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:

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.34.57 PMTaylor Dybdahl is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Nonprofit Organization. Born and raised in Lakewood, Taylor loves to travel (but she’s never been out of the country, *sad day*). Her interests include fundraising, participating in discussions about mass atrocities or nonprofit organizations in general, and politics. Outside of work, she loves to go to concerts (she tries to go to at least one a month), hanging out at home binge watching shows on Netflix or hanging out with friends on a patio.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.36.00 PMKaylene Wright is a Colorado native from Littleton and is thrilled to be working with New Era. She is a rising junior at Hood College (Frederick, Maryland) where she studies Political Science and Communication Arts, and constantly brags about how great Colorado is. She is most passionate about mental health, women’s rights, and the environment. She loves taking all kinds of political action, and hopes to hold public office in the future. In her free time she enjoys long walks in the rain, yoga, and feminist rants.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.36.45 PMErin Stradinger is from Chicago, but Denver is her chosen home. She’s a fifth year senior at the University of Denver, studying Religious Studies and International Relations. Erin loves the mountains/outdoors/Earth and thinks sustainability on any level is awesome. She makes her bed every morning, knows how to wrap a sari, and has always wanted to have a 21st of September party a la Earth, Wind & Fire.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.38.33 PMSteven Ortega is a vivacious sophomore who humbly attends Colorado College and loves him some democracy. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Steven is a #native who thinks Colorado is kinda neat. A leader of folk, Steven is a campaign veteran and relishes the chance to take part in New Era Colorado’s mission to inspire a generation of youths to engage in participatory democracy. When not reading or participating in politics, Steven is thinking about reading or participating in politics, he’s just that kind of guy.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.39.43 PMAntonio DiMarco is a sophomore at Grinnell College in Iowa, where he studies Political Science and Spanish. He was born and raised in the great town of Clear Lake, Iowa, and couldn’t help himself from coming to New Era over the summer. He is really bad at city driving and still doesn’t really get how the light rail works.  His passions include politics, soccer, running, and playing the piano.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.40.10 PMMegan McKinney is a senior Economics major with an international policy concentration at Berea College in the beautiful bluegrass state of Kentucky. She is passionate about human rights, economic justice, and the Oxford comma. A native of East Tennessee, she lives by one important question: “What Would Dolly Parton Do?” Some of her favorite things are reading and writing poetry, drinking an outrageous amount of coffee, forever binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and coming up with the corniest puns ever heard.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.42.38 PMHannah Sun is a recent graduate from Denver School of the Arts in the creative writing department. She enjoys the outdoors as any other crunchy Colorado native, poetry, good books, and sleeping on roofs. This fall she will attend Emerson College in Boston to study Political Communications and hopefully achieve her current life goal- lowering the municipal voting age to 16 across the United States.



Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.44.43 PMTom Wangaard is a Minnesota local living in Denver. In 1992, mystic Lee Jang Rim predicted the world was going to end. He was right. In late October, Tom was born and began his rise to power. After growing up in frigid Minnesota, Tom moved to Colorado to receive a formal education in Political Science from Regis University. Upon graduating, Tom came to New Era to learn about politics and the importance of youth in America. In his spare time, Tom plays guitar, reads books, and practices maniacal laughing.


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Summer Deeb is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying International Affairs. Summer has lived in Colorado for two years now and loves it. She was born in Long Beach, CA and enjoys In-N-Out Burgers like any good California native does. Summer is very passionate about women’s rights and hopes to make some kind difference one day (we’re betting that she will). She enjoys snowboarding, eating french fries, and meeting new people!

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Ryan King is a senior at the University of Colorado in Boulder. A long time believer in good things, Ryan was naturally attracted to New Era Colorado. He hopes to continue furthering the environmental movement through politics after completing his studies, which include the environment and foreign language- a key to understanding wonky politics.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 8.21.31 PMRaquel Zeitlin is a rising senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Economics and Psychology. Originally from Miami, Florida, she was able to fulfill her adventurous drive for outdoorsy hobbies as well as expand her horizons by moving to the other side of the country. She loves to volunteer, whether it’s with kids, the elderly, or a certain disease-related cause. She joined New Era with the hopes of becoming a better Coloradan while helping to make our city, state, and country more reflective of the population that exists and bettering democracy. Some issues that pique her interest include women’s rights, student debt, and healthcare. She loves to ski, hike, meet new people, try new foods, go to the beach and travel. Her passionate love for cats epitomizes her quirky side.

Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.50.13 PMMiles Farmer is currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Environmental Studies. He is originally from Georgia but has grown to love Boulder’s beautiful mountainside environment. His favorite pastimes include backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail. Renewable resource and alternative energy initiatives are what he is most interested and part of the reason he got involved with New Era. With the knowledge gained with New Era he hopes to become more involved in environmental politics.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.53.44 PMRafi Rahman will soon be a sophomore attending CU Boulder, and he has not been skiing or snowboarding, despite living next to a mountain that is covered in snow for half of the year. He cares most about issues facing the middle and lower income classes in Boulder, like minimum wage, and he is also passionate about the environmental issues facing our planet today. Majoring in Political Science and Economics, he hopes to become a lawyer after graduate school. Undeterred by his career choice, he hopes to grow into a kind and caring man, and when he’s not studying for his LSATs at age 19 (seriously, starting this early has got to be doing something to his fragile mental state), he is playing tennis, drawing cartoons, and watching shows on Netflix. That last activity is so original that he hopes that mentioning it will set him apart at New Era.


Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 5.56.10 PMDanielle Meltz is a globe trotter temporarily perched in Boulder, Colorado studying Waitressing (otherwise known as Journalism). While gender equality and moving past the French level of a three year old are her main life interests, she spends large chunks of time wondering how she survived before her first Red Rocks concert. Her future goals are colorfully unclear and far too optimistic.