Our community grows and thrives when all people have the opportunity to participate in democracy and have their voices heard as policy is crafted. Structural inequalities and the disproportionate influence of some in power has led many individuals to see government as a broken system not there to represent them. By supporting progressive policy development and providing democracy education and civic empowerment programs to organizations and communities, I want to help residents of Colorado seize equal access to the halls of democratic policy-making and institutions of justice for themselves and the next generation.
Policy Research, Development, & Advocacy
Policy development for state, county, and municipal level reforms especially in the areas of money in politics, elections, ethics, open government, and public records.
Policy research identifying best practices from comparable jurisdictions.
Analysis reports following the political or lobbying money to support or oppose policy positions of elected and appointed officials.
Coalition building and joint advocacy leadership and coordination of stakeholder working groups for policy development.
Advocacy for progressive policies in state & local legislative and regulatory venues.
Democracy Education & Civic Empowerment
Workshops and personalized training programs (for groups of 2 to 200): * Understanding the legislative process and advocacy opportunities; * Navigating public records of political campaign or lobbying spending on legislation, ballot issues, and candidates; * Accessing public documents and participating in government meetings under Colorado’s Sunshine Laws; * Legal systemsand the impact of court decisions on communities.