Co-Founder & CEO
Veronica Crespin-Palmer is the Co-Founder & CEO of RISE Colorado. She has over fifteen years of experience as a teacher, teacher coach, organizer, and social entrepreneur. Veronica is a 7th generation Colorado native who was born and raised in Denver. She was educated in Denver Public Schools and went on to become the first Latina Student Body President at the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with honors and a degree in Political Science in 2005. Veronica was a 2006 Teach For America (TFA) Los Angeles corps member and taught 3rd grade in Lynwood Unified School District, serving as grade level chair her second year. In 2008, she graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University with a Master’s in Education. That same year Veronica became a founding teacher at KIPP Raíces Academy in East Los Angeles where she taught Kindergarten and founded the Parent Advisory Council.
In 2010, Veronica joined Teach For America’s staff in Los Angeles as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, supporting elementary and middle school corps members. While on staff, Veronica was appointed to the national TFA Latino Advisory Council and participated in Leadership for Educational Equity’s (LEE) Political Leaders Fellowship. She has completed the LEE New Venture Fellowship, Urban Leaders Fellowship, Pahara NextGen Fellowship, the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, Latino Leadership Institute at DU, and the New Profit Proximity Accelerator. Veronica was named an Inaugural Obama Fellow and a 2019 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow. Veronica and her husband, Leotis, have two children, Trey and Avianna. In addition to her family, Veronica loves dancing and traveling.