First Southwest Community Fund announces the resignation of Azarel Madrigal as Executive Director, effective September 14, 2023. She has accepted a position as Regional Director with Senator John Hickenlooper. 

Azarel Madrigal“I am immensely grateful for the opportunities I have had during my time with FSWCF,” said Madrigal, “I have been truly honored to lead an organization that makes a real difference in the lives of entrepreneurs in rural Colorado.”

As Executive Director, Madrigal has been instrumental in growing and diversifying the organization’s portfolio, and implementing two new funding programs for rural women and immigrants in Colorado. Sherry Waner, Chief Development Officer, FSWCF and First Southwest Bank, will assume the role of Executive Director on an interim basis. 

Kent Curtis, CEO First Southwest Bank & President FSWCF remarked, “I have enjoyed working alongside Azarel for the past two years. Under her leadership we have seen program growth and an upward trajectory in the impact this organization is making across the state. I wish her all the best in her new role with Senator Hickenlooper.”

A search has been launched for the new Executive Director. If you are or know someone who is a visionary leader with a passion for making a lasting impact in rural entrepreneurship and the financial system, have a track record of driving organizational growth and fostering positive change, visit our Careers page to apply.