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Urban League of Metropolitan Denver's Board of Directors announces
​first half of new leadership plan

Local entreprenuer--Wil Alston to serve as new president/ceo

The Urban League of Metropolitan Denver’s (ULMD) Board of Directors announced today that it has unanimously chosen Wil Alston as the organization’s next president/CEO.  Alston, who currently doubles as an entrepreneur and as the director of marketing for the Five Points-based Civil Technology, Inc. will succeed former president/CEO, Sean Bradley.  The announcement is the first part of the 72-year-old advocacy organization’s two-phases of onboarding new leadership.
“We were grateful that Mr. Alston answered the call to bring his leadership skills to ULMD,” said Pastor Del Phillips, chairman of the board of directors and pastor of The House Worship Center.  “In his skill set and experience, he brings the strategic and entrepreneurial platform our organization needs.  We are quite confident that the combination of Wil Alston’s deep knowledge of public and nonprofit organizations makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Urban League into the future.”
Mr. Alston is set to begin his new role on October 1st.  The second phase of the onboarding plan, scheduled for rollout in late-October, will be the announcement of service programs targeted to address systemic issues in the Denver community and an expanded board of directors. 
The selection of Alston caps a five-month national search process that was facilitated by the Urban League’s Board of Directors.  An initial pool of nine applicants was narrowed to a group of three candidates that were interviewed by the ULMD Board search committee, and then a final round of meetings produced Alston as the candidate of choice.
"Wil was the best choice out of the pool of interested and highly qualified candidates," said Joy Hall, a member of the search committee and commercial banking assistant vice president at Wells Fargo Bank. "He's already been successful, both, as a nonprofit executive here in Denver and as a senior communication advisor in government.  But even more important than that, he has a great vision for what our Urban League in Denver can become.”
"I am honored and I'm grateful to the board for the opportunity to lead this iconic organization,” said Alston. “The work of the Urban League is still very much needed.  We continue to live in a time and place, unfortunately, where the playing field is still uneven for disenfranchised folks and those from communities of color.  There is still a lot of work to do.”
Alston, 57, is a native of Washington, DC and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Regis College here in Denver.  He has held senior level positions with Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, and has led or held senior level positions with several local nonprofits including: Five Points Business District, University of Denver’s Spirituals Project, and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.   Today, Alston provides marketing, strategic planning, event coordination, and strategic communication consulting to a variety of public and private organizations via his almost twenty-year-old firm, The Wil Alston Group.  He is a longtime resident of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood where he resides with his wife of 24 years—Roz.

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