Who Runs the Show

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


Amira Perryman

Advocacy Manager
Amira (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Amira was born and raised in Atlanta, GA on a diet of social justice and southern hospitality. After graduating from USC (Southern California, not South Carolina), she organized in communities from South LA to Detroit, with a personal focus of making the world a better place. She’s joining New Era to prove to all of her friends that Colorado isn’t a flyover state. When Amira’s not working, she’s exploring the mountains of Colorado or reading.

Passions: coffee, cooking, Hip-Hop, ending mass incarceration

 

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

 

Jacque Grimsley

Operations Director
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 Director 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

 

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

 

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

 

Sally Anderson

Development Manager
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 Manager. 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