Who Runs the Show

A small group of committed individuals who eat, sleep, and drink the New Era…

Adrian Nava

Civic Engagement Program Manager
Adrian (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Adrian was born and raised in Colorado and loves exploring the beautiful nature the state has to offer. He first learned about New Era while studying at the University of Denver (DU) where he studied International Studies and Sociology. Adrian is passionate about making sure young people have equitable access to participating in our democracy — and in his free time enjoys hiking, dancing, and painting.

Passions: comprehensive immigration reform, international travel, hot wings, LGBT equity.

Ainsley Tucker

Development Director
Ainsley (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Ainsley grew up in Colorado, but also calls Boston home after spending six years learning the correct usage of the term ‘wicked.’ She has degrees from Carleton College and Harvard in religion and ecology, after which she worked in fundraising for Harvard Divinity School. Always down for a deep conversation about being alive on planet earth, you can also find her running, reading, or playing flute.

Passions: complex board games, long distance running, tea and toast, learning, making real change possible

Anna Wood

Boulder Organizer
Anna (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Anna considers herself a Coloradan, although she spent most of her childhood growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of CU Boulder with a dual degree in history and anthropology, as well as a leadership studies minor. She fell for New Era when she was an intern in the summer of 2016, and we haven’t been able to get rid of her since! When she’s not asking people if they are registered to vote at their current address, Anna is probably drinking wine with her roommate, playing ultimate frisbee, binging Netflix, or dreaming about her next hostel-hopping backpacking trip halfway across the world.

Passions: Learning from her community, promoting election access, snuggling her cats, and sipping Earl Grey tea.

Charley Olena

Advocacy Director
Charley (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Charley was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, which instilled in her a deep love for losing sports teams and chicken wings.  After graduating from Colby College, Charley spent the next four years training organizers to run and win environmental campaigns with Green Corps and its partner organizations.  She’s joining the New Era team to dig in on issue work around climate change, economic justice, election access and abortion rights.  When she’s not working to engage young people in New Era’s issue work, you can find Charley at the Denver Curling Club or brunch.

Passions: stopping climate change, The Buffalo Bills, curling, cheeses, bloody marys

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Emma Marion

Boulder Program Manager
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 Program 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

Hannah Robinson-Armour

Operations Manager
Hannah (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Hannah considers herself a Colorado native having moved to Boulder when she was six.  She graduated from CU Boulder with a degree in history and chemistry then went out to explore the world.  After living in China for a year, she was drawn back to Colorado and discovered a love of operations and is currently pursuing an MBA so she can be even better at getting things done. She loves working at New Era so she can combine her love of progressive politics and operations. When not working, she’s studying, reading, cooking, and eating.

Passions: project management, traveling, feminism, books, and big words.  Also food.

Kane Klipka

Data Manager
Kane (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Kane is a self-professed librarian nerd from the burbs of Denver. Previous to their tenure as Data Manager here, Kane earned a B.A. in psych from Seattle Pacific University and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver. They have spent a majority of their professional time working with youth and are continually blown away by the creativity and vision of young folks.

Passions: traveling, cooking, reading, dancing, lovin’ on Denver


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, moving on to serve as New Era’s Organizing Director, and then Deputy Director before stepping into the Executive Director role. 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


Megan Gillespie

Development Manager
Megan (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Megan hails from the city of Chicaaago and still searching for Denver’s best deep dish pizza. She moved out west to get her sociology degree from Colorado College and then north up I25 for the “big city” feel. Megan is joining New Era’s development team to ensure election access for young people is funded for years to come. When she isn’t working with local businesses or donors, you can find her commuting by bike, listening to a good podcast, or plotting her next vegetarian meal.

Passions: mango habanero salsa, contextual thinking, trying new “Colorado” activities, and supporting women

Michael Carter

Communications Manager
Michael (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Michael is a proud Virginian (at-large) who grew up in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He studied English and Environmental Policy at UVA before Colorado pulled him away to begin advocating for stronger national environmental protections. This work plugged him into the wonderful world of progressive politics, leading him down a rabbit hole that landed him at New Era. When not working to move Colorado forward, he writes, reads, hikes, and sleeps.

Passions: backpacking, short stories, conservation, pixar movies, 90s rap, foxhounds

Morgan Royal

Denver Organizing Manager
Morgan (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Morgan was born and raised in Colorado, loves reading, eating mac and cheese, and discussing the latest political headlines. She started volunteering with New Era in 2014 while studying Political Science and Women’s Studies at CSU. She enjoys working to dismantle systems of power and oppression by striving to make our democracy more equitable.

Passions: Multiracial Feminism, pizza, reality TV, and going to bed early

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

Natalie Drevets
Development Manager
Natalie (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Natalie is a recent Denver transplant—she grew up in Wichita and Taipei, and spent the last six years in Chicagoland. After earning a degree in sociology and urban studies from Wheaton College, she stuck around to manage their development and student philanthropy programs. When she’s not asking people to give money to New Era, you can find Natalie meeting future friends (no one is a stranger), exploring new cities, or texting her friends about their local elections.

Passions: social theory, finding dirt cheap flights, sitcoms, and beating people at Munchkin.

Teelin Lucero
Denver Organizer
Teelin (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Despite having never skied or snowboarded, Teelin is a Colorado native who did most of her growing into adulthood in Colorado Springs. An eminently practical woman, Teelin chose to study philosophy at Colorado College which set her on a winding career path after graduation. So far, this path has included nonprofit work, involvement in local politics, teaching in Colombia, and has finally led to New Era! When not organizing, Teelin enjoys playing outside, being unnecessarily academic, and spending quality time with NPR.

Passions: Gardening and urban design, Martin Heidegger and decolonial philosophy, Colorado beer, the Vikings, and big words

Victoria Dadet
Advocacy Manager
Victoria (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Victoria was born in southern California but, after moving around a bunch, her family settled in the northwest suburbs outside of Chicago. After she completed her internship with New Era during the summer of 2016, she worked as an Organizing Fellow in the fall of 2016. Before joining the team in 2018 as the Advocacy Manager, she graduated from CU Boulder with a double major in Psychology and Ethnic Studies. When she isn’t working, she’s either catching up on her favorite TV shows or lounging in the sun (weather permitting).

Passions: Beyoncé, analyzing pop culture, Black Lives Matter, intersectional feminism