Inner City Health Announces CEO Transition

Kraig Burleson to depart after 30 years; Charles Gilford    named new Chief Executive Officer      

Denver, CO - Inner City Health (ICH) has announced that Kraig Burleson has decided to step down as Chief Executive Officer. After a remarkable 30-year tenure with Inner City Health, including 25 years as the beloved CEO, Burleson will retire. The Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Charles Gilford as the new CEO, effective May 1, 2024.    

"We cannot thank Kraig enough for his dedication and service to our ministry and the people we serve," said Will Barnes, ICH Board Chair. "While we will miss Kraig's leadership, we are delighted that he will remain with us as an advisor to ensure a smooth transition."    

Gilford brings a wealth of experience from his business, non-profit, government, and pastoral ministry background, making him uniquely qualified to lead the organization in its next season of growth and leadership. His previous roles in Mayor Hancock's administration, including Director of Regional Affairs and Migrant Emergency Services and Chair of the Mayor's Faith Council, have given him extensive connections within the community at the Denver city government and Colorado state government levels. He most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer of the faith-based Denver Dream Center, where he made a tremendous impact on justice-involved adults, people experiencing homelessness, and vulnerable youth. He is also an Associate Pastor with Potter's House Ministries in Los Angeles and Dallas.  

"We are excited to welcome Charles Gilford III to the Inner City Health community," said Barnes. "With his leadership, ICH will continue to be a beacon of hope and healing for those in need."