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:
Galen Kuney is a junior history major at CU Boulder. He traded the lush rolling hills of his native Virginia for the rather larger, snow-covered ones known as the Rocky Mountains after 19 years. He was also able to convince his twin brother to join him in Boulder shortly after. Galen’s near-obsessive search for a way to fight “The Man” led him to discover New Era Colorado, and he is excited to be sharing his passion for grass-roots level politics with others. In addition to his desire to make a positive impact in Boulder and his fascination with things that have already happened, Galen loves the Washington Redskins, riding his bike, and music. He has a personal goal of sampling as many of the excellent local beers that Boulder has to offer as possible, so if you see him at your local watering hole, grab your pint and wish him well, and chat him up about local energy!
Nathan Zick-Smith is a junior at CU majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. Nathan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah as an only child. He spent this past summer traveling in Alaska with friends and around the American Southwest with CU’s INVST Community Leadership Program. He feels passionate about climate change awareness, with a growing interest in democracy, development practices, and public policy. He is excited to get involved in local political issues, such as the ones addressed by New Era (obviously). Nathan’s favorite musical artists are Portugal, The Man, Alt-J, and The Glitch Mob. During his free time Nathan enjoys cooking (especially in a crock pot), playing basketball, biking (of all kinds), and eating ice bergs. If Nathan could have any one super power it would be to travel back in time.
Jourdan McCaffrey is a senior at CU studying political science. Born in Honolulu, raised in Seattle, and now living in Boulder, this girl is a self-described crazy person. She hopes to go into education after graduating and loves working with kids and in teams. You can often find her making a fool of herself dancing on tables, singing karaoke, wearing a full body cow costume or a tutu and sneakers. But don’t let the hot pink tutu fool you. This gamer loves Call of Duty and Splinter cell and challenges any of her fellow interns to beat her undefeated winning streak. New Era Colorado provides the perfect platform for her to have an awesome time while making a difference in the Boulder community and nationwide.
Margaret Dugan is a University of Colorado at Boulder freshman from Chicago studying business management. After living in the midwest all her life, she became allergic to the sight of cornfields, so moving to Colorado became a necessity. When she’s not in class, you can probably find her hiking the flatirons, doing yoga, skiing, or just basking in the Colorado sunshine. A second generation hippy, Margaret is passionate about saving the environment and political activism, which is why she was so excited to be a part of New Era Colorado. She can’t wait to help rid Boulder (and eventually the world) of the root of all evil: coal.
William Truesdell is a senior at CU Boulder studying history and political science. He’s rather obsessed with saving the environment, but only ever manages to save a kilowatt or two of electricity a day. So it’s no surprise that New Era Colorado is just what he’s been looking for: a place to make real, meaningful change. He is also very passionate about education, especially making higher education more accessible. In his spare time he tends to make others uncomfortable by laughing uncontrollably at This American Life streaming over his headphones. Other hobbies include skiing, hiking with the dog, brewing beer and drinking it. He’s also confessed to do, if given the chance, unthinkable things for a date with Jennifer Lawrence.
Jackson Gruver is a sophomore at CU Boulder, majoring in Environmental Studies and is also a member of the INVST Community Leadership Program. Born and raised in Austin, Jackson escaped the Texas heat by coming up to Colorado, where he found his love for her mountains and incredible forests. When Jackson isn’t studying the art of Pollution-Kung-Fu, or using it, he can be found walking around in circles, frolicking in a field pretending to be a Hobbit or backpacking and hiking.
Sidney Sum is an alumni of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Sidney has studied wide ranging topics from psychology, experiential philosophy, organic farming and sustainability, screenwriting, film production, and creative non-fiction writing. Sidney cares deeply about world sustainability, holistic living, spreading unbiased world truths and universal facts in a transparent and non-judgmental way. On his free timeSidney practices yoga, activism, veganism, and spiritual-ism. Aside from all the serious matters at hand, Sidney also loves adding laughter and smiles everywhere because we are all a little more attractive wearing a smile!
Lauren Bean is a recent graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. Native to the sunny state of California, she fell in love with Colorado as soon as she saw those big ol’ mountains…and all the beer. Lauren is passionate about education issues, marriage equality, and keeping this big, beautiful world clean. Lauren spends her free time moonlighting as a mixologist, mastering her Spanish speaking skills with Rosetta Stone, cooking cream cheese inspired dishes in the kitchen, and hiking with her main man, a black lab named Henry.
Nora Roth is currently a senior attending Metro State University studying Political Science with an emphasis in Leadership Studies. While Nora’s main goal is to work alongside Colorado’s main studs as a campaign manager, she also enjoys a daily dose of environmental politics. Her goal to be involved in the coolest things in Colorado has ideally put her here, with New Era. While her main priority is taking Colorado by storm, she enjoys kitchen dancing, and being an underground rap queen.
Becca Koelling was born in the great state of Texas, but as her parents get bored quickly, has moved all over this great nation. Now Denver, Colorado is her home. She is a second year student at the University of Colorado at Denver studying to become the new C.J Cregg. She is really into things like equality, voting and the complexities of election law. She has joined New Era to get those youths up off the couch or preferred stoop and get them involved in Colorado politics. She is a huge Star Trek nerd and loves to pogo stick.
Mitchell Andjeski is a junior at CU Denver and is majoring in Political Science. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, he still finds time to have his nails perfectly manicured. At all times. Arguing with everything his younger brother says, even if he agrees with him, no doubt has Mitchell bound for law school. Claiming to be from the entire east coast, he has lived in NY, PA, MD, VA, NC, SC, and FL. Determined to be classified as “worldly,” he demands that we mention he has traveled to Denmark, Serbia, Senegal, Kuwait, Oman, China, Mexico, Jamaica, Belize and Honduras (whew!).
Julia Lachman a graduate from the University of Denver, is all about guacamole, dogs, cooking, the ocean, psychology, craft beer, recycling, scuba diving (she’s definitely in the wrong place for this one), brunch, traveling, road trips, and farmers markets, among other fabulous interests. She got her BAs in psychology and sociology in June of 2013, and is an alumnus of the Alpha Eta Iota chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (just because it is a fraternity doesn’t mean it can’t be coed!). Her main goal in life is to help people, whether it is by educating them about safer sex practices, playing with children with disabilities, tutoring kids at the Bridge Project, or teaching peers how to become a voter.
Daniela Enriquez is a first-year at CU Denver (although Monster’s University was her first choice) majoring in philosophy and English writing. As a first generation American, her Hispanic roots inspire her to pursue a career in immigration law. She is passionate about engaging and educating her peers in politics, so it’s no surprise she fits right into New Era Colorado. When Daniela isn’t ranting on about the importance of voting to her family and friends she can be found making fat cry at the gym, stirring up protein pancakes or hiking with her dog. In her time with New Era Daniela hopes to conquer her fear of bikes and kick corporate butt.