About us.

Transforming the education landscape.


At Margulf, our vision is to transform the education landscape by expanding learning opportunities for all children. So we’ve made it our mission to ignite a passion for learning in diverse education environments by supporting communities engaged in creative design to bring this vision to life.

Our key principles are:

Leadership

We trust and support experienced leaders who share our passion and who have the knowledge and potential to create transformational experiences for learners.

Innovation

We look for creative opportunities that push the boundaries of what others believe is possible.

Holistic

We support partners who nurture students into well-rounded human beings, preparing them to contribute positively to the world.

Community

We actively partner with and build community through our giving.

Reflection

We learn from everything we do--and while we do not seek it out, we expect and value failure as one of our greatest learning opportunities.

Our history.


The Margulf Foundation was created in 1977 by Martin Flug and has a long history of supporting innovative approaches to education and other family interests.
 

Marty, as everyone knew him, left his mark on the world as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. His list of charitable endeavors was long and reflected his deep interest in education experiments that build community and push the boundaries of what others believe is possible.
 

Since his passing, the Margulf Foundation has committed itself to honoring Marty’s legacy by being an active part of the community that helps transform education in Colorado and beyond.
 

Today, many members of Marty’s extended family serve in leadership roles for Margulf—his son, Jeremy Flug, as President of the Board of Directors; his sister, Vicki Sterling, on the Board of Directors; and his niece, Liz Aybar Conti, as the Foundation’s Executive Director.
 

Meet the team.

Liz Aybar Conti

Executive Director


Liz Aybar Conti has served as Executive Director of the Margulf Foundation since 2010, and her background in education includes extensive time in schools, policy, and philanthropy. She has experience as a teacher and school leader in both charter and traditional public schools. Her most meaningful leadership roles include serving on the first faculty selection committee for P.S. 1 Charter School, one of Denver's first charter schools; leading P.S. 1 as principal for three years; and working as a school leader at the redesigned Manual High School, which reopened in 2007. Liz worked on education policy for Denver Public Schools, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, and the U.S. Department of Education, and today she serves on the board of the Colorado Charter School Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Middlebury College, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and a Certificate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver.



Liz is a native and resident of Denver who lives with her wife and two daughters. They enjoy playing outside, traveling, and adventures.

Sonya Marques-Correia

Director of Finance and Administration


Sonya Marques-Correia has over 20 years of experience in Finance and Management, primarily in nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Sonya was the CFO at Clayton Early Learning, leading the organization’s finance and human resources teams. Previously, she was the Corporate Controller for the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Boston. Sonya earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, an M.B.A. with a focus in Accounting from Bryant University in Rhode Island, and the Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
 

Sonya is the daughter of immigrant parents from the Azores and is fluent in Portuguese. She loves to be outdoors – hiking and skiing – enjoying all there is in Colorado and beyond. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Don, and her four-legged furry children, Daisy and Leo.

Logan Boon

Grants Coordinator


Logan Boon comes to Margulf with significant experience in philanthropy. Most recently, she worked at Bohemian Foundation managing its responsive grant program, Pharos Fund, which focuses on a wide range of community issues in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. Prior to Bohemian, Logan worked at the National Geographic Society, where she was a grant writer and foundation relations team member supporting the many initiatives of the Society. Logan has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Critical Thinking) from Christopher Newport University, an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver, and masters-level certificates in Humanitarian Assistance and Global Leadership Studies.

Outside of work, Logan is an avid traveler and outdoor adventurer. She thinks running for hours at a time in the mountains is “fun” and loves rafting, skiing, camping, and anything else outdoors in the company of her partner Cody and their dog, Indiana Jones (Indy).

Board of Directors & Key Officers.