Cefus leaves Catamount, joins PPCF

Eric Cefus has resigned as executive director of the Catamount Institute, to become the director of new business development for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

The foundation, among other things owns Venetucci Farm and launched Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. It also has a music, arts and sustainability program at Aspen Valley Ranch in Woodland Park and has worked to revitalize Pinello Ranch. The foundation also offers a wide array of traditional community foundation services – fiscal sponsorship of local initiative and grant programs.

Cefus will be responsible for helping the foundation grow its assets through corporate philanthropy.

He has been with the Catamount Institute since 2009. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1997 to provide education programs and inspire ecological stewardship. Among other things, Cefus launched the Sustainable Business Network to encourage businesses to use sustainable energy practices.

“Catamount Institute will always have a special place in my heart,’ he said. “The organization is in great hands – our staff ranks among the most talented people in our region dedicated to sustainability.

The board of directors has launched a search for a new executive director.

“As we seek a new leader, we will take into account Eric’s outstanding ability to collaborate and communicate with many partners,” said Ann Fetsch, president of the board.