Gerie Grimes has worked with the Hope Center for 40 of the 60 years the organization has been in existence and has successfully helped the center navigate challenges and evolve to meet emerging educational needs. She is a proven early childhood education leader and advocate who puts children and the community first. She has been responsible for implementing innovative practices to elevate the Hope Center's award-winning educational programs. In addition to Gerie's work with the Hope Center, her focus is on being an active member of the Denver community. She has served on numerous boards and committees to expand youth and educational programs and make a broad range of impacts within the city. Grimes has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Denver, a bachelor's degree in nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She Is a Buell Fellow and a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Denver.
Boards: The Center for African American Health, Denver Early Childhood Council, Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children, National Black Child Development Denver Affiliate, Transforming the ECE Workforce, Denver Preschool Program Advisory Board, Holly Area Redevelopment Project (HARP), EastSide Unified Leadership Team, North Park Hill Collaborative Impact, Mayor's Head Start Policy Council, Mayor's Early Childhood Education Commission, Metro State Board of Trustees, Metro State Board of Trustees, Metro State Alumni Board, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, Colorado Black Roundtable, Falcons Youth Organization, and Police Activities League.
Awards: Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference Equity and Inclusion Superstar Award nominee (2022), Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Inductee and East High School Heritage Hall of Fame (2020), William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities (2014), MLK Peace Award (2013), Mary McLeod Bethune Award of Achievement (2013), Mile High United Way – Anna Jo Haynes Caring About Kids Award (2013), Juanita R. Gray Community Service Award (2012), Minoru Yasui Community Service Award (2011), Children's Champion Award (2011) and Kathy Hill Young Community Spirit Award (2010).