Staff + Board

Staff
Civic Engagement Program Manager Aly smiles in front of roses and a brick building

Aly Belknap (she/her)

Field Director
Alainna@NewEraColorado.org

Aly is a firm believer in the power of organizing. She traces her passion for organizing back to her high school days in Rochester, NY, working on issues like anti-bullying eradicating disposable foam lunch trays. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2019, and immediately set her sights on Colorado as a haven for youth power, where young people are driving forward a shared vision for a just, equitable future. When she’s not organizing, you can find her binging “The Office” for the thousandth time, improving her cooking skills (while refusing to improve her baking skills) and skateboarding around Denver.

Ali DeLambo (she/her)

Operations Coordinator
AliDeLambo@NewEraColorado.org

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Ali found her passion for social justice in high school. She then moved to Washington, D.C. to attend American University, where she graduated with degrees in International Affairs and French Studies.

Ali previously worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Park Service, and the U.S. House of Representatives due to her passions for economic development, environmental conservation, and legislative affairs. While working in sustainability consulting, she attended King’s College London for her MA in the War Studies Department where she researched youth engagement in Arab Spring rebellions and misogyny present in jihadism and white nationalist groups. When she isn’t ranting about international youth civic engagement and her distaste for capitalism, you can find her outside looking for rocks or in the kitchen convincing her friends that tahini is the best condiment.

Arianna Morales (she/her)

Policy Manager
Arianna@NewEraColorado.org

As a devout believer in astrology, Arianna attributes all of her success to being born at 4:23 PM in Ventura County on a beautiful January day. In truth, her success is a combination of her passion to give back to her community and a deep commitment to make her Mama proud. While attending Metropolitan State University, she joined the 2018 Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) fellowship and researched the impacts of health and education policies on Latinx lives in Colorado. After graduating magna cum laude as a first generation student with a degree in Chicano Studies, she joined New Era Colorado in 2019.

When she first joined the team, Arianna supported the leadership development of abortion advocates into activists in the reproductive freedom movement through The Brazen Project. Now as policy manager, she supports organizers on the ground by holding leaders accountable to the Youth Agenda and drives New Era’s issue campaigns and legislative work with the policy team. Outside of work, she spends her time reluctantly going on walks with her girlfriend and giving her cat the silent treatment.

Camila Navarrette

Camila Navarrette (she/ella)

Communications Director
Camila@NewEraColorado.org

Born and raised in mid-city Los Angeles, Camila came to Colorado in 2013 to attend the University of Denver. Many jobs — including a preschool teacher, food writer, and communications roles — later, she became New Era Colorado’s communications director in 2022. With experience in conservation, fiscal reform, health equity, and local political spaces, Camila brings a multidimensional perspective to progressive communications and advocacy.

Influenced by her Mexican-American family’s commitment to creating change and connecting through food, you can often find her making a mess in the kitchen, reading, ranting, and dreaming of days at the beach or nights in the Sonoran desert.

Chandler Herbst

Chandler Herbst (she/they)

Youth Agenda Organizer
ChandlerHerbst@NewEraColorado.org

Empathy and determinations are deeply engrained in Chandler. Over the years, she’s grown these skills into a passion for driving change through the education and empowerment of young people. Her career started while pursuing a degree in art education degree at the University of Northern Colorado (Go Bears!). After teaching and finishing a master’s in mental health, she realized that the issues we face are systemic; this led her to become a youth agenda organizer at New Era.

In her downtime, she loves creating and exploring new art mediums, hiking trails across Colorado, and being a supportive mom to her fur babies, Oggie and Smudge. Chandler is a firm believer that everyone has the capability to grow and hopes to help people unlock that desire to change the world together.

Dylan Robb

Dylan Robb (he/him)

Data Manager
Dylan@NewEraColorado.org

Dylan is a proud Coloradan and enjoys everything that the state offers. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas, Dylan jumped into the world of environmental activism. He ran a grassroots organizing operation which spanned the southwest for The Public Interest Network, working on issues ranging from plastic pollution to electric vehicles. The role taught him about the importance of using data to inform political activism and inspired him to participate in a Data Analysis certification program at the University of Denver. At New Era Colorado, Dylan manages our campaign data systems and works to improve how the organization uses data. Outside of work, you can find him snowboarding the slopes in the winter and hiking trails all over the state in the summer.

Elsa Gartenmann

Youth Agenda Organizing Fellow
ElsaGartenmann@NewEraColorado.org

When asked the question, “Where are you from?”, Elsa does not always know how to answer. Born in Fullerton, CA, she moved every other year growing up and lived in five states and five countries (so far). Living within a diverse array of cultures, Elsa met hundreds of different people throughout her upbringing and learned from an early age about how various factors shape people’s lives — as well as how they are treated. As a woman of color, she often experiences the contrast between living in one’s country of origin and places in which people of her descent and of color were scarce. Elsa attributes these experiences to the way that she looks at the world now: a progressive lens to create equity.

Majoring in international affairs and political science with a minor in Korean, she hopes to make a difference in the world moving forward. In her free time, Elsa loves to write songs, listen to Tyler, the Creator and Anderson .Paak, and try her hand at making different Korean dishes!

Evaristo Gomez Jr. (he/him)

Youth Agenda Organizer
EvaristoGomez@neweracolorado.org

Evaristo Gomez is a local to the greater Denver area and has witnessed rapid change throughout the city over the last 20 years. A graduate of CU Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism, he believes it’s vital to combine the arts of storytelling and activism to drive societal change.

He found his passion for politics late in his high school career and found a knack for storytelling even later. Evaristo charges into the field with compassion and empathy that helps New Era inform the public about the crises today’s youth will experience and create sustainable solutions.

Gracia Seeley

Gracia Seeley (she/her)

Western Regional Field Manager
GraciaSeeley@NewEraColorado.org

Though Gracia was born in Minnesota, her earliest childhood memories were the Colorado mountains. When it was time to choose a college, one in Colorado was the obvious choice. While attending Colorado College studying political science and environmental studies, a class on public policymaking illuminated the cracks in our democracy that foster inequity. After deciding to take some time off, she got a job as a youth vote organizer with New Era and moved to Durango on a whim — falling in love with grassroots organizing, the Western Slope, and New Era Colorado along the way.

Two years later, she’s back as the Western regional field manager in Durango and is happily embedding herself in local issues. When she’s not working, she loves to explore Durango and the surrounding areas, cook delicious food, and spontaneously jump into the Animas River.

Hannah Robinson-Armour (she/her)

Operations Director
Hannah@NewEraColorado.org

Hannah considers herself a Coloradan since she moved to Boulder from the UK at six years old. She received her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in history and chemistry (in 3 years because she’s just that organized) then explored the world. After living in China for a year, she came back to Colorado, discovered a love of operations and completed her MBA at CU Denver. At the office, she manages New Era’s finances so we can optimize transforming our resources into on the ground work, answers all the compliance questions the staff can throw at her so we’re always on point, and makes sure we support and value the truly amazing people who work at this organization. She loves working at New Era so she can combine her love of progressive politics, spreadsheets, and overall operations. When not working, she’s chasing after her toddler, baby, and dog.

Hayley Marks (she/her)

Youth Agenda Organizer
HayleyMarks@NewEraColorado.org

Hayley was born in Oklahoma then grew up in Florida and Georgia. She started volunteering with Georgia organizations ahead of the 2020 election and realized she wanted a career focused on engaging young voters. She found New Era Colorado while looking to change careers in 2021, which inspired her to make the move to Denver to volunteer with the organization. She joined the staff in July 2022 as an organizer.

When Hayley isn’t organizing, she is probably spending time with her dog, Teddy, or working concerts and sporting events. She enjoys meeting new people and remains amazed by the change that people want to create in the world.

Isabelle Rayburn

Isabelle Rayburn (she/her)

Digital Organizer
IsabelleRayburn@NewEraColorado.org

Isabelle was born in California but considers herself Colorado-raised. Raised by a single mother and attending under-funded schools, she quickly realized the impact of the injustices that people of color face daily. As a first-generation college graduate, she further developed her voice and expressed a passion for social justice as a journalist. Isabelle remains dedicated to serving her community by using her voice to elevate issues — often uplifting a voice that was unheard. Isabelle is driven by equity and brings her perspective by centering the impacts felt by and achievements of communities of color in her work. She is someone who amplifies injustices so that we can battle them and that more people can feel seen, heard, and taken care of.

Isabelle is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, an organization of college-educated women committed to the constructive development of its members with a primary focus on the Black community. During her free time, you can find Isabelle crocheting cute clothes while watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

Isaiah Gonsalves

Youth Agenda Organizer
IsaiahGonsalves@NewEraColorado.org

Isaiah was born in upstate New York to a Puerto Rican mother and a Cape Verdean father. Growing up in a predominately white neighborhood and as the son of an African immigrant, he viewed life through a different lens than most of his peers. He witnessed racism and discrimination first hand. This pushed him to want to make a difference and study the lives of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. His empathy continues to drive him to seek out and learn about all marginalized groups, constantly trying to find a plausible way to help. This drive ultimately leading him to New Era. During his free time, you can find him drawing, making music, or kickboxing.

Kadidiatou Mampoya

Kadidiatou Mampoya (she/her)

Youth Agenda Organizer
KadiMampoya@NewEraColorado.org

Born and raised in the city of Denver, Kadidiatou’s (Kadi’s) positive and negative experiences in Colorado drive her passion for advocacy — plus, coming from an immigrant household tends to bring out the fire in a young girl growing up in our society!

Currently a political science student on the pre-law track at CU Denver, Kadi thrives when she discovers new ways to build a safer community. Her commitment to New Era Colorado stems from her experiences as a child of immigrants and the struggles her family faced while adapting to the U.S. While she knows that the world will continue to evolve, she firmly wants to be a part of that change. Since she was a kid, Kadi has loved connecting with people and always voices her opinion on rights that we as humans should all have, regardless of identity.

Kailey-Seiaj

Kailey Seiaj (she/her)

Youth Agenda Organizing Fellow
KaileySieja@neweracolorado.org

Born and raised in Denver, Kailey found her passion for organizing as early as middle school through inclusion in the LGBTQ+ space. Kailey later continued her organizing work with Colorado voting rights organizations throughout high school. A proud Coloradan, Kailey is enthusiastic about the advancements Colorado has made in creating a robust civic engagement system and hopes to be apart of future progress. As a current student at CU Boulder, Kailey is excited to engage with the Boulder community on the young people’s priorities and get out the vote! In her free time, Kailey loves studying maps, building Legos, and hanging out with her two dogs.

Kate Kelly (she/they)

Regional Field Manager - Northern
Kate@NewEraColorado.org

As a strong supporter of the power of people and communities, Kate is driven to invest herself in the work necessary for social change. Graduating from CU Boulder in 2021, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and women & gender studies, she is very thankful for the opportunities she’s had and the relationships she built along the way. With previous experience in student groups and nonprofits, Kate found her passion for advocacy and organizing with people and community members. She gives credit to those environments she got to be a part of as a large motivator for her passions today.

Morgan Royal (she/her)

Deputy Director
Morgan@NewEraColorado.org

Morgan was born and raised in Colorado, comes from a big family, and believes that people-powered organizing is the path to liberation. She went to Colorado State University and studied Political Science and Women and Gender Studies and went on to write a Black Feminist Manifesto with her peers to call out the lack of institutionally supported spaces on college campuses for Black Women. Morgan first got involved with New Era as a volunteer in 2014 and then went on to join the organization full time as the Denver Organizing Manager and then Senior Organizing Manager. Currently, as Campaigns Director, she leads our issue organizing campaigns at the ballot box and at the legislature, organizes voter mobilization campaigns, and turns our plans for social change into reality. Since 2017, she has trained dozens of young leaders, coordinated and overseen massive voter registration and GOTV efforts and has brought our economic justice and student debt work to new heights by launching powerful new initiatives. When Morgan’s not at work she enjoys watching reality tv, eating anything with cheese on it, and playing with her cat.

Natalie Drevets (she/her)

Development Director
Natalie@NewEraColorado.org

Natalie grew up in Wichita and Taipei and spent six years in Chicagoland. After earning a degree in sociology and urban studies from Wheaton College, she stuck around in Illinois to manage their development and student philanthropy programs before coming to Colorado.

As Development Director, Natalie has taken New Era’s fundraising to new heights, building lasting connections throughout Colorado and advocating for the power of youth-driven democracy. 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.

Nicole Hensel (she/her)

Executive Director
Nicole@NewEraColorado.org

For as long as she can remember, Nicole has been driven to create a more just and fair world (she’s a quintessential Cancer). After spending over a decade in the education field, she found that many of the problems she was seeking to solve in education were symptoms of larger socioeconomic issues that could best be solved through democracy. Nicole decided to bring her expertise in youth empowerment and deep commitment to social justice to New Era in 2019 as our Executive Director.

Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree in public policy and Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Tar Heels! Duke fans beware) and also received her Master’s in public policy and Master’s in education leadership at Stanford University in 2017.

Nicole likes to geek out over social psychology, political philosophy, and systems-change research. She strongly identifies as a Gryffindor, has a dog named Tonks, and owns a staple Hermione costume for whenever the moment is right. She is happiest when she is making Lebanese food (ask for her family hummus recipe) and adventuring outdoors with her husband and son.

Raegan Cotton (she/her)

Development Manager
Raegan@NewEraColorado.org

Raegan was born and raised in Redondo Beach, CA, but  felt a calling to buy her first winter jacket and moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver (DU). After eight years in Denver, her family still calls every time it snows to be sure she is “okay” (she usually isn’t).

She first crossed paths with New Era Colorado as an intern during the summer of 2017 and fell in love with the organization’s approach to creating systemic change. While wrapping up her senior year at DU, she worked as a legislative aide at the Capitol and learned how a bill becomes a law — and it’s a lot more complicated than the song implies. After graduating, she spent time working with a New Era partner organization before winding up back at New Era to step in as the Development Manager.

When not at work, you can probably find her walking her dog, watching “The Office”for the 75+ time, or tending to her garden and many house plants.

Tash Berwick

Tash Berwick (she/her)

Political Director
natasha@neweracolorado.org

Tash believes that truly anti-racist policies are grounded in people’s needs. Her work as the political director is deeply rooted in coalition building, collaboration, and listening. A lot of the time that means getting out of the office and talking to people! Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing our issue campaigns and accountability work — including New Era’s legislative session program, issue campaigns, and c4 electoral targeting.

Backed by a degree in history from CU-Boulder and a master’s in public policy from the University of Denver, Tash came to New Era from Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca’s office. In her previous roles, she she’s worked on environmental justice, criminal justice, fiscal, and regulatory policies. 

Tash is re-learning what it means to have spare time after finishing graduate school and is most exited to catch up on living. 

Trish Hyde

Trish Hyde (she/her)

Denver Regional Field Manager
Trish@NewEraColorado.org

Born and raised in Boulder (go Knights!),Trish has had a passion for reproductive rights since high school. While completing her bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University in international business, Trish was active in student organizing around reproductive rights and voter registration. She is particularly proud of her involvement in the passage of California Senate Bill 24, which will ensure all California public university students have access to abortion pills in their campus medical centers.

Trish is currently working on her master’s in American political history at CU Denver. She is a passionate believer in the power of radical imagination and community. When she’s not reading for school, she enjoys cooking, reading (not for school), running, and taking pictures of her cats.

Board

Alvina Vasquez

President, PowerMap Ltd.

Amanda Gonzalez

CEO, PBT Management, Inc.; Executive Director of Common Cause

Carmen Medrano

Executive Director, United for a New Economy

Feven Netsanet, Chair

Super Mom

Joanne Schwartz

Advocacy Consultant

Leah Pryor-Lease, Vice Chair

Program Director of the Proteus Fund

PJ Hoberman, Treasurer

Senior Software Engineer at Pocket Outdoor Media