Ricketson has over twenty years of experience in the field of philanthropy. She joined the University of Denver in 2008 as the Director of Development and Alumni Giving for the Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to joining DU, Ricketson worked as a program officer and philanthropy advisor for Rose Community Foundation for twelve years where she evaluated grant applications in the areas of Aging, Child & Family Development, Education and Health. Additionally, she worked with families and their donor advised funds. Ricketson made her initial foray into the nonprofit sector as a Development Coordinator and Program Officer for the Women's Foundation of Colorado.
Ricketson earned her Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State College of Denver and her Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Denver.