Who We Are

WorldDenver is a non-profit community organization dedicated to advancing a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures.  Supported by individuals, businesses and foundations, WorldDenver engages globally-minded Coloradans in a direct, personal dialogue with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders and professionals from around the world.

Our Mission

To strengthen and expand the community of engaged global citizens and organizations in Colorado through education, cross-cultural exchange, and personal interaction with international leaders, professionals and students.

Our Vision

To be the leading international forum in a more globalized and thriving city.


We seek to be Globally-Focused. Through our programs, we encourage our participants to be curious and open-minded, while respectful of different perspectives and experiences.

We seek to be Member-Focused. Our membership is the core of our organization, providing the financial and volunteer support that makes WorldDenver effective. Providing value for our membership and high quality in our programming is crucial to sustaining our commitment to our members. We will work to remain innovative and creative in how we engage our members in the work of citizen diplomacy.

We seek to be Community-Focused. Through the interactions with our speakers and visitors, our work provides Denver with accessible and inclusive opportunities to participate in a network of globally-minded Denver residents and people from all corners of the world.  Balance and breadth in program design ensures that WorldDenver meets a variety of community needs.

Our Team

Upcoming Events

25 Apr 2017 11:45 AM • 717 17th St #2800, Denver, CO 80202
25 Apr 2017 5:30 PM • Rocky Mountain PBS, 1089 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204
30 Apr 2017 11:30 AM • Domo 1365 Osage St. Denver, CO 80204

Karen de Bartolomé

Executive Director

WorldDenver’s Founding Executive Director Karen de Bartolom√© brings significant experience in international education and program administration. As the Rocky Mountain Region’s Executive Director for the Institute of International Education (IIE), she oversaw the administration of the Fulbright and other scholarship exchange programs for the Rocky Mountain Region, as well as the Denver World Affairs Council, The Diplomats Ball, and the Department of State-funded International Visitor Leadership Program. Prior to this role, Karen had her own consulting practice in marketing and leadership development and worked with the University of Colorado in international development. Karen served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan White House and as part of the transition team for the Clinton Administration (first term).  Karen spent 14 years in a variety of managerial and executive roles at the Port Authority of NY & NJ.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University and a master of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Karen has served two terms on the national board of the National Council for International Visitors (now Global Ties U.S.). She now serves as Vice Chair of the World Affairs Councils of America andholds a gubernatorial appointment to the StudyColorado Board. Karen was a finalist for the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 2016 ATHENA award, which honors the Denver woman who best exemplifies exceptional professional achievement, devotion to community service and generosity in actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Click here to see the 2016 ATHENA award finalists video.



Pat Wynne

Director, Volunteer Engagement

Pat Wynne joined Institute of International Education in January, 2009 and was involved with the transition to WorldDenver three years later.  As a volunteer, she manages the intern and volunteer program which engages approximately 50 in-office volunteers each year, thereby increasing the bandwidth of our staff and  helping to fulfill WorldDenver’s mission of “strengthening and expanding the community of engaged global citizens”.  Pat also serves on the Board of Directors, the ExecutiveCommittee and the Nominating Committee.  Pat is a retired software executive having spent almost 30 years in business software companies, both in Denver and San Francisco.  She has managed organizations in Australia, Japan and China and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.  She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.A from the University of Pennsylvania.  Her family is a good example of our global community:  Pat’s son lives in Ireland and her son-in-law just became a U.S. citizen.  Pat’s grandchildren hold dual citizenship and they have a first cousin who lives in Vietnam.


Daniel Wienecke

Manager, International Visitor and Professional Exchange Programs

Daniel A. Wienecke is a Colorado native who received his M.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University and his B.A. in History and Political Science from Colorado State University. His international adventures include studying at the University of Economics at Prague, Czech Republic; serving as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan where he worked at a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering youth leadership development and volunteerism; acting as Resident Director in Kirov, Russia where he coordinated cultural and linguistic exchange programs through the American Councils for International Education; and acting as the Program Coordinator for the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) in Washington, D.C. and New York City. Prior to joining WorldDenver as Manager of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Dan taught International Relations at Front Range Community College. He is conversationally fluent in Russian and has been honored as one of three finalists for the “2016 Excellence in Programming Awards.”


Lily Ahlborg

Events and Marketing Coordinator




Gergana Kostadinova

Program Manager, Professional & Youth Exchange Programs

Gergana Kostadinova joined WorldDenver in November 2014 as Program Coordinator for Professional Exchange Programs. Before becoming a staff member, Gergana served as a contractor, intern, and volunteer for WorldDenver for 2.5 years. She holds a M.A. in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Denver. As a student, Gergana was very involved on campus and in the community, and worked in Undergraduate Admission. She also spent a semester studying abroad in Chile and later returned to conduct graduate research, and participated in short-term study abroad programs in Belize, Spain, Austria, and Nicaragua. She moved to the United States with her family from Bulgaria in 1999 and has proudly called Colorado her home since then. In her spare time, Gergana enjoys exploring everything that Denver and the Colorado mountains have to offer.




Katy Anderson

Manager, Development

Katy joined the World Denver team in January 2015 as the Manager of Development. She holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado in International Affairs and an M.A. in International Administration from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Katy has had wonderful opportunities to experience the world: she lived and worked in Morocco through AIESEC, taught English in China through the Orbis Institute and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa. Prior to working at World Denver, Katy was the Development Director at CASA Advocates for Children and a marketing analyst at a local wealth management firm. As a Colorado native, Katy appreciates nature and the beautiful Colorado mountains. She loves to dance, play sports and spend time with family and friends. 



Christina Nguyen

Administrative Assistant

Christina Nguyen joined WorldDenver in April 2015 as the Administrative Assistant. She is a Colorado native who received her B.A. in International Studies: Asian Option from Colorado State University. Her international adventures include studying for a semester at Yamagata University in Yamagata, Japan; working for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program as an Assistant Language Teacher in Hyogo, Japan; and traveling to various countries throughout Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Before coming to work at WorldDenver, Christina worked in the Office of International Admission at the University of Denver as an Application Processor.



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