effective Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs and initiatives.

Maria holds a master’s degree in Community Education and a Principal license from the Colorado Department of Education.

She has developed and led inclusive practices for hiring committees, organized global leadership conferences and guided major corporate clients (Comcast, Cisco, Ericsson, Coors, Starz Entertainment) with DEI marketing strategies and campaign execution in reaching target markets in Hispanic, Black, and Asian communities.

Maria has developed leaders through global international studies programs and supported the career growth of minority candidates in teaching, social services, and administrative leadership for Denver Public Schools in partnership with the International School Network and the Asian Education Advisory Council.

She has built a strong network in the business community and partnerships with not for profit and social service organizations. She is fully bilingual and multicultural.

Maria is a frequent conference speaker and has served on multiple boards including the Global Chamber where she has been a global advisor since 2015.

She also serves as the DEI advisor to the City of Denver Global Landing Pad, a business acceleration program that seeks to assist foreign companies to validate their fit with the U.S. market and explore opportunities in Denver.  

Maria’s work has been recognized and published by the national and international media. In 2019 she was the recipient of the Champion Award for leadership in the Global Chamber and her activities associated with immigrant businesswomen in Denver were the subject of a feature article in the Denver Business Journal.