Miriam first joined CPC as a volunteer in 2005, researching Health Policy, and canvassing on the weekends on just about any issue. She later joined staff as the grassroots fundraising coordinator and grew into the Development Director position. In December 2010, Miriam became the Co-Executive Director. A 2007 graduate of the University of Denver, she studied Public Policy and Communications. Miriam was born in Cd. Juarez, Mexico, coming to the U.S. when she was 6 months old. A graduate of Denver’s West H.S., Miriam is passionate about immigrant rights and has been a part of many immigrant justice efforts, including serving as a board member of local immigrant rights organizations, Rights for all People, and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. She now serves on the board of our national affiliate organization, Alliance for a Just Society and co-hosts a weekly talk show, “Weekend Wisdom”, on AM 760 Progressive Talk.
Civic Engagement Program
Shannon started as intern with CPC in 2007, focusing on voter registration with the Denver hip hop band, the Flobots. Since then she has worked on a number of legislative campaigns and ballot initiatives on issues such as pay day lending reform, racial profiling, immigration, paid sick days and protecting equal opportunity and a woman's right to choose. For two years Shannon was the Organizing Director at One Colorado where she organized the LGBTQ community to advocate for policy changes at the state level. Shannon identifies as a queer feminist who first became active in social justice work by getting involved in the movement to end violence against women. She is forever learning how to be a better organizer, ally and guitar player.
Jenny started working at CPC as an intern in the Racial Justice Program in 2010, helping to pass legislation against racial profiling. After doing grassroots organizing for Denver's rape crisis center, she began her position as a CPC community organizer in September 2011 and was promoted to lead organizer in December 2012. Before moving to Denver from Berlin in 2008, Jenny, a native German, completed a master’s degree in Political Science with a thesis on racism and the U.S. prison-industrial complex. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and has been volunteering as a tutor at a halfway house.
Campaign for Economic Justice
Corrine is a seventh generation native of Colorado and has studied and experienced the economic transformations that Colorado has undergone in recent decades and this has steered her commitment to economic justice. Corrine is dedicated to minimizing inequality and supporting public policies that will lessen the disparities for low-income populations and people of color. She has focused on social issues throughout her academic and professional career and is passionate about the need to educate and empower communities in order for them to advocate for policy changes that reflect the needs of all peoples. She has a background in public policy, nonprofit management, development, coalition building, and development. Corrine lives in Denver with her two wonderful boys and a crazy Goldendoodle, who provide her with continuing motivation to ensure that policies in Colorado are supporting all residents in the twenty-first century.
Racial Justice & Civil Rights Program
Mu Son's family immigrated to the U.S. when he was two years old from Seoul, South Korea. He grew up in the small town of Temple, Texas and has lived in Colorado for the last 20 years. Mu Son has spent the last decade working with grassroots groups to build power in our communities. He draws his inspiration from work with the community at organizations like Centro Humanitario, Let Us Rise, and other grassroots organizing groups. If you see Mu Son around town riding his bicycle, feel free to say Hi!
Northern Colorado Organizing Program / CPC Greeley Office
Southern Colorado Organizing Program / CPC Pueblo Office
Theresa is a Pueblo native who returned to Colorado in 2001 after living in Mexico where she worked as Program Director for the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialogue on Development (CCIDD). There she did "global community-organizing" - building solidarity and inspiring action around the political, social, cultural, and economic realities of Mexico with folks from the U.S. and Canada. She has also been very involved with the Women's Ordination Conference, helped to found the Young Feminist Network, and worked as a freelance English/Spanish translator. Theresa is thrilled to be working in her home community - helping to shape its progressive future - and considers this work her life's vocation.
Daneya Esgar joined the Colorado Progressive Coalition,in March of 2011, thanks to a job-share opportunity with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition. Daneya is proud to be a Pueblo native. She has a passion for youth organizing and is respected LGBT activist in Southern Colorado. Daneya enjoys writing a monthly LGBTQ column in Pueblo’s independent newspaper, the PULP. She serves as the Vice President for the Southern Colorado Equality Association and also as the Coordinator for the OutFront LGBT youth group in Pueblo. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing on the lake in the summer and is secretly addicted to reality TV, when the weather won’t let her play outside. Daneya graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications, and worked as a television news producer for eight years at KOAA-TV, covering Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Caroline joined the CPC-Pueblo Superteam in January of 2012. Before becoming a staff member, she
volunteered her time and efforts to projects like the Congressional Accountability Committee and
Displaced Workers’ Brigade. Social Justice has always been an integral part of her worldview, and she is
grateful to be doing the work that reflects her true sense of purpose. Caroline studied English Literature
at Antioch College and CU-Boulder. She made her way back to the Steel City in late 2009 and is proud
to be organizing in the community where she spent many of her formative years. When she’s not fist-
pumping for the cause, she can often be found with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds.
Stephanie Tierney has been involved with the Colorado Progressive Coalition since April, 2011. She began heavily volunteering in October, 2011 and joined the staff as the Minster of Information in January, 2012. Stephanie obtained her Bachelor's degree in communications with certificates in mediation and public relations from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2006. Stephanie also sits on the Colorado chapter Board of Directors of the 9to5 Colorado National Association of Working Women. She is stoked to bring her background in non-profit work and communications to CPC. Stephanie provides database management and analysis skills that help inform and drive CPC's work while assisting with events and general office management. She loves live music, good food, friends and family -- and reading. As an avid 'bookie,' Stephanie is open to good suggestions, or, if you need need one, stop by her office!
Communications, Social Media and Technology
Most recently a legislative and investigative reporter for the Colorado Independent, Joseph Boven has worked in media and communications for close to a decade. A former media critic for Colorado Media Matters, director for an early morning news and music video program, editor in chief of cultural arts magazine and travel writer, Boven is now using his experience gleaned through the pressures of a media producer to provide fact-based communications to Colorado and national press. With a strong love for the journalistic endeavor, he encourages journalists to look beyond the headlines and find the facts behind the political rhetoric. Once a commercial fisherman and somelier, Boven spends his free time eating fish, drinking cheap wine and hiking one of the best states in the country. Oh, and despite his best efforts, both his friends and everyone else call him Joe Boven. Boven is the Communications Coordinator for Colorado Progressive Coalition.