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Telluride Venture Fund, Telluride Foundation

Paul Major

Management of the General Partner


Paul Major has served as the President and CEO of the Telluride Foundation since its inception in June 2000. Major leads the Foundation’s multi-million dollar development, grantmaking, capacity building and initiative efforts.
Prior to the Telluride Foundation, Major worked as the Director of Business Development for Booth Creek Ski Holdings six resorts. Major’s ski industry experience began in 1984 with the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, UT. He served as the Vice President of Athletics and Alpine Olympic ski coach, directing and managed all athletic aspects of the 6 Olympic sports of the U.S. Ski Team including 200 athletes, 60 staff and 50,000 members.
Major is a board member of the Bright Futures for Early Childhood and Families, EPIC (Executive Partnering for Investment in Children), Oral Health Colorado, and formally Mobile Accord, Colorado Association of Funders, and the Council on Foundation’s Community Foundation Committee and chaired the Technology Task Force.
Major holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and studies towards a master in Mechanical Engineering. Major lives in Telluride, Colorado with his wife, Lois Whitesel Major, J.D.. They have three children, Victor currently at Williams College, Naomi currently at St. Michaels College and Malcolm at Telluride High School.