Cordillera Foundation, President
Throughout his career, James T. Polsfut has specialized in financial services management and philanthropic consulting. Currently, he serves as the president of the Cordillera Foundation, dedicated to supporting children and teenagers in Mexico, and as executive director and treasurer of the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies, dedicated to promoting understanding, communication, and tolerance among the diverse peoples of the world.
Previously, Mr. Polsfut served as the president of The Americas Roundtable of the Biennial of the Americas, a dialogue series held in Denver in July of 2010 which featured 90 dignitaries from throughout the 35 nations of the Western Hemisphere in front of an audience of more than 10,000 persons. Earlier in his career, he was a founding officer of the First Western Trust Bank, executive chairman of the board of Cordillera Asset Management; a general manager for GE Capital in Mexico and the U.S., administrative assistant for finance in the office of Denver Mayor Federico Peña, and an associate in the public finance office of Smith Barney.
Appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter in February 2007, Mr. Polsfut currently serves as one of eleven commissioners of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education which oversees the 28 public colleges and universities in Colorado. In addition, he serves on the Social Science Foundation, which functions as the board of the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Mr. Polsfut earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University.