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—Executive Director & Head Roaster

 Mark Smesrud grew up in Minot, North Dakota, attended college in York, Nebraska and graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. With his degree he moved to Dallas to work as a youth minister. While in Dallas he was contacted by Madison about Purple Door Coffee. He immediately connected with the mission and vision.

Mark later committed to the work and moved to Denver in January of 2012. He’s fallen in love with the city and the work of Purple Door over the past three years. He also fell in love with his wife Tiffany in Denver. They have been married since March of 2015. They reside in the Harvey Park neighborhood of Denver with their two rescue dogs, Toddy and Mochi.


Mark enjoys camping, hiking, snowshoeing, baseball, live music, and trying new restaurants.

Mark is the Executive Director and head roaster at Purple Door Coffee.