Who Runs the Show
A small group of committed individuals who eat, sleep, and drink the New Era (it’s not a healthy diet)…
Steve (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org
Steve is a founder of New Era Colorado and formed the organization just after graduating from the University of Colorado. He comes to New Era with a background in local politics, labor rights, and environmental policy. Steve sits on various nonprofit boards, including ONE Colorado PAC, INVST Community Studies, and the Colorado Civic Engagement Roundtable’s Steering Committee. When he isn’t strategizing new ways to engage his generation in conscious democracy, he is usually searching for a way to bring a Big Lebowski or Bob Dylan quote into the conversation of the moment.
Passions: Dark beer, coffee, NPR, political street fights, good films, pink ladies (the delicious apple variety)
Special Projects Manager
Carrie (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Carrie grew up in the northeast and graduated from the University of Vermont. In 2003 she moved to Colorado where she immediately plugged into local politics and human rights work. Carrie has been with New Era since our humble beginnings and has brought our leadership development and voter engagement programs to scale. Her favorite parts of the job are engaging first-time voters, building leaders, and talking shop on ballot measures and local policies.
Passions: Plants, fine cheese and/or Doritos, not planning weddings, hashtags on facebook
Nina (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org
(Almost) everything is bigger in Texas. Nina came to Colorado to work on campaigns after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. Guilty of the frequent “y’all,” she spends most her time makin’ it rain and planning events for New Era. Nina’s got a thing for human rights, loves to travel more than anything, and is freaking stoked to call the Mile High her home.
Passions: Eating lemons with salt, political campaigns, hot sauce or A1 steak sauce on everything, discussing international conflict, & talking 3 decibels louder than everyone else
Boulder Organizing Director
Molly (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org
Molly is from the south and says y’all a whole lot. Her relationship with New Era goes way back- Molly was a rockstar intern for New Era while working on her Poli Sci degree at CU-Boulder (ask her some time about her infamous fundrager days with the NEC intern crew). We were heartbroken to see her move to DC after graduation, but alas- she has returned to her New Era roots! Molly is now charged with running the 2012 Boulder program, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her back.
Passions: Sherpa’s, Anderson Cooper, dollar wells, the Carousel of Happiness, healthcare policy, abbrevs
Organizing & Communications Director
Lizzy (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Lizzy is from Warwick, a small town in New York’s Hudson Valley that has a lot of apple orchards. She’s got more hometown pride than maybe anyone ever, but was lured west by Colorado College and Sociology. Environmental issues were her number one at school, but she came up to Denver after graduating to work on all kinds of policy and is excited to organize in the Mile High.
Passions: Pickles, hiking, one particular dub-step cat youtube video, Game of Things, seitan wings
Kelly (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Kelly’s a transplant from Florida who traded the beach for an opportunity to be a mountain woman because, priorities. Denver is home now. She studied Political Science at Florida State & Urban Planning as a grad student at CU-Denver–so she’s all about the connection between community & policy. Lucky for us, she’s the dark horse that has experience with bookkeeping, administration, and logistics. So now, Kelly crunches the numbers and balances the books for New Era and couldn’t be more thrilled about it. We couldn’t either, for real.
Passions: List-making-and-note-taking, healthy communities, cold PBR, warm chocolate chip cookies, camping trips, powder days and natural resource conservation.
Denver Lead Organizer
Keara (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
After being one of the first of New Era’s Democracy Fellows, Keara could not wait to come back and work for New Era (debatably because of the wifi speed and the bagels). She hails from the Dirty Jerz where she caught the activism bug early on, and graduated from a teeny-tiny school called Hamilton College with a degree in Government. She couldn’t stay away from the Rockies for too long, though, and is back to take some names and rock some boats as the lead organizer in our Denver office (metaphorically, of course).
Passions: Game of Thrones, Internet culture, summertime, changing the status quo, and adorable baby animals.
Shayla (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Shayla Sanders is a born and bred Denverite to her core. She studied Political Science, Public Policy and Sociology at the University of Denver, so she’s a huge social science geek. When it comes to New Era, from facilitating voter registration and civic engagement in the African American community to being too cheap and environmentally conscious to waste gas, she is on the bus through & through & has been since she interned way back in spring of 2013.
Passions: Sesame Street, civic engagement, ketchup, Kammy Hugs, and taking long romantic naps on the beach.
Robert (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Robert is from Atlanta, Georgia, but he came west to Colorado as fast as he could. He joined the team in 2014 right after graduating from Colorado College with an English degree, and he couldn’t be more stoked to be part of the awesomeness that is New Era. When he’s not roaming the streets of Denver registering voters, Robert manages our amazing team of volunteers, and he’s super excited to call Colorado home.
Passions: Fly fishing, eating too much chocolate, Jon Stewart, good books, bacon, bacon, more bacon.
Northern Colorado Organizer
christopher (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
Christopher is a true Colorado Native- he grew up in the suburbs of Denver and recently graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley (and sadly, he doesn’t notice the smell anymore). Other than his love for boy bands, Christopher loves making new friends and getting to know people (he even received his degree from UNC in Communication!). Before joining New Era Colorado, Christopher has spent countless hours advocating for equality. While others daydream of a tropical island, Christopher dreams of mountain slopes on opening day.
Passions: Snowboarding, The Colorado Rockies, getting caught in the rain, a cold microbrew, Netflix, and the color Blue.
todd (at) neweracolorado (dot) org
The second Sandlapper (affectionate term for South Carolinian…the more you know!) to join the New Era, Todd went to school at Amherst College before bouncing around the South and ultimately out West. Todd’s stoked to be starting his long-term career in politics and can’t wait to have his team out in the field. When he’s not registering voters, you can find Todd frequenting Taco Tuesdays/Motown Nights/his couch, depending on the day.
Passions: Banana peppers, podcasts, basketball, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, female indie pop bands, Dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets (“Dino Nugs”)
William Truesdell is a Colorado native who grew up living the mountain life. He’s passionate about the environment, education, and working to renew democracy in our communities and schools. A year ago, he seemed to be floating aimlessly on an iceberg without the tackle he needed to do anything about these issues. Out of the blue came New Era to rescue him. He interned in 2013 during the exhilarating clean energy campaign in Colorado, and then naturally stuck around for the spring 2014 internship.
Passions: chugging coconut water, petting every puppy he seems & dreaming about world travel.
Arriana Belkin is a Colorado native and has a lot of state pride. She grew up in Lakewood, Colorado and is in her junior year at the University of Denver studying international relations and socio-legal studies. After finishing the Democracy Fellow’s program, she just couldn’t stay away and is back to join the New Era Team! In her time not in the field, she loves spending time outside exploring all that Colorado has to offer.
Passions: Scandal, The West Wing, all types of cookies and cake (just can’t get enough), and being outdoors.
Rebecca Koelling was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. After taking a few years galavanting around the world seeing the sights and teaching kids English, she has returned to Colorado. She went through the fall internship program, just finished the Democracy Fellow’s program and she figured out that New Era was the place to be and joined the team. When not at the office getting fancy with spread sheets she loves to watch and re-watch the West Wing, practice her dance moves and do the outdoories things.
Passions: ice cream, podcasts, smashing the patriarchy and Star Trek.
Solomun Colvin-Jones was born and raised in North Carolina. After graduating from Appalachian State in May 2014, Solomun worked as a lumber jack for the summer prior to joining New Era. His areas of interests include civic engagement and environmental justice. As the Boulder Organizing Fellow, Solomun is responsible for helping with voter registration and getting out the vote! His favorite part of the job is sharing democracy, #obvi.
Passions: Riding bikes, bananas, hiking, morning runs, Green Tea, chocolate covered raisins, waffles, a good book.
Rebecca Lehman hails from rural New Hampshire. She came out to Colorado to attend Colorado College, which she graduated from in May. Rebecca majored in biology and spent the past summer working as a field technician on climate research in the rocky mountains. She is really excited to be in Fort Collins working with New Era!
Interests: dark chocolate, opera, extreme coupon-ing, dogs with their heads out car windows, SNL.