Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod is the President & Principal Consultant in 5280 Consulting Group, Inc. with more than a decade of experience with marketing, fundraising, campaign strategy development, brand placement, product development and project management in the corporate, political and non-profit worlds.
Born in Poland, Kasia moved to Colorado as a child and has developed strong ties to the community through her extensive network and philanthropy. She began her public service career as the first female Student Body President in the history of one of the oldest education institutions in Colorado – Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College), where she also served as a lobbyist for the State Colleges of Colorado. Kasia has been active in politics as the Western Slope Jr. Campaign Director for several mayoral, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns. She was the youngest Congressional appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights State Advisory Committee.
Kasia spent nearly six years in Washington D.C. honing her skills in the corporate world, developing, launching and branding new products in the fast paced world of telecommunications, professional services, application/hosting services and healthcare software. She then returned to Colorado to continue her career and began her extensive community involvement.
Kasia served as the Membership Chair for CultureHaus, a support group of the Denver Art Museum founded by Mayor John Hickenlooper, and was later elected to serve as the Board’s Co-Chair for nine years. Kasia became involved with New Genesis, a transitional community for the working homeless. She served as their V.P. of Development, promoting general awareness and strategic fundraising. Kasia was invited to accept a position on the Denver Scholarship Foundation’s “Friends of Ed.” & Special Events Committees, providing leadership in fundraising and logistics for events such as “An Evening with George Will”, raising over $1.45 million, and “An Evening with Mayor Michael Bloomberg” which raised over $2 million. In October 2011, Denver Scholarship Foundation “An Evening with Cokie Roberts,” raised $1.45 million.
She was one of the founders of Gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper’s young professionals campaign initiatives, “In the Loop” – generating the momentum and campaign win in 2010. In the interim, Kasia was asked to join the Development Committee along with several Gala Leadership Steering Teams for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation and the Denver Art Museum’s King Tut exhibit. In 2010 Kasia was asked to join the Denver Health Foundation’s Level One Society Board of Directors, shortly after raising the necessary $380K to build the Denver Health Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (Pavilion M), Kasia was named as Events Chair to champion the $1.5 million endowment for the unit. Shortly after the 2010 elections, Kasia had been asked to join Colorado’s 42nd Governor-elect John Hickenlooper’s Inauguration Committee. In June 2011, Kasia was named the Campaign Strategy Director for Share in the Care Colorado, the campaign to restore the Colorado State Capitol. Kasia continues her community commitment as the Co-Chair for the 2012 Excelsior Youth Center FACES Gala with Lyle Lovett raising $400K for young women in need. Simultaneously, Kasia Co-Chaired the 2012 AMC Cancer Fund “Cocktails for a Cure” raising $160K to benefit Women’s Cancer Research for the University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Cancer Center. Kasia has once again been asked to Co-Chair the 2013 AMC Cancer Fund “Cocktails for a Cure” as well as the 2013 Excelsior Youth Center FACES Gala.
Along with Kasia’s extensive community service, she has worked in developing marketing strategy and generating revenue for corporations that include: Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Cable & Wireless, Qwest Communication, MCI, Verizon Business and The TriZetto Group, Inc.
Over the past decade, Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod has become known for her strong relationships and reputation within the community, organizing and chairing exciting events for non for profit organizations, which have created a significant following and dedication—of young professionals and socialites alike. She was recognized in March of 2011 by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver's "Top Forty Under 40" and received the 2011 Sawaya Law Firm Freedom Values Award. In early 2012, Kasia was nominated for the prestiges 2012 Athena Award by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In June 2012, Kasia was nominated for the 14th Annual “Outstanding Women in Business.”
Because of her strong involvement with non-profit organizations, Kasia frequently creates win-win situations by organizing events at a for-profit client venue to benefit a non-profit client. Her strong relationships with numerous local, national and international corporations allow for strong partnerships which are beneficial to both the for-profit and not-for-profit client respectively.
In June of 2012, Kasia became one of the founding members of The Vx (Virtual Exchange) is a Technology Platform that turns conversations into results. The Vx is an organization of women currently made up of 80 industry leaders, including senior business executives, national and local women's organizations, corporate governance experts, chancellors of Higher Ed, and CEO’s of large non-profits. The goals of the Vx are to increase women on for-profit boards, sponsorship of women in business leadership and align the future workforce around industry and education.
Kasia serves on various boards and committees in the Denver community and her passion continues to grow for fundraising, networking, philanthropic efforts and non-profits. Kasia’s daily mantra continues to be “choose service over self-interest.”