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

Program Director
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 Associate
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, 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

Denver Organizing 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

Alexis Crews

African American Outreach Organizer
Alexis (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Alexis grew up in the fabulous New York City and in 2012 graduated from Spelman College, the historically black college made famous in the tv show A Different World. The West Wing made her fall in love with politics and last year she moved to Colorado to work in Denver on the 2012 Presidential Campaign. Alexis is excited to be back in Colorado and can’t wait to get her feet wet in local politics.

Passions: House of Cards, Bikram Yoga, Dan Brown, wine tastings, Foreign Policy Magazine, not studying Mandarin


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.