Craig A. Saeman to help further the mission of serving the poor
April 23, 2019—Catholic Charities of Denver today announced Craig A. Saeman, a Denver native with extensive experience in investment management, development, philanthropy and a devout Catholic faith, as its chief development officer.
“I was raised with an understanding that, to whom much is given – much is expected,” Saeman said. “I am humbled to be called to this opportunity to help give back to a Church I love. I look forward to extending an invitation to those in northern Colorado to join me in furthering the great mission of Catholic Charities by extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ to the poor and those in need.”
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver warmly welcomed Craig Saeman to Catholic Charities.
"I have known Craig for many years and believe that his passion for the faith and the works of mercy will be a great addition to Catholic Charities,” he said. “I look forward to seeing how the poor and vulnerable receive the love of Christ through his efforts."
Catholic Charities created the new chief development officer position to direct all fundraising, marketing and communication efforts while also building and growing an engaged and supportive benefactor community. Saeman began his position April 15.
Darren Walsh, president and CEO of Catholic Charities, said, “We are honored to welcome Craig Saeman to our team. His strong love for the Church and his dedication to serve those in need will advance the Archdiocese of Denver’s charitable work through Catholic Charities. I am confident that his leadership and commitment to the cause of serving the most vulnerable will be instrumental as we launch our new development team.”
Saeman, whose parents John and Carol Saeman co-founded and donated to the Samaritan House shelter and many other ministries in the Archdiocese of Denver, will advance the family legacy of compassion and charity to the poor and those in need. His wife, Shelly, is the director of events for Catholic Charities planning major fundraisers, including the annual Beacon of Hope Gala and Sam’s Supper. This year Samaritan House is launching a $1.6 million capital campaign to renovate the aging shelter in downtown Denver.
“Jesus Christ spoke often in the Gospels about serving others, compelling us to help one another with many reminders to help those that are less fortunate,” Saeman said. “It’s a privilege to lead development efforts for Catholic Charities and help build the vital charitable work needed in our community.”
Saeman is owner of Spyglass Holdings, LLC, a family office and private equity investment entity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Regis University in Denver. He launched his business career in Los Angeles and New York City where he managed a multi-billion-dollar fixed income portfolio. After returning to Denver, Saeman was active in private equity and was responsible for launching and managing a hedge fund, fundraising for numerous deals, and investments. Saeman re-started a dormant organization called Colorado Family Action, which is one of 40 state-run family policy councils, and serves as its chairman.
Saeman is active on many boards including the Augustine Institute, FOCUS, ACE Scholarships Board of Trustees, and Legatus-Denver, where he served as president in 2015. He and Shelly have five children (one child is deceased) and five grandchildren. They attend St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Parish in Denver.
Nissa LaPoint, public relations manager
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