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 2015-02-20 at 1.16.11 PMRyan Famiglietti is a vivacious high school senior with a penchant for politics and an appetite for activism. A veteran of New Era’s fall internship, Ryan is excited to continue working towards creating an era where politics is not dominated by antiquated ideology and unpopular interests. In addition to interning with New Era, Ryan plays Jazz trumpet and debates competitively; the remainder of his free time is spent drinking way too much coffee, attending concerts, and traveling.


Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.17.02 PMAndrew Englund is a veteran of the Marine Corps Infantry whose favorite thing to do is subvert expectations.  Although he is proudly from small town Washington and feels right at home here in Colorado.  He is currently a junior at the University of Colorado in Denver. He is passionate about serving others, performing music, and coffee, coffee, coffee!


Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 5.37.29 PMElizabeth Downey is a first-year masters student at the University of Denver studying Global Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance. Born in south Louisiana and a recent Denver transplant by way of Missouri, her experiences with local politics in the south and the midwest have been engaging, diverse, and often very strange. She expects no less from the Colorado political climate. Elizabeth is passionate about social and economic equality, and loves reading, road trips, and riding her bike.

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Tatiana Talesnick is a senior at Littleton High School. She has lived here is Denver of the entirety of her existence. She currently works for Denver Parks and Recreation as a glorified crafter. She looks forward to pursuing journalism in college. Tatiana is so thrilled to work with New Era to create a better world because democracy is rad.


Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.46.52 PMSaige Draeger is a Colorado native and first-year student at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is studying Political Science. She’s passionate about reforming U.S. agricultural practices, as well as issues like environmental and economic justice. She also enjoys going out to breakfast, cooking breakfast, and eating breakfast.



Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 12.49.22 PMDenisse Romero is a high school senior at the Denver Center for International Studies, and this is her second term working with New Era. She is active in Latino Advocacy work, from Latino Student Alliance and Raza Studies at school, and working with COLOR, another local non-profit. She is fluent in three languages, English, Spanish, and sarcasm (yes, it’s a language!). She wants to continue to work with grassroots organizations throughout college and beyond.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 4.56.01 PMBre Huizar
was born as a full-grown elephant, at 9 pounds and some-odd ounces, with shining eyes and a thirst for knowledge and change. She is now a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she studies Sociology. Bre hopes to one day be as radical and rad as Beyonce and Hillary Clinton, but instead of leading the free world, she would like to revolutionize educational policy for the sake of equity to benefit disadvantaged communities. She’s very excited to work with New Era and learn about grassroots organizations, government policy, and how to make good things happen on a statewide level.

Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.01.40 PMCaitlin Gortze can’t get enough of New Era and is back interning for a second semester! She’s a sophomore at CU Boulder majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She was born and raised in Boston, MA, but loves that she actually gets to debate about politics in this lovely swing state. Her passions include cats, Johnny Depp, nutella, Netflix, equal rights, and talking to people about feminism!


Screen Shot 2015-03-05 at 1.06.46 PMCharlotte Truesdell is a sophomore at CU Boulder studying psychology. Her main issue is mental health & sees it being as important as physical health. She’s Colorado native who loves hiking and being outside.  One day she hopes to live in Martha’s Vineyard enjoying the sun, the beautiful ocean and all of the sushi and seafood she can eat.  She is passionate about getting people registered to vote and wants everyone to participate in their democracy.


Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 12.55.23 PMPetra Hedrick moved to Colorado in 2009 after living in many irrelevant places beforehand and now attends the University of Colorado at Boulder as a junior. She is an International Affairs major with and is currently learning Mandarin (we think that’s pretty sweet). Her passion for politics started at a young age and has only increased as time goes on. She is currently all about voter awareness and education. When not thinking about the issues, she also enjoys reading, taking long walks, and spending an inappropriate amount of money on clothes.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.01.02 PMRyan Langhorst is a senior at CU Boulder double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies in a fruitless attempt to find a job after graduation.  Unsurprisingly, he is extremely interested in renewable energy policy and climate justice issues worldwide.  He grew up in an Air Force family moving from place to place, and hopes to one day get to do it again while saving the world from Russian oil companies.

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 4.57.35 PMPhil Pearson is in his fourth year at CU Boulder studying Sociology. If you asked him what he wants to do with his life he’d say, “I have no idea and please stop asking.” Seriously, he doesn’t know yet but he hopes it’s something sociological and is working to make that a reality! His main issues are educational reform and voter rights. He is not afraid of snakes or spiders but gets really antsy around bees (get it?). He hates getting haircuts but sometimes it just gets to be too much, which is why you’ll always see him in a hat.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 6.57.32 PMJared Minori is taking a break from being a senior at Susquehanna University from Tipton, Pennsylvania to join the New Era ranks. New Era has allowed Jared to escape the clutches of backwood PA and pursue his dream in advocating for environmental sustainability and fighting against influential money in political elections. Jared loves to ski and has come out west searching for soft powder and good people. He also loves reading, cooking, and busting out the occasional dance move.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.05.23 PMShawn McClain is a junior at the University of Colorado- Boulder majoring in Economics and minoring in Philosophy. In his free time he likes hugging trees, long hikes in the middle of nowhere, and moving heavy objects like Arnold Schwarzenegger. He grew up in Golden, Colorado but prefers not drinking Coors beer because that’s so basic. Issues Shawn is passionate about are economic inequality, environmental conservation, and affordable education.

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.06.26 PMIan Koenigsberg hails from Conifer, Colorado and is currently a senior studying Political Science at CU Boulder. When he is not reading the news, working out or saving kittens from trees, you can usually find him doing something political or reading. Once he graduates from CU he hopes to become even more involved with the world of politics, especially on matters of income inequality and health care, get his own cat and become an amateur bodybuilder!


Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.07.39 PMMark Steininger, was most likely born in Fort Collins, Colorado (accusations that he is not of this world are unconfirmed at the moment) and has lived in Colorado for his entire life. He is currently a freshman at CU Boulder and studies History. He hopes to go to law school after graduation but for the moment is content getting more people involved with politics. Many concur he will most likely be seen on TV news in the future for one reason or another.


Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.10.02 PMCelie Davis grew up in Oklahoma City and moved to Colorado in 2010 to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated this past May with a B.A. cum laude in Environmental Studies and Communication. After interning with New Era last fall, she started liking politics a little too much and won’t leave New Era alone. “Better get used to me,” she says. She enjoys being outside, reading, writing lists, and petting her dog.


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Michaela Tonking is a master’s student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is originally from Lake Tahoe, Nevada and moved to Colorado to continue her love for the hiking, golfing, yoga and snowboarding. She is passionate about education equality and voting equality. She is obsessed with ice cream, politics and sunny days.



Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 1.12.08 PMAlyssa Green is a first year student at CU Boulder. Having lived in the Chicago area her whole life, Alyssa wanted to stretch out of her comfort zone by coming to the amazing state of Colorado to study integrative physiology and psychology. The issues she cares most about include equal rights, environmental sustainability, and mental health. When she isn’t being a huge nerd, Alyssa enjoys advocacy work, binge watching Portlandia, and pretending she understands what she is doing with her life. If you ever find a girl wearing her pajamas and looking a little too excited to see the mountains, you found Alyssa.