Naropa University Announces New Board of Trustees Member, Jerry Colonna, Named by "Upside Magazine" as One of the 100 Most Influential People of the New Economy

BOULDER, Colo. (January 27, 2010) -- Naropa University is proud to announce the appointment of a new board of trustees member, Jerry Colonna, an expert in organizational development and entrepreneurship. Colonna, owner of Colonna Coaching, is the co-founder of Hudson Heights Partners, a consulting firm in Port Washington, New York.

Elected to the Naropa University Board of Trustees in Oct. 2009, Colonna was named to "Upside Magazine's" list of the 100 most influential people of the new economy, "Forbes" ASAP's list of the best venture capitalists in the country, and "Worth's" list of the 25 most generous young Americans.

Jerry Colonna is a certified professional coach who helps clients design a more conscious life and career. He established his coaching practice in 2007. In 2003, he co-founded Hudson Heights Partners, a for-profit effort that works with nonprofit clients.

He was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP) until 2002; the same year he was named co-executive director of NYC2012, which represented the city's efforts to host the 2012 Olympic Games. In 2001, he worked with The Partnership for the City of New York to help launch the Financial Recovery Fund, a grants program for small businesses impacted by the attacks on the World Trade Center. He co-founded the investment program Flatiron in 1996. He joined his first venture firm, CMG@Ventures L.P., in 1995 as a founding partner. Prior to that, he worked for ten years for CMP Media Inc.

Colonna also serves as a director, trustee or advisor to a number of for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.