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 Fenberg

Executive Director
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)



Carrie Jackson

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 in Pride


Nina Kadjar

Development Manager
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

 


Molly Fitzpatrick

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

 


Lizzy Stephan

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 Zappia
Kelly Zappia

Operations Manager
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.

 


Keara Fenzel

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 Sanders

Outreach Organizer
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 Heald

Denver Organizer
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.

 

Christopher staff pic
Christopher Cottingham

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 Faulkenberry

Field Manager
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.

PassionsBanana peppers, podcasts, basketball, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, female indie pop bands, Dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets (“Dino Nugs”)