Lisa Neal-Graves: CEO
Aurora, CO — Aurora Wellness Community (AWC), a partnership between the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the Aurora community, has appointed longtime Colorado innovation leader Lisa Neal-Graves as CEO. AWC aims to improve access to primary care for underserved populations in Aurora and will also offer services to promote physical, mental, and financial well-being within the community, with a particular focus on housing, food security, generational care, community building and connection.
Neal-Graves brings extensive experience to AWC, including in the technology, healthcare and financial services industries, as well as at federal, state, and local government agencies. She has significant expertise in supporting new service/product introduction, business/partnership development, and community building.
Throughout her career, Neal-Graves has contributed substantially to defining and growing new lines of business and establishing partnerships that have led to dramatically increased revenues and profits. Among other positions, she has served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Colorado State Attorney General’s office, Director of Technology Insights for Intel Corp., and Vice President of the Cloud Strategic Product Group at Zayo Group in Boulder.
Neal-Graves is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Public Broadcast Media, the Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission, and is an advisor for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network.
The Aurora Wellness Community will be designed as a community-influenced health ecosystem with students and faculty members from across CU Anschutz, including the CU School of Medicine, providing care. The center also will have a focus on wealth-building in the community through co-ops, small business accelerators, and other local entrepreneurship and ownership opportunities that foster community wealth. Its goal is to help turn Aurora into the healthiest and most economically viable city in the nation.