Who Runs the Show

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

Anna Wood

Regional Organizing Manager
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.

Brittany Bennett

Development Manager
Brittany (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Leveraging her degree Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering Science from Smith College and 6 years of nonprofit leadership and development experience, Brittany works as New Era’s Development Manager. She has a strong interest in solving complex social and civic challenges using both fundraising and data analytics (and often a blend of the two!). In between advocating for transportation equity and environmental justice, Brittany immerses herself in the YouTube Lets Play video game subculture.

Passions: Compassionate communication, climate justice, sustainability

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

Organizing Director
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

Gabrielle Healy

Economic Justice Organizer
Gabrielle (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Gabrielle loves canvassing! Talking to individuals and engaging them in democracy is her jam.

Passions: Art, Museums, Vegan Baking, and Plants

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Haley Ratcliff

Lead Economic Justice Organizer
Haley (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Haley grew up in the Mountains and never plans on leaving. They recently graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. They started working for campaigns in 2016 and are fired up and ready to go. When they aren’t working towards social equity, they enjoy long hikes (in the Mountains of course) and singing along to their favorite musical “Hamilton.” And with that, they end with this, “I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.”

Hannah Robinson-Armour

Operations Manager
Hannah (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Hannah considers herself a Coloradan 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.

Lana Morgan

Economic Justice Organizer
Lana (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Born and raised in the suburbs outside Seattle, Lana moved to Colorado and immediately fell in love. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder with a dual degree in history and political science with a minor in leadership studies. Aiming to be an embodiment of “you gotta walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk”, Lana previously interned for different campaigns and elected leaders in the Colorado community. Now with New Era, she’s excited to help the young people of Northern Colorado get involved in politics.

Passions: Running, rugby, crime television shows, Twitter, voter participation

Lauren Smith

Advocacy Organizer
Lauren (at) neweracolorado (dot) org

Lauren was born in Texas but has lived in Colorado for most of her life. She started out as an intern at New Era in 2017 and immediately got hooked. Since then she has volunteered and organized for the 2018 election before joining the advocacy team. When Lauren isn’t fighting for reproductive justice she’s likely exploring Denver or singing with her a cappella group.

Passions: Intersectional feminism, environmental justice, tacos, live music


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

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

Senior 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

Natalie Drevets
Development Director
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
Civic Engagement Coordinator
Teelin (at) NewEraColorado (dot) org

Despite having never skied or snowboarded, Teelin is a Colorado local 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