Rosy McDonough headshotRosy Aburto McDonough has accepted the position of First Southwest Community Fund Executive Director. She will join the FSWCF team on January 8, 2024.

As Executive Director, McDonough will play a pivotal role in guiding the FSWCF to its next phase of growth and impact. She will lead the talented team, collaborate with dedicated board members, and engage with stakeholders to ensure the organization’s mission is fulfilled. Her strategic vision, coupled with her ability to manage resources effectively, will be essential in steering the organization towards continued success.

“I am excited for this great opportunity and the return to my roots, opening doors, providing resources, and elevating small and medium-sized businesses throughout rural Colorado,” stated McDonough. “I believe the lending and grant-related programs FSWCF offers, addresses the needs of entrepreneurs in our communities, support economic opportunities, and provide access to non-traditional capital for emerging and existing businesses. I am ready to bring my business acumen and passion to help FSWCF lead small and medium-sized businesses into their next stage of maturity and success.”

McDonough has extensive experience as an independent business consultant in financial, strategy and business development, and procurement/certification state-wide. She comes to FSWCF from the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC) where she was the Executive Director. Prior to her role at HCC, she served as the Director of the Minority Business Office of Colorado at the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). McDonough is credited for developing the statewide vision for OEDIT focused on supporting small minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses. Under her leadership, staff implements the strategic plan, continuously meeting and exceeding established annual performance measures and impact goals. 

Rosy received her bachelor’s degree in actuarial science (applied mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking.

Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with languages and diverse interest in Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.