Gary Butterworth is the new chief executive officer for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

Butterworth has been serving as interim CEO since January, when Trudy Strewler Hodges left the organization. He was on loan from the El Pomar Foundation.

“Over the past few months, Gary has demonstrated an ease and exceptional ability to learn and lead this organization,” said PPCF Board Chairman Wendel Torres.

And he received high praise from El Pomar.

“Gary has been with El Pomar for 18 years. He joined as a fellow and rose to direct the fellowship and oversee Penrose House operations as senior vice president. He has really made a difference to the more than 230 graduates of the fellowship, and he will be a terrific asset to Pikes Peak Community Foundation. We look forward to continuing to work with Gary and the community foundation,” said William J. Hybl, chairman and CEO of the El Pomar Foundation.

In addition to his roles at El Pomar, Butterworth has served on boards of local, regional and statewide nonprofit and government agencies, the press release said. He currently is the chairman of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners and is a board member of the Downtown Partnership, the Broadmoor World Arena and the Colorado Association of Funders.

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The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, founded in 1996, creates charitable gift funds for individuals, families and businesses. It makes grants to support community initiatives such as Venetucci Farm, the Fund for the Arts, Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, the Erikson Fund, the Pikes Peak Conservation Fund, Pinello Ranch and the Gordon Jackson Foundation at Aspen Valley Ranch.