Who We Are

Meet the RISE Colorado Team

Strength in Diversity

At RISE Colorado, we work in Aurora, the most diverse city and school district in the state. We believe it is critically important that our team is diverse and reflective of our community. RISE was founded by women of color and is proud to have a board and staff made up primarily of people of color. The makeup of our team exemplifies our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The RISE team is not only ethnically diverse, but also diverse in age, gender, and languages we speak: English, Spanish, Burmese, and Karen. We offer programming in community members’ native languages to ensure that families most impacted have the opportunity to lead the movement for educational equity.

RISE Colorado Team

Co-Founder and CEO

“I RISE because families are the sleeping giant. Once they are awakened to the inequities that exist there is nothing they won’t do to ensure their children receive the excellent education they deserve.”

Director of Racial Equity & Inclusion

“I RISE because I exist.”

School-Partner Specialist

“I RISE to be a part of the true movement toward educational equity. ALL of Aurora’s families deserve opportunities to thrive in schools that support the whole child. ALL of our voices matter.”

Director of Community Organizing

“I RISE because Aurora is home of culturally and linguistically diverse families from around the world. Many of them came to America pursuing the American Dream and an excellent education is the key that will open the doors to the wonderful opportunities they are looking for.”

Program Coordinator

“I RISE because education has the power to positively impact all other areas of development.”

Office Manager

“I RISE because I believe that when one gains knowledge it is a duty for that knowledge to be accessible and passed along to all. Education is a lifelong, guaranteed investment that every individual has a right to receive.”

Community Organizer

“I RISE because I believe that quality education is a human right that everyone, regardless of their identities or circumstances, deserves.”

Community Organizer

“I RISE because education is the greatest equalizer regardless of race, sex, economic status, and sexual orientation; but barriers have been set up to prevent that.”

Community Organizer

“I RISE because I am committed to educational equity, I plan to plant the seeds of beauty and love into our youth before the soil of their brains are ruined by the world!”

Community Organizer

“I RISE because all refugee families should have access to equitable learning opportunities regardless of their cultural background. I strongly believe that an excellent education will help them accomplish their hopes and dreams for their future.”

Community Organizer

“I RISE because I believe in the power and passion that families and students have in achieving equity in education.”

RISE Colorado Board of Directors

Executive Director, Empower Community High School

“I RISE because conscious and empowered families are unstoppable.”

Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, Teach For America

“I RISE because every child deserves an education that sets her up to create and shape the future for herself and for all of us. Our students and families are central in shaping the agenda for systemic transformation.”

Founder and Owner, Castañeda Law

“I RISE because I believe that no matter where you came from or how you got here, education is always the great equalizer.”

Project Manager for Community Engagement for Northwest Aurora and Montbello, Stapleton Foundation

“I RISE to empower every parent to be active in their child’s education to ensure their children get the best education and opportunity to succeed.​”

Director of Employment and Community Engagement, Work Options for Women

“I RISE because working for justice is my passion and calling. It’s a way of life to be in communion with and work for the people.​”

Community Member

“I RISE to support families leading change to achieve a just, equitable education system that gives every kid the chance to reach his/her full potential.”

Executive Director of Education, Public Education & Business Coalition

“I RISE to ENGAGE students, CHAMPION teachers and EMPOWER families to cultivate strong communities, strong schools and strong futures.”

RISE Colorado Advisory Council

CEO
Latinos for Education
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund

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