Sue Anschutz-Rodgers / Campaign Vice Chair
Sue Anschutz-Rodgers / Campaign Vice Chair
Chair & President / Anschutz Family Foundation

Sue Anschutz-Rodgers serves as chair and president of the Anschutz Family Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. Sue grew up in Kansas with a family ranching heritage spanning generations. She graduated from the University of Kansas. Today, she owns and operates Crystal River Ranch, a prominent cattle and hay ranch in Carbondale, Colorado. She recently purchased what was left of the first ranch her father purchased in South Park, Colorado. As a young girl, this is where she realized that ranching was definitely in her blood.

Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers has dedicated a good portion of her life to charitable work with nonprofit boards. She is the recipient of the Citizen of the West award, one which she is particularly proud of. This annual award is given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and who are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals. Not only was Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers the first woman to be awarded Citizen of the West, she was also the first woman to be appointed to the nine-member executive committee of the Western Stock Show Association.

Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers has served, or is currently serving, on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America—Denver Area Council, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Crow Canyon Archeological Center–Cortez, CO, Denver Police Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute, Land Trust Alliance—Washington, DC, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy of Kenya, National Stroke Association, and the Thompson Divide Coalition—Carbondale, CO.

Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers is interested in wildlife habit and animal welfare, land preservation and international issues. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, traveling, history, architecture, and design. She has three children and nine grandchildren.

Ms. Anschutz-Rodgers is a past board member of:

  • Aspen Music Festival and School
  • Aspen Valley Land Trust
  • Bright Beginnings
  • Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
  • Cenikor Advisory Council
  • Conference of Southwest Foundations
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Debutante Ball
  • Denver Dumb Friends League
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Denver Symphony Association
  • Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Historic Denver
  • Iliff School of Theology
  • Loretto Heights College
  • Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Mt. Sopris Historical Society, Carbondale, CO
  • Music in the Mountains, Durango, CO
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Washington, DC
  • New World Airport Commission
  • 9 Who Care
  • Trinity Methodist Church
  • Up With People

Her civic memberships include:

  • Alexis de Tocqueville Society
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Institute of International Education
  • Junior League of Denver
  • Mile High Club
  • Rotary Club of Denver

She has received the following honors:

  • 1993 – Distinguished Service Award, National Stroke Association
  • 1997 – Heart of Gold Award, Food Bank of the Rockies
  • 1997 – Women of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council
  • 1998 – Triumph Award, Rocky Mountain Stroke Association
  • 1999 – Trailblazer Award, Association of University Women
  • 2000 – William Funk Award for Building Community Statewide, Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • 2001 – Who’s Who 2001 Executive of the Year in Nonprofits and Foundations, Denver Business Journal
  • 2001 – Honoree, Colorado Neurological Institute
  • 2005 – Community Resource Center and Colorado’s Rural Nonprofits award as the Champion of Rural Philanthropy Days
  • 2006 – Citizen of the West, National Western Stock Show
  • 2006 – Legendary Leader of Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector Award, Community Resource Center
  • 2008 – Inductee, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame
  • 2012 – George E. Cranmer Award, Colorado Open Lands
  • 2012 – Honoree, Women Who’ve Changed the Heart of the City
  • 2012 – Distinguished Service Award, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
  • 2013 – Russell Thayer Tutt Award, El Pomar Foundation
  • 2014 – Special Honoree, 7th Annual Donor Recognition Dinner – University of Colorado, Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • 2016 – Lifetime Achievement Award, National Philanthropy Day in Colorado
  • 2017 – Laureate, Colorado Business Hall of Fame