Uberoi Foundation Leadership

Jim Polsfut, Executive Director

Jim PolsfutJames Polsfut has served as the executive director of the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies since 2008, as well as its Treasurer since 2011. In addition, he serves as the president of the Cordillera Foundation and as treasurer and founding CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation, two charitable organizations aimed at raising funds to benefit not-for-profit organizations in Mexico.

Previously, Mr. Polsfut helped to create a private bank and trust company called First Western Trust Bank, based in Denver. In that capacity, he served as president of First Western Development Corporation, a division of the bank responsible for corporate acquisitions. During his tenure there, First Western Trust Bank grew its assets to $3 billion under management. Earlier in his career, Mr. Polsfut served as general manager for GE Capital in Mexico City and in the United States, as Denver Mayor Federico Peña's assistant for finance for the City and County of Denver, and as an associate in the public finance office of Smith Barney.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Polsfut is active in the Denver community. Currently he chairs the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the governing body of the 28 public universities and colleges in the State of Colorado, and he also serves on the board of the University of Denver Social Science Foundation. Previously, he served as one of two founding co-chairs of Denver's Road Home, a $50 million plan organized in metro-Denver to combat homelessness over a ten-year period, as chairman of the board of the Urban Peak shelter for homeless and runaway youth, as treasurer of the Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, and as a board member of Open World Learning, the New America High School, the Latin American Educational Foundation, and the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities, among other organizations. Mr. Polsfut earned an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford University.

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