The Young Guns. That are smarter than anyone else at New Era.
BAM. This is the crew that gets it done. They register voters. They lobby policy. They knock on doors. They recruit volunteers. They put on candidate debates. They even drive our bus (sometimes). Real slackers, huh?
The New Era Interns:
Jeremy Greenberg is currently a senior at CU Boulder studying political science. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys defeating all opponents bold enough to challenge him to a game of pool. A self-described world traveler, Jeremy has spent six months in the last year studying and working in Vietnam as well as traveling to other countries in Southeast Asia. Though he is a native of California, Jeremy is passionate about Colorado state politics, and closely follows current events in regards to both domestic and foreign policy. When not engaging in highly intellectual political debates (duh), Jeremy can often be overheard complaining about his favorite football team, the Oakland Raiders.
Nicholas Trevino, born in the great state of Texas, moved from the gorgeous brown desert to Colorado Springs, Colorado as a mere boy. He shipped off to Boulder as soon as he could and has not looked back since. An uncanny knack for boring subjects led Nick to study political science and history at the University of Colorado, where he is a Senior. A greater understanding of the past and the ever-changing present sparked his interest in Education and Immigration issues nation and state-wide. New Era Colorado provides an opportunity to impact the everyday experience of Coloradans through issue promotion and lobbying, a challenge Nick welcomes. His passion for politics is arguably only matched by his love of romantic candle-lit trips to the Rec Center and the Green Bay Packers.
Misha Banks is a junior at CU Boulder double majoring in Integrative Physiology and Environmental Studies. He has dedicated his life to saving the world but is still trying to figure out where to start (this is where New Era comes in, obvi). He has a true passion for the outdoors and never hesitates to get his bronze on whenever the sun is out. As a native of Boulder, he feels a responsibility to bring peace to his people and conserve the land he grew up on. When he isn’t reaching out to the community you may find him in the woods climbing on large rocks or at the local 7 11 scratching lotto tickets as a part of his retirement plan.
Chelsea Canada is a sophomore at CU majoring in Broadcast News Journalism. Dancing is what keeps her going from day to day. It doesn’t matter if she is dancing around campus registering voters or dancing in front of her Zumba students, you can always count on her to bring her spunky and energetic energy to whatever she does. Along with the spunk and energy, you will hear her loud laugh wherever she seems to be, without fail. She is very passionate about women’s rights and getting young women involved in politics!
Tim Jenkins was born and raised in the best state of the union, Colorado. A walking contradiction, Tim has webbed toes and swims slowly. He is a senior majoring in Economics and Political Science, and would ideally like a job upon graduation. His passion for volunteering, activism and human rights has led him to pursue justice for marginalized communities of all kinds, so it is little surprise that he ended up at a great organization like New Era Colorado! His favorite activities include being a pretentious vegan, getting jacked, cooking and reading.
Sarah Winter, huge fan of old school rap and most old music with soul (think Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke), Sarah is a sophomore at the University of Colorado. Raised in good ole Colorado Springs, she is currently pursuing a News Editorial degree from the J-school with an emphasis on Political Science. When she’s not studying or engaging her peers in politics, you can find this Taos, New Mexico native shreddin’ the gnar on the mountains, reading in a hammock, or gettin’ down with the music on the dance floor.
Casey Moher is a Colorado native who loves camping, fishing, and politics… go figure. She is a senior who is double majoring in political science and sociology and is in the process of writing a thesis to graduate with honors in the political science department. Her focus is on US war strategy, foreign policy and also corporate/ government ties. With that she hopes to get into a global watchdog organization or advocacy group monitoring how the US engages in war. To keep herself sane after those ambitious goals she works out, reads all the time, writes songs, and hangs with her friends.
Jennifer Dailey is a senior at CU Boulder, and a native Coloradan. She began her New Era journey as a summer volunteer and has finally realized her life-long (since summer ’12) dream of becoming a New Era intern. She is majoring in International Affairs and Chinese. While her school work involves checking out other countries’ issues, she is passionate about issues that affect her home state. In certain circles she is trusted with explaining the news as well as giving advice on the perfect cupcake. You can often find her rockin’ a coffee mug in one hand and voter reg form in the other.
Nichole Sierra-Lawrence is a Senior at CU-Boulder studying International Affairs and Sociology. Nichole also helps lead a class that teaches first year students at CU about multicultural leadership, diversity, justice and equality. She is passionate about and committed to working for social justice/women’s rights at home in Colorado and abroad, so she’s super psyched about working with New Era Colorado this spring. Nichole hopes to secure a career that combines social justice work and international travel after graduation. First impressions may be deceiving with this girl: although she may seem like a quiet little panda, she can quickly transform into a feisty and ferocious tiger if you get her talking about any social justice issue or if you turn on Shakira (her hips don’t lie).
Andrew Whitehead is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder working hard to graduate in May with a degree in Environmental Studies specializing in Sustainable Development. He grew up in the grand country of Ireland, which is probably where he began to develop his exquisite beer palate. After moving to Wayne, Pennsylvania, Andrew became seriously passionate about the environment and strives to spread his awareness with anyone willing to listen. In his free time he loves to play hockey and soccer as well as go hiking. All that know him well fear his obsession with goats will land him a staring role on the well-known American TV show “Hoarders”.
Toluwanimi Obiwole is currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Denver, studying Civil Engineering, and she hopes to join the Peace Corps after school. She is very passionate about issues on education, health and environment, and women’s rights. Tolu began interning with New Era Colorado when they registered her to vote by catching her eye with their “alternative” methods. During her time there, she learned that civic engagement does not have to be boring and this simple act can actually change things. Since then she has been challenged like never before to do something about the issues she cares about. Tolu’s a wicked slam poet and gives out the hugs we all need but can’t ask for.
Sara Heisdorffer is a sophomore sociology major at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She’s passionate about accessible higher education, equal rights, and equal opportunities for everybody. When she’s not off trying to change the world, you can find her saving lives at the local Lakewood pools, watching Big Bang Theory, or climbing shit. Most importantly, she’s got the best porn star name of the entire intern crew–cause she’s also known as “Sunset Johnson.”
Amber Garcia was born in Denver and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Currently, she is a senior at CU Denver studying criminal justice and ethnic studies, with a minor in political science. Amber is passionate about the environment, education, civil rights, and women’s rights. She loves animals, especially her kitty and two small pups. She is super excited about politics, and engaging and empowering underrepresented peeps. Young folks are the bees knees and she hopes to stay one as long as she lives! Amber’s very family-oriented, and her three awesome younger sisters keep her inspired to change the world every day.
Shayla Sanders is a Political Science major at the University of Denver. She is the typical DU student as she maintains work, classes and single motherhood, while attempting to pursue her dreams of furthering minority involvement in politics. Education and health care reform are two issues that get her blood boiling, in a good way (mostly) and her emphasis on family values fuels her drive. Shayla prefers to study politics on a state and local level, as national politics is far too vast a subject for her scattered mind to comprehend. Free time, though scarce, is filled with reading, eating, and sleeping, three of Shayla’s very favorite pastimes.
Krystal Lane is 18 years old. She was born and raised in Colorado and joined the New Era intern program to give back to her community by making sure that Colorado youth are civically engaged. She loves getting her feet wet in the political process. When she’s not engaging in highly intellectual political debates (duh) at the Community College of Aurora, she’s either at the Capitol or tabling. Her interests include Chinese face reading, photography, music, and of course politics. She didn’t know she was going to get a rowdy, quirky new family when she checked the “I want to volunteer” box on her pledge to vote card.She’s a witty one, so she fits right in with the new family and is determined to prove her generation really does care about politics–not only by getting more young people involved but through leading by example.
Oscar Alcalde‘s a cool cat who was born in Torrance, California, and raised (mostly) in the westerooni (Colorado, by the way). Where, through a chain of tribulations and a series of epiphanies, he realized that he, indeed, does love philosophy… and eventually politics and economics. He’s currently finishing his “General Studies” at Metropolitan State University in Denver, with hopes to transfer out of state to pursue more insight into economics. Oscar’s passionate about international economic equality but is turning his sights toward combatting the economic injustices in the US. When not volunteering, he attempts to: read, write (Stephen Spender and Thoreau wannabe), throw the fris’, see the music playing, make the music, and embrace the nature… to take a break from the city and also the colossally eerie ‘burbs.
Richie Bryan is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration. When school isn’t in session, Richie actively pursues his certificate in ballerology 101, with an emphasis on forrrr threeee philosophy. He enjoys the outdoors, being physically active, playing guitar and video games, as well as some good metaphysical and political reads. Richie hopes to become more involved with the issues of his community and someday hopes to get in depth about energy and environmental reform on either a state or national level.
Jacob Stone is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a degree in Philosophy and Business. Born in Newtown, Connecticut he is a recent resident to the Mile High City. He’s passionate about health care reform, marriage equality, and issues regarding capital punishment. One day he hopes to help legislate against social injustices on the state and federal levels. He is a die hard NY Giants and Yankees fan, can shred on electric guitar, loves Scotch, and is a sucker for eggplant parm.
Alexa Thompson is currently a senior at Colorado College majoring in Religion and minoring in Feminist and Gender Studies. Alexa is from the great state of Oklahoma! She spent last summer working with Oklahoma state senators and on a US congressional campaign. Having recently accepted a job in Denver, she is excited to become more involved in Colorado politics. Alexa spends her free time riding her bike, going to shows and basking in the sun with a good book in hand.