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.”

Chief Strategy Officer

“I RISE because all students and families do not have access to an excellent education, yet. I RISE to PREPARE students, CHAMPION educators and EMPOWER families to cultivate stronger communities, excellent schools and brilliant futures.”

Chief of Community Engagement

“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.”

Communications and Development Manager

“I RISE because our education system reflects the entrenched racial, social, and classist biases in American society. To address the broad issues facing us as a nation, we must start by supporting our students and families at the community level.”

Community Organizer

“I RISE to awaken families who are impacted of the right to receive systematic public education leading the movement of educational equity for which they’re experiencing for.”

RISE Colorado Board of Directors

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.”

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, Empower Community High School

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

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.​”

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.​”

RISE Colorado Advisory Council

Latinos for Education
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund
Chief Program Officer for the National Institute for Reproductive Health

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