Now in its 35th year, the Mizel Institute has grown into a nationally recognized, nonprofit institution with two distinct centers: the Mizel Museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL).

The Mizel Museum promotes social justice with its unique educational programming, cultural exhibits and events. The CELL confronts the threat of terrorism through its renowned event series, world-class exhibit and national training initiatives.

These organizations fulfill the Mizel Institute’s mission of developing more educated, conscientious and empowered communities in order to create a world that is safer and more inclusive.

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Mizel Institute Board of Directors

Larry A. Mizel

Founder, Mizel Institute, Chairman and CEO, MDC Holdings

Herbert Buchwald

Chairman of the Board and President, BPR Management Corporation, Principal, Herbert T. Buchwald, P.A.

Michael Burg

Founder/Shareholder, Burg Simpson Personal Injury Lawyers

David P. Cohen

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Anne Hillary

Community Activist and Philanthropist

Arlene Hirschfeld

Life-long Community Leader

John Ikard

Director, FirstBank Holding Company

Walter Isenberg

Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Sage Hospitality

James A. Lustig

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, United Capital Management

David D. Mandarich

President and Chief Operating Officer, MDC Holdings, Inc.

Andy Miller

Managing Principal, Miller Frishman

Courtney Mizel

Founding Director, CELL

Michael Pollak

Co-founder, Hyde Park Jewelers

Blair Richardson

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Bow River Capital Partners

Rick Sapkin

Founder and Managing Principal, Edgemark Development

We are grateful to the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for their generous support!


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Mizel Institute Staff

Melanie Pearlman

President & CEO

Tom Ruppel

Vice President, Operations

Melanie Avner

Communications Manager

Karlee Butler

Senior Accountant

Sarah Scott

Staff Accountant

Emmanuelle Jacobi

Special Projects & Graphic Design Associate

Heather Olsen

Operations and Projects Manager