Carolyn Benard

Grant and Project Coordinator

  • Staff
  • Butler Institute for Families


tribal child welfare

Professional Biography

Carolyn’s Cultural Anthropology degree and experience with AmeriCorps have shaped much of her career and perspective regarding the intersection of culture, service and work.

Her knack for organizing information and developing guidance has served Carolyn well in over 10 years of grants management experience. Before moving to Denver, and over the course of 18 years, Carolyn worked in the fields of youth development, violence and drug prevention, national service and service learning. Now, Carolyn’s work with us supports the Capacity Building Center for Tribes project by providing administrative support to leadership, coordinating special events and meetings, providing fiscal oversight and monitoring contracts.

Carolyn stays inspired by taking advantage of lifelong learning opportunities whenever possible. She believes that traveling is one of the most effective teachers and would love to stamp her passport more often. In her off hours, you can find Carolyn walking around aimlessly on her own photo safaris, trekking through nature when she can escape the urban jungle, and finding time to video chat with family in Seattle.


BA, Cultural Anthropology, Pacific Lutheran University