Brittney Stroh, a graduate of Fountain Valley School and Colorado College, joined Atlas Preparatory School in 2012 as director of community programs after working two years as an El Pomar fellow.

Four years later, she’s now the school’s executive director and COO, responsible for finance, facilities, fundraising and administration. She manages an $8.5 million budget and coordinates $1 million in annual fundraising.

Atlas is a public charter school in southeast Colorado Springs. Launched with 80 fifth-grade students in 2009, Atlas has grown to more than 800 students in grades five through 11 and employs more than 75. Almost all Atlas students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The Atlas mission: To empower all students to experience a life-long pursuit of self-fulfillment through education, character and community.

That may seem like a rapid trajectory for a 2010 college graduate, but Stroh’s work history shows that she welcomes challenge, brushes aside obstacles and gets stuff done — whatever the stuff may be.

“I’ve always worked,” Stroh said. “My first job was at 14, working in the library at Fountain Valley School where I had a full-ride scholarship. At 16 I went to work at Albertsons, and as a Colorado College student, I was the circulation desk supervisor at Tutt Library.”

While director of community programs at Atlas, she managed a team of six full-time staff and four summer interns to support school-wide administrative systems and community initiatives. Her team annually enrolled and handled orientation for new students and families. She was responsible for marketing materials, television commercials, radio ads and canvassing strategies.

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At El Pomar, Stroh co-directed the Empty Stocking Fund in 2010, supervising a staff of six. During a four-month gig in support of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Stroh moved to Vancouver and organized, managed and distributed 14,000 event tickets for the games.

“I’ve been really fortunate to step into management positions early in my career,” Stroh said. “My goal for the next several years is to help Atlas become a stable, enduring and sustainable organization.”

“Brittney is tireless in her efforts to provide the best possible education and life experience for hundreds of children and their families living on the southeast side of Colorado Springs,” said Stroh’s nominator, Atlas Managing Director Emily Dean. “She has one of the strongest work ethics and sharpest minds I have come across in my career.”

— John Hazlehurst