Brian J. Elizardi is an experienced education leader with over 20 years of private and public sector experience in fundraising, corporate engagement, and leadership development excellence gained in public and private universities. Brian’s proven track record of building and leading agile teams, results-oriented enterprises, and community-centric partnerships, coupled with strong leadership in convening stakeholders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors is an asset to organizations with a culture of creativity, operations excellence, and analytical-centric acumen.
Previously Brian led the alumni engagement function at the University of Denver, architecting a new model for engagement through increasing public-private partnership activities, strengthening career pathways for students and alumni, expanding experiential learning and connections to employers and industry, and engaging the community to ensure research and creative work meaningfully addressed contemporary issues. This success trajectory is demonstrated through numerous impactful programs, campaigns, startups, and industry awards.
Brian serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Daniels College of Business, delivering classes, workshops, and content to equip early-stage entrepreneurs and executive leaders along their leadership journey. He also serves as the Director of Community Impact and Innovation at CSU Spur, focused on catalyzing investment and partnering with the community to create a world-class innovation ecosystem. Brian serves the community in a variety of leadership positions and industry trade groups through speaking engagement, conference and institute design and facilitation, and authorship of content that catalyzes new thinking and innovative business approaches.
Brian received his Executive MBA from the Daniels College of Business. He was awarded a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the Morgridge College of Education and received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Leadership from University of Denver.