Who Runs the Show

A small group of committed individuals who eat, sleep, and drink the New Era (it’s not a healthy diet) …



Andrea Stojsavljevic

Data Manager
Andrea (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Andrea is originally from the sports mecca of Cleveland, Ohio (where dreams come true). She graduated from Wright State University in 2013 with degrees in Gender Studies and Psychology. Upon graduation, she ventured out to Boulder, Colorado to start working as an AmeriCorps, and slowly but surely was engulfed into the world of New Era. She’s excited to put her smarts and attention to detail to work as the Data Manager. 

Passions: cold brew coffee, husky puppies, ice cream, hand hugs

 

 

Blair Stapp

Communications Manager
Blair (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Blair hails from the Appalachian foothills of Huntsville, Alabama, a city known for its NASA research. Blair attended Space Camp at a young age and has been fascinated by the cosmos ever since. After sporadically doing design and volunteer work for New Era over the past few years, they joined the crew in 2016. Blair has a background in graphic design, specifically branding, and enjoys pushing pixels for progress.

Passions: podcasts, creating inviting spaces, documentaries, Notorious RBG, intersectional justice, LGBTQ+ event organizing, and ambient lighting

 

 

Cassidy Tawse-Garcia

Lead Western Slope Organizer
Cassidy (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Cassidy is a true child of Colorado; the offspring of a Texas and California transplant who grew up with an understanding that Halloween costumes must be all-weather, and the goal of making it to the top of every ‘14er’ (she’s still working on that). She became involved in campaigns before hitting double digits, “planning” fundraising events and knocking on doors for her Dad’s Denver City Council campaign. After graduating from CU Boulder in 2009 with a degree in Mass Communications and Political Science, Cassidy headed to the Gunnison Valley to better acquaint herself with the high elevations of her state. It was there that the advocacy bug bit her, working on local and statewide environmental initiatives and GOTV efforts. In May of 2016, Cassidy graduated from Western State Colorado University with a Masters in Environmental Management. She is thrilled to join the New Era Family, and can’t wait to share the gospel of People-Powered Democracy with the Western Slope!

Passions: dinner parties, pow days, identifying wildflowers, making To-Do lists, facing her fear of falling-off the side of mountains, Acting on Climate, finding a use for every weird vegetable in her weekly CSA box

 

 

Chelsea Canada

Denver Program Manager
Chelsea (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Chelsea, a Colorado native, grew up in the desert region of the state, far south of Denver. She got hooked on voter registration in high school and brought that excitement to Boulder by joining the New Era family the second she stepped onto CU-Boulder’s campus. In her free time, you can find her contemplating if you really can change the world one dance move at a time, finding new ways to engage young people in politics, obsessing over new podcast series, and/or laughing.

Passions: Intersectionality of women and politics, an entertaining dance move, sushi, adventures, and couch surfing across the country

 

 

Diana Downard

Denver Organizer
Diana (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Diana is originally from Aguascalientes, México, where she acquired an affinity for public spaces (plazas!) and all things spicy; Colorado has been home for her for the last 15 years. She studied Political Science at CU Boulder and during her time as an intern with New Era she got pumped about people-powered democracy. Diana is excited to to engage with Colorado folks who want their voices to be heard!

Passions: running around lakes, onion rings, dark comedy/coffee, chatting about how to get big money out of politics, intersectional activism

 

 

Emily Lanter

Denver Organizer
Emily (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Emily grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii (as you can tell from her radiant, sunny tan – not). In 2012, she crossed the seas to attend the University of Denver and quickly fell in love with Colorado for its mountains, lakes, cities, and funky fresh lifestyle. While at DU, Emily studied political science, business, and entrepreneurial management, and got super stoked on and involved in Colorado politics. When she’s not working, Emily is bopping around various mountains and hiking trails, lurking at the farmers market, or cracking amazing/awful dad jokes.

Passions: Politics, Plants, Parks & Recreation  

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 6.57.22 PM

 

Emma Marion

Deputy Organizing Director
Emma (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Emma grew up in Boulder, CO playing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and hugging the occasional tree. She majored in International Studies and Spanish at CSU, where her itching travel bug led her to Spain for a year. She’s got a passion for grassroots organizing and fell in love with New Era as a Northern Organizer in 2014. She’s a real boss in the field and is fired up to get down and dirty as the Boulder Lead Organizer.

Passions: her dog, procrastibaking (baking as a form of procrastination), election access, politifact, Steve Inskeep, a fat stack of voter reg forms, the container store

 

 

Giulia Barnhisel

Boulder Organizer
Giulia (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Giulia is from Italy which explains the weird spelling of her name (it’s “Julia,” OKAY?), but she grew up mostly in Denver and developed a love for all things advocacy. After interning at New Era for a year, she joined the team post-graduation as a Denver Field Organizer in order to get young people turned out for WHAT? Voting, of course. 

Passions: social and economic justice, student debt, french fries 

 

 

Hector Arroyo

Delta Force Manager
Hector (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Hector escaped the corn and pigs of Iowa, a state known for deep frying everything at the Iowa State Fair. Hector graduated from Drake University, and has been involved in politics since 2012, with a personal focus on working with Latinx immigrants and youth. When Hector isn’t working, he is out hiking mountains and finding trails.

Passions: Film photography, fishing, taco trucks, exploring Colorado, Jake the Dog

 

 

Jacque Grimsley

Operations Manager
Jacque (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Jacque grew up in southern California, but pretty much considers herself a Coloradan by now. She is a former intern and studied political science and sociology at CU Boulder. She discovered a liking for finance and numbers at her first gig after college, and now she’s ready to combine the two as the Operations Manager at New Era! In her spare time, she can be found hanging with her cat (Kitty), forcing herself to run, and brunching. 

Passions: Paying too much for coffee, watching 30 Rock (over & over), and finding things to do outside

 

 

Jennifer Williams

Northern Lead Organizer
Jennifer (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Jennifer is a proud Larimer County native that studied Communications and Women’s Studies at Colorado State University. Over the past 4 years, Jennifer has been working on local, state and federal campaigns in Northern Colorado. Jennifer is excited to bring her knowledge of the area and enthusiasm to New Era.

Passions: Getting scrappy in the field, Colorado craft beer,  Red Rocks concerts, recruiting more young women to get involved in democracy, and hot sauce

 

 

Lizzy Stephan

Executive Director
Lizzy (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Lizzy started out simply as a distant superfan of New Era for longer than she’d admit, volunteering to knock doors and register voters from time to time while a student at Colorado College. She officially joined the team in 2012 as an organizer, and then moved quickly to Organizing Director to now Deputy Director. Lizzy is the mastermind behind taking our work to a new scale, while making what we do more strategic, data-driven, and systematized. She spends a good amount of her time buried in spreadsheets for New Era, managing our program staff, planning statewide voter mobilization efforts, and the rest of it struggling to keep a handful of cacti alive. Lizzy is originally from Warwick, a small town in the Hudson Valley of New York that has a lot of apple orchards.

Passions: Sociology, election access, iced Americanos and half-sour pickles

 

 

Molly Fitzpatrick

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 an intern for New Era while working on her Political Science degree at CU-Boulder. When she’s not busy pretending to be a vegetarian, you can find her trying to work through her never-ending Instapaper list, talking about women’s issues, or eating a cheeseburger.

Passions: Taboo, chocolate, and brewing Kombucha

 

 

Nawar Sattar

Denver Organizer
Nawar (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Nawar grew up in Bangladesh and spent his final two years of high school in India, where everyone insisted on changing the world. Inspired, he packed his bags and sailed for Colorado. Since completing his Bachelor’s in Political Science and Asian Studies at Colorado College, Nawar has been involved with grassroots organizing and joined the New Era Pre-reg team in March. He is excited to continue working with the best people on earth and hit up ALL the festivals in Denver.

Passions: Football (Soccer!), history, hanging out at Cheesman Park, beer, coffee

 

 

Nick Morales

Denver Organizer
Nick (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Nick was born and raised in sunny Seattle, WA, where he got involved in political advocacy as a teenager.  In 2011 He emigrated from the land of ocean and evergreens to attend Colorado College where he majored in studio art.  After graduating in 2015 and spending the summer in Seattle, Nick uprooted to Denver where he volunteered with New Era Colorado, going on to help work on their Fall Voter Registration Drive.  When he’s not registering voters, you can usually find him biking through the park or drawing strangers at cafes.

Passions: Fountain pens, whey protein, backpacking, bar trivia, Wikipedia, community outreach

 

 

Sally Anderson

Development Coordinator
Sally (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Originally from North Carolina, Sally came across New Era when she made her way out west to study International Affairs and Community Studies at CU-Boulder. She’s been inspired by New Era ever since, and is looking forward to turning that passion into serious dollars as the Development Coordinator. When she’s not raising the Benjamins for New Era, you can find Sally hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado and eating pizza.

Passions: Amplifying the youth voice, fried foods, educational equity, and Beyonce

 


Steve Fenberg

Strategic Advisor
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)

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 10.28.17 AM

 

Taylor Holden

Development Director
Taylor (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Taylor is a Texas Hill Country native who studied Political Science at St. Edward’s University in Austin. During and after college, she put thousands of miles on her car while running field operations across 17 counties, then spent the next several years running a major county operation that focused on empowerment campaigning, voter education and turnout, election protection, and fundraising. She’s here at New Era to raise some serious dolla dolla bills, y’all, and she’s so excited to call Denver home.

Passions: Missy Elliott, Scrabble, dancing with abandon, making democracy accessible, and whiskey

 

 

Taylor Smith

Western Slope Organizer
TaylorSmith (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Taylor was born in California but after a move to Texas about 7 years ago, she finally found her home in the lonestar state. After finishing her classes at Texas A&M University, with a degree in Political Science, she’s decided to make the long trek out to Colorado to be a member of our team during this vital election cycle. She first got acquainted with New Era in 2014 through the Democracy Fellowship Program, where she says she fell in love with the organization. While with New Era she hopes to emphasize the importance of civic engagement, political involvement, and voting in the lives of youth.

Passions: People watching at airports, pugs, potatoes, political involvement and expansion, and trying to be Leslie Knope

 

 

William Truesdell

Boulder Program Manager
William (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

After interning for New Era in 2013 for the No on 310 Campaign, William knew the organization would have trouble shaking him. It’s impossible to count with two hands how many times he’s volunteered, interned, and been on staff at New Era, so be careful – he might try to tell you a story or two. William grew up in the mountains of Colorado and got his undergraduate degree at CU-Boulder. He’s undefeated on the campaign trail, and the next time you meet him, you can ask him why the heck he worked so hard to legalize Airbnb.

Passions: power washing decks, eating apple-cider covered almonds, and showing Steve Fenberg how to catch fish

 

 

Zoe Bluffstone

Field Organizer
Zoe (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Zoe grew up in the beautiful, hipster homeland of Portland, Oregon and graduated from Oberlin College in 2016 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Politics and Policy. When not putting in 116% of her energy into fighting for youth representation in democracy, she can be found singing, hiking, camping, playing the uke, or chasing down a round piece of plastic from the sky.

Passions: Ultimate Frisbee, acapella, climate and social justice, fresh orange juice, the Pacific Northwest coast, scrambling up rocks, and nice pens.