Who Runs the Show

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

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


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


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

Kendra Sheldon 

Quality Control Manager

Kendra was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, but claims Gunnison as her true home. This city-girl gone mountain-girl got involved with New Era during the 2016 election as a dedicated organizer, and has stuck around in some capacity ever since. Recently she was on the pre-registration team and LOVED working to get High School Students fired up about democracy. Now she will be joining the team as the Quality Control Manager and is so excited to learn even more about NEC and help support the team. Her background is actually in the communicative arts; film, theatre, and photography. She desires to connect people to those universal, human truths, and finds engagement with youth in democracy to be a sure fire way to make intentional, grassroots change.  

Passions: Running, curry, the moon, blue grass, animal welfare, Parks and Rec.