Valley Settlement Team & Leadership Bio’s

Leadership Team

JON FOX-RUBIN, Executive Director. Born in Aspen, Colorado, Jon Fox-Rubin was with The Manaus Fund before launching Valley Settlement as a stand-alone nonprofit in 2017. Jon serves on the boards of Energetics Education and Mountain Family Health Centers. Previously Jon co-founded and led as Director, President & CEO two advanced technology companies: “Hypercar, Inc.” in 1998 and Fiberforge Corporation in 2004, both spin-offs from Rocky Mountain Institute. Jon also served as Town Councilor of Basalt, Colorado from 2000 to 2004 where he spearheaded a resolution welcoming immigrants to the community and co-founded “Misión: Comunidad” a non-profit newspaper dedicated to building bridges between the Anglo and Latino communities in the Roaring Fork Valley. Jon developed an interest in immigrant integration when he resided for a time as a youth in Bisbee, Arizona—a US/Mexico border town—and as an adult in rural Germany. Jon holds an interdisciplinary PhD and a MS Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology along with a BSME with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jon lives in Basalt, Colorado with his wife Julie and their son.

ELAINE GROSSMAN, Director of Strategic Partnerships, brings forty years of broad-based executive management and development experience in the nonprofit, corporate and education sectors. Elaine is recognized for bringing creativity, passion and energy to organizations during periods of growth and change. She earned a BS from Skidmore College and Masters in Early Childhood Education from Boston College then spent the first thirty years of her career in Massachusetts in executive positions ranging from Statewide Director of Day Care Services, Work-Family Direction, to Development Director, Boston Medical Center, Reach Out and Read. Her passion and skills have secured millions of dollars for programs benefiting children, education and cancer treatment. After moving to Colorado in 2000, Elaine continued using her talents as a development consultant, benefitting the Aspen affiliate of Susan G Komen Foundation, Valley View Hospital, Quality of Life Cancer project and others before joining the Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative project and the Manaus Fund in 2008.

MORGAN JACOBER,  Director of Programs, has been with Valley Settlement since inception and has served multiple roles at The Manaus Fund since 2006.  Prior to the Manaus Fund, Morgan worked for four years with the 2007 El Pomar, Colorado Nonprofit of the Year, YouthEntity, as Associate Director. Before focusing her passion on youth and education, she worked in marketing with Four Peaks Development in Aspen, Colorado. Morgan graduated with a BS in Political Science from the University of Colorado. As a ranch kid from the Roaring Fork Valley, her roots run deep and she’s passing on that family heritage, staying in the Valley with her husband to raise their two small children.

TRACY BETHELL, Director of Finance & Administration, earned a BA from Florida State University and an MBA in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. She has used her financial reporting, analysis, audit and problem-solving skills to ensure fiscal transparency in the accounting for a number of organizations in Colorado including DaVita, Inc., Western Colorado Preschool Cooperative, and TJ Concrete prior to joining The Manaus Fund in January 2012. She and her husband are co-owners of Walltech Services, a construction company, and proud parents of a little boy.