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. Real slackers, huh?

The Boulder New Era Interns:

Allegra Twichell is a junior at University of Colorado in Boulder and is expected to graduate this May. She is a Women and Gender Studies major and will graduate with a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies, LGBTQ Studies and Global Gender and Sexuality as well.  Born in Chicago, Allegra thinks everyone in Colorado is incredibly laid back but has yet to find good Chinese food here. She’s obsessed with fluffy animals and is passionate about reproductive justice and accessible healthcare. She’s excited about bringing the younger generation into the important issues that will impact all of our futures.

Bex Klafter is a rising senior at Carleton College in Minnesota, studying Environmental Studies. Although originally from New York City, she loves spending time outdoors in any way she can. At school, you can find her auditing food waste for Carleton’s Sustainability Office, leading an environmental club meeting, or cooking breakfast for dinner for her outdoors-themed co-op, where she lives. Bex is passionate about food justice, climate justice, and amphibians and loves Kurt Vonnegut, fun socks, and impromptu dance parties. She is excited to intern with New Era to learn more about the political system and to expand her interest in environmental issues to other political issues as well.

David Newman: David Newman is a senior at Fairview High School in Boulder. He’s been interested in politics since the Bush-Kerry election when he was four, when he would go around his pre-school and poll his classmates on their preferred presidential candidate. In the future, David hopes to pursue a career in politics, possibly study law and hopefully to be involved in political campaigns in some way. In his spare time David enjoys hiking, playing disc golf, and spending too much time keeping up to date with the polls.

Emma Presley is a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder studying Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Political Science and a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. If she’s not binge watching Real Housewives or RuPaul’s Drag Race (hey, everyone’s got a guilty pleasure), you can catch her at the bar of Illegal Pete’s obnoxiously engaging in discourse about the feminist approach to ending the prison industrial complex over the Cavs game. She’s very excited to help young folks across Colorado become politically active with New Era this summer. Emma is also a proud Leo spearheading the movement toward ending “Sun-Sign” slander.

Greg Giovannetti is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in Sociology, minoring in Communications, and receiving a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. Being previously from Boston and San Francisco, Greg has repeatedly failed to find a true beach in Colorado and ends up getting lost in the mountains while searching. The issues he cares most about are LGBTQ issues and environmental issues. He is interning at New Era Colorado because he is passionate about motivating people in his generation to get out and make their voice heard on the issues they care about. When he’s not obsessing over various social issues in the country, you can find Greg hiking in the Flatirons, dancing at Red Rocks, or slouching on the couch binging Netflix for hours.

Lauren Cox is a sophomore at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is so passionate about protecting women’s reproductive rights, breaking the glass ceiling, and attacking income inequality, she changed her major from biochemical engineering to psychology and sociology, sacrificing her previous status as the favorite grandchild. Lauren drives a bright red Toyota Prius that despite popular belief is fueled by gas and not corn. Although she has no idea what she wants to do when she grows up she would love to make a difference in the world. Her favorite hobbies currently include hiking, re-watching Grey’s Anatomy episodes, playing soccer, listening to Beyoncé and teaching boys new insults for one another that aren’t degrading to women.

Marcus Tweedy is a Boulder native, though he’s currently a Political Science major, English and Theater minor, and general “Sass-Master” at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. After working on a campaign in his college town and participating in many casual debates, he decided this whole politics thing isn’t so bad and that maybe he’d like to try it on his home turf. An ENFP and a Hufflepuff, he enjoys playing piano, working with kids, and spending time with his good friend and siamese cat, Merlin. (Not to mention working to promote civic engagement, campaign finance reform, legal equality for all people, and protecting planet Earth while we’re at it too). He’ll be spending his fall semester studying in Amsterdam before returning to his favorite hippie liberal arts school.

Paige Sanderson is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Psychology with a minor in Biology. She’s a proud Boulder native with a passion for chemical free toiletries, flamin’ hot cheetos, and reality TV shows on TLC. If she isn’t spending her free time on PerezHilton.com, you can find her with her friends listening to music in the great outdoors or indebting herself at your local natural grocer. Paige is with New Era because she is excited about women’s rights, climate change, and igniting the flame that is democracy within millennials.

 

Rachael Willihnganz is a sophomore at CU Boulder studying International Relations, Political Science and Spanish. A Colorado native, Rachael shredded 25 days on the mountain last season and made thousands of lattes as a Starbucks barista. Rachael enjoys wildflower hikes, yoga, country music and equal opportunity for people from all walks of life. She is looking forward to studying abroad in Granada, Spain next year in order to finally abandon her terrible American accent before returning to the states to work in environmental and social justice legislation.

Seth Rose is a student at the University of Colorado, yet with so many other wildly awesome activities in town to do, this classification (which affords such low-interest loans) is a loose term. For him, these activities include mountain biking, trail running, and dancing. Interrupting such activities, Seth is always finding himself bumping into spontaneous and pleasant conversations; whether it be with friends, with strangers, or with bus drivers. Thoughts of international politics, personal growth, and Lionel Messi are commonly hashed out. With a passion and devotion to such a lifestyle of experiences and interaction, Seth is also not one to be on time, most of the time.

Zoe Woods is “locally grown” here in Boulder County and is currently a senior at Monarch High School. Her dream is to go to Washington D.C. for college and major in International Relations, but college is just too darn expensive these days (so she’ll probably just stay in-state). When she isn’t busy arguing with everyone about everything and being obnoxiously involved in extracurricular activities, she can be found binging Parks and Rec episodes or annoying her dad by watching too much “fake news.” She cares deeply about climate change, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and youth involvement in politics. Her favorite president is Martin Van Buren and hopes to start a Martin Van Buren Sideburn Appreciation Club in the near future.

 

The Denver New Era Interns:

Hannah Sun is a rising junior at Emerson College in Boston, MA and is majoring in political communications with a minor in history and nonprofit communications. While the East Coast has stolen her for educational purposes, she will never truly leave Colorado. She’d likely explode if she stayed out of the state for longer than six months at a time. She loves education and civic engagement and maybe wants to teach as a grumpy professor somewhere in the mountains. This is her second time interning with New Era, mostly because she left a sweater in the office and has yet to find it again. Passions: Oogling Subaru Foresters, hiking, good books, and fonts.

Lindsay Miller is a master’s student at the University of Colorado Denver studying social justice and local government management.  Her favorite progressive icon is Jane Addams and she is at New Era to pursue Addams’s commitment to living out social theories through action.  In her spare time, she kicks the %&!@ out of various large and intimidating people at her mixed martial arts gym.  You may also find cuddling on her couch with her dog Bailey or watching Friends for 12-hour periods.  The issues most important to her are economic inequality, higher education, student loan debt reform, women’s rights and racial justice.  She believes that apathy is the most dangerous emotion and can’t wait to get more young people excited and engaged in the political process.

Nick Shepard is a sophomore at Cornell University. He enjoys listening to Supreme Court oral arguments (he literally cries out in glee when the notorious RBG makes someone squirm under questioning). Nick loves eating the end slices of bread loaves because he doesn’t participate in common culinary discrimination, and once made $1000 in a day selling ladybugs in a box to elementary school students. He is passionate about criminal justice reform, gender equality, and climate sustainability. Nick loves being part of the New Era team and making a difference!   

Raegan Cotton is a senior at the University of Denver double majoring in Criminology and Political Science with a minor in Psychology. She is from Redondo Beach, CA and has had In-N-Out Burger withdrawals since moving to Colorado. She loves doggos, floofs and puppers. She wants to work to reform the criminal justice system after graduation and is incredibly passionate about ending the racial, gender, and LGBTQ discrimination through the legal system. She joined New Era Colorado because she wants to be directly involved in the ever-changing political climate in Denver.