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.”

School Partner Specialist

“I RISE because I want to help families know their power and worth, so they can dismantle the Opportunity Gap.”

School Partner Specialist & Director of Data

“I RISE because all children deserve an excellent education and I believe transformative family engagement has the power to close the opportunity gap.”

Program Coordinator

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

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 it is very important for parents to be active in their children’s education. We need to educate families to be active and empowered so that their children are successful at school.​”

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 believe in the power and passion that families and students have in achieving equity in education.”

RISE Colorado Board of Directors

Co-founder HadaNõu Collective

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

Postsecondary & Workforce Readiness Coordinator, Aurora Public Schools

“I RISE because families and students deserve the opportunity to equitable and meaningful education so they can all be successful.​”

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.”

Sr. Corporate Counsel, DaVita Inc.

“I RISE for a better educational experience for our children and their families.”

Senior Recreational Specialist, City of Aurora

“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.​”

Career and Benefits Coordinator, Community Re-Entry Project

“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.”

Director, Research and Impact, The Colorado Legacy Foundation

“I RISE because families are a key lever in ensuring that all students have access to equitable opportunities that enable them to thrive both in school and beyond.​”

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

Latinos for Education
Managing Partner
NewSchools Venture Fund

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