Karmen Carter New Executive Director

Gateway Domestic Violence Services Announces Karmen Carter as Executive Director


Aurora, CO, August 24, 2021 – Gateway Domestic Violence Karmen CarterServices has appointed Karmen Carter as Executive Director of the organization. Gateway is the only 24/7 shelter serving the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County. Gateway provides emergency services and support to individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.  


In her role as Executive Director of Gateway Domestic Violence Services, Karmen will lead all fundraising and operational activities by working with the community to transform Gateway into the best-run, evidence-based, effective, and compassionate shelter within the United States.  


“The mission to prevent and eliminate partner violence and to empower people for social transformation, is one that I strongly believe in,” said Karmen Carter. “I am honored to join the staff and Board of Directors in this critical work to support survivors of Domestic Violence on their healing journeys, to increase awareness of the impact of domestic violence and to further educate the community on ways to recognize and prevent it.” 


Karmen joins Gateway DV Services after 35 years of relevant experience in nonprofit work, including executive director roles at The Blue Bench (formerly the Rape Assistance and Awareness Program) and Judi’s House. She has also worked as Director of Programs at the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and held roles as Development Director and Development Coordinator for the Children’s Legal Clinic and Mi Casa Resource Center for Women. Her financial acumen includes leading successful fundraising efforts as well as executing and managing Federal, State, and local grant processes.  


“We are thrilled to have Karmen Carter join Gateway Domestic Violence Services. She has a wealth of knowledge and the experience to support the agency and its partners,” said Deborah Chen, Board President at Gateway. “We are proud that Gateway has served the City of Aurora and the Arapahoe County community for over 40 years. We believe Karmen and the staff will continue to serve its citizens with excellent counseling, emergency shelter, and court advocacy services.” 


Karmen maintains a broad service record as a board member for the Rose Andom Center (founding Board member); Denver Victim Services Network (Chair, Steering Committee); and Denver Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) (founding Board member) and has experience building strong boards in her previous roles as an executive director.  


For more information about Gateway Domestic Violence Services, visit: http://www.gatewayshelter.org


About Gateway Domestic Violence Services 

Founded in 1979, Gateway Domestic Violence Services’ mission is to prevent and eliminate intimate partner violence through counseling, residential care, and empowering people for social change. We provide more than 10,000 nights of residential care, handle 11,000+ crisis calls and serve more than 350,000 people per year. Gateway is the only 24/7 shelter available in the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County, offering emergency shelter and extended-stay care, together with a crisis line, licensed counseling, and court advocacy.  Gateway is a non-profit 501c(3) organization that relies on private and public donations and grants to deliver these services across Arapahoe County.

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