Denise works nationally, regionally, and locally to increase youth participation in high-quality out-of-school time programs. She is founder and principal of CultureThrive.

A thought leader and frequent presenter on out-of-school time and creative youth development, her expertise includes program development, organizational development, tween and teen engagement, family engagement, qualitative research, and marketing and communications. 

Denise’s executive experience includes managing a budget of $8.1 million and leading teams of staff members based at multiple sites. She has formed programmatic and strategic partnerships with over 100 organizations and has successfully engaged over ½ million people in programs and volunteering throughout her career. 

Youth Development Principles and Practices in Out-of-School Time Settings (2018, Sagamore/Venture), features a chapter by Denise on creative youth development. She is lead author of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s 2017 publication Partnering with Community Arts Organizations: A Pathway to a High-Quality Club Experience and of Something to Say: Success Principles for Afterschool Arts Programs from Urban Youth and Other Experts

Denise was project director for the Something to Say report's research team that investigated what tween and teens want in afterschool activities and examined effective out-of-school time arts programs.

Denise works with national, state, and local youth development, arts and culture, education, corporate, public sector, and foundation clients. Clients have included Balboa Park Learning Institute, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Johnson & Johnson, La Jolla Playhouse, National Guild for Community Arts Education, New Children's Museum, NextLevel SMG, the Wallace Foundation, and Y-USA, among others.