Denise Montgomery is founder and principal of CultureThrive, a consulting practice offering services in organizational development, program development and implementation, audience development strategy, community outreach, communications and marketing with a focus on youth organizations and arts and culture organizations.

Denise's clients have included the Australia Council for the Arts, Balboa Park Learning Institute, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, New Children's Museum, La Jolla Playhouse, Nevada Humanities, National Performing Arts Convention, NextLevel SMG, Wallace Foundation, and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation), among others. 


The depth and range of Denise's experience are key assets she brings to clients. She has held leadership positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, as Director of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA), as Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, and in the corporate sector. Denise’s work at the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs earned national attention and was cited in RAND’s Arts and Culture in the Metropolis report, which during her tenure ranked DOCA as one of the top two municipal arts agencies in the United States. The Create Denver program, which she initiated and launched, continues to be on the leading edge of creative economy work in cities.

Denise has linked programming, recommendations, and strategic plans to a larger entity’s overall goals and vision; guided complex processes involving stakeholder input and community engagement; successfully created and launched major new programs involving numerous organizational partners; and designed matrices for the purposes of evaluation and achieving measurable outcomes.