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Promoted

History Colorado Chief Operating Officer Dawn DiPrince takes over as executive director Sept. 1, the board announced Tuesday.

DiPrince, who has been with the 142-year-old museum since 2012, replaces Steve Turner, who is retiring after 13 years in that role.

“I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to lead History Colorado into the future, serving both an organization and a state that I love so much,” DiPrince said in a statement. “We will continue to grow History Colorado's service to communities across the state and expand how we think about the role of history in our lives and who it includes. Every Coloradan should see themselves in our collections and stories.”

The board voted unanimously after reviewing more than 100 applicants nationwide.

“Both Dawn’s heart and her head are firmly rooted in exploring and fully telling the stories of Colorado history, making her an outstanding choice to lead this valued organization into the future,” Tamra Ward, who headed the search committee and leads the museum's board, said in a statement. “At a time when history has never felt more relevant, her dynamism, passion, demonstrated skill in community collaboration, and business acumen made her the clear choice.”

New hire

The Denver Zoo hired Erica Elvove as a senior vice president overseeing its new Conservation Engagement and Impact Division.

“The creation of this new role and merging of these departments represents a milestone in the path to solidifying our position as a zoo-based conservation organization, both locally and globally,” Bert Vescolani, president and CEO, said in a statement. “Erica’s expertise and experience are a perfect fit for this crucial, multi-faceted position, and we’re confident that she’ll play a major part in advancing the Zoo’s mission and objectives.”

Elvove’s resume includes service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and more than 13 years as program coordinator and associate director for the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work.

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