St. Francis Center Announces New CEO

Nancy Burke Headshot

St. Francis Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services to people experiencing homelessness, today announced the appointment of Nancy Burke as its new CEO.

Nancy Burke brings more than 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector to St. Francis Center. Most recently, she served as Special Assistant to the President and CEO for Housing and COVID-19 response programs for the United Way of Anchorage. Prior to that, she served as Housing and Homeless Services Coordinator in the Office of the Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage.

"We're thrilled that Nancy will take the reins and lead St. Francis Center, building upon the strong foundation that Tom Luehrs has built over the last thirty-plus years. Nancy brings an incredible balance of hands-on experience, strategic focus, and a deep appreciation for the wonderful work of St. Francis Center's staff," said Ben Kapnik, St. Francis Center Board Chair.

Nancy is a graduate of the University of Rochester and holds a master's degree in social work from Syracuse University.

"I am pleased to be returning to Denver to lead the groundbreaking St. Francis Center into our next phase of service to the community," said Nancy Burke. "I am also excited to learn and grow with St. Francis Center's staff and leadership and to share the lessons I have learned in my years of experience in Alaska." 

St. Francis Center Denver is a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services to people experiencing homelessness. The organization operates a variety of programs and services, including:

  • Day Center Services
  • Permanent supportive housing
  • Employment services and placement
  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • Street outreach and safe outdoor spaces management

St. Francis Center Denver serves more than 9,000 people each year. The organization is funded by a combination of government grants, private donations, and earned income.


About St. Francis Center

St. Francis Center is a nonprofit institution with roots in the Episcopal Church. It has been a transformation hub for people experiencing homelessness in Metro Denver for more than 40 years, offering a wide array of programs to guide individuals transitioning from homelessness to stability. As a multi-service organization, St. Francis Center focuses its efforts on four key areas: day shelter services to meet immediate, basic needs; permanent, supportive housing and case management; employment services offering specialized career training to justice-involved individuals; and outreach to those living on the streets. Visit for more information.

Source: St. Francis Center

About St. Francis Center

St. Francis Center (SFC) is a transformation hub for men and women who are unhoused in Denver, providing shelter along with a myriad of services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness.

St. Francis Center
St. Francis Center , #2323 Curtis St.
Denver, Colorado