The Gathering Place announces Megan Devenport as new CEO

The Gathering Place is pleased to announce that Megan Devenport has been selected as its next Chief Executive Officer. Megan will succeed Lydia McCoy, who has served as Interim Chief Executive Officer since July 2022.

“The Board is excited to welcome Megan to our community and believe she has the vision and skills to lead our organization into the next chapter. We look forward to partnering with her to increase member engagement in decision making and to refine our mission as we grow and expand,” said TGP Board Chair, Maya Wilbourn. 

Megan Devenport brings a wealth of experience and expertise in community social work to The Gathering Place. For over 15 years, Megan has worked in direct service with young people in crisis, public-private partnerships, graduate-level teaching, and executive leadership, with an emphasis on advocating for racial equity and social justice. 

Most recently, Megan was the Executive Director at Building Bridges, leading the organization through a turnaround process. In that capacity, she led the overhaul of the program curriculum, launched a social enterprise that doubled in revenue year-over-year, and tripled the size of the full-time staff team. This dramatic transformation was built on Building Bridges’ 25-year legacy while evolving to meet today’s community’s needs. 

Megan holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois.  

Devenport will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to develop and carry out a strategic plan to guide our organization’s growth and impact in the coming years. The Gathering Place is committed to continuing its efforts to support marginalized communities by creating more equitable spaces and implementing low-barrier services; Megan will play a key role in furthering these efforts through a lens of prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Gathering Place is thrilled to welcome Megan Devenport to the team. We look forward to the positive impact Devenport’s leadership will bring to our organization as she helps advance our mission and make a difference in the lives of those we serve. 

“I’m honored to join the incredible team and community at The Gathering Place,” said Megan. “We have the opportunity to continue to grow to meet demand for our services, to double down on our commitment to embed equity in everything we do, and to leverage our community’s expertise and lived experience to advocate for change. This is important work at a critical time in Denver’s history. I can’t wait to get started.”