Gloria Higgins - President

Gloria J. Higgins was named EPIC President, effective September 6, 2012. Higgins has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector and will bring her private sector and civic engagement expertise to the organization, which works to harness the political and financial capital of Colorado’s business leaders to ensure that all children develop into a healthy, educated and productive workforce.

Gloria has a solid history leveraging multiple constituent commitments to improve early childhood programming. This is evidenced by her experience as the founding board chair for the Denver Preschool Program, which enhances the quality of early childhood education and access to all of Denver’s four-year olds. For this role she was awarded Exceptional Board Volunteer in 2009.


Gloria was involved in the founding of multiple businesses, including Higgins, Meritt & Higgins; Digital Partner; Epic Advisors, Inc.; and Ruby Ridge Insights LLC. The focus of each organization has been financial services for multi-generational families, blended with technology and financial data aggregation. Ms. Higgins has served on numerous business boards and advisory committees including Citywide Banks, Northstar Advisors, Innovest Portfolio Solutions and the Wynkoop Brewery.


Gloria has also been active in the philanthropic and nonprofit community including the Colorado Children's Chorale, The Center for the Study of Taxation, Focus Points Family Resource Center, the Denver General Hospital Finance Committee, and the JFM Foundation. In 2010 she was acknowledged as a Finalist in Business & Finance as one of Denver’s Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal.

David Shapiro - Business Relations Manager

David Shapiro has been involved in nonprofit consulting and project management since 2008. A passion for child and family policy and practices led David to Executives Partnering to Invest in Children. Previously, David led Summit County's (Colorado) Fatherhood Initiative and worked in Development at The Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. In addition, David has a background in business and sales in Colorado's Ski Industry.

David is keenly interested in expanding EPIC services, the Workforce Initiatives and EPIC Local Network Affiliates. David is the contact person for all EPIC Local Chapters. The combination of business acumen and early childhood development expertise is what sets EPIC apart from any other organization in the state of Colorado. A devoted father and husband, David understands that raising children in a state which is family-friendly and supports early childhood development, education and care is critical to their success.