Miriam Peña became Executive Director in 2010 after working as CPC's Development Director for 5 years. Born in Mexico in the border city of Juarez, Miriam was raised in Denver’s Cole/5 Points
neighborhood, coming to Colorado when she was 6 months old. She became the
first in her family to attend college earning a bachelor’s degree from the
University of Denver having studied Public Policy and Communications. She is an
MBA candidate (May 2015) currently studying at the Washington University of St.
Louis - Olin Business School. 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 a national
affiliate organization, Alliance for a Just Society, and locally serves as
Treasurer on the board of El Centro Humanitario – Humanitarian Center for Day
Laborers. Miriam co-hosts a weekly talk show, “Weekend Wisdom”, on
AM 760 Progressive Talk and was also recently appointed to the Denver Women’s
Commission where she is chair of the Public Policy committee.
Hillary Jorgensen came to CPC with a long history of progressive activism and participation in solution forward programs. Throughout her youth, Hillary has been interested in civil rights issues, starting her commitment to the social justice movement through disability rights. Graduating with honors from CU Boulder in 2005, she went on to earn her JD from Seattle University as a pubic interest and social justice scholar. After law school, Hillary paired knowledge to passion and worked with Disability Rights Washington, Colorado Legal Services and the Colfax Community Network, leading her to become the Health Care for America Now campaign director for CPC in 2009. During that time she led CPC's work to pass the Affordable Care Act, expand Medicaid and protect Medicare. Hillary has served on the CAVP board, the National Youth Leadership Network Board and the Chinook Fund grant making committee. She recently took the position of CPC political director and is now serving as the interim executive director for the organization. In her free time, Hillary, a Colorado native, enjoys fencing, kayaking, hiking and enjoying all the opportunities our great state offers.
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.
Judith Marquez joined Colorado Progressive Coalition in December 2013. She is a passionate fighter for immigrant rights and racial and economic justice. In 2009, Judith dived into community organizing first as a volunteer and later as staff for Rights for All People (RAP). At RAP, she worked along side strong community leaders and allies to address racial profiling by Aurora Police, stop deportations, and build electoral power in the Latino community among other campaigns. Judith later organized for economic justice issues and built her analysis around the intersections of social justice movements. She has volunteered with Coloradans for Immigrant Rights (CFIR-AFSC), Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) and supported grassroots fundraising events for migrant women facing deportations. In her free time, Judith loves exploring music and dance from around the world and spending time with her family and friends.
Campaign for Economic Justice
Racial Justice & Civil Rights Program
Northern Colorado Organizing Program
Southern Colorado Organizing Program / CPC Pueblo Office
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.
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.
Elena Langworthy joined the CPC-Pueblo team in January 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University-Pueblo where she majored in Political Science. Her issues of passion include economic justice, education equity, and immigration reform. Throughout college she volunteered with the Young Women’s Real World Conference at CSU-P and Teach for America. During 2012, she worked in Pueblo and Huerfano counties with Organizing for America. Working with OFA taught Elena that caffeine is the solution to 99% of life’s problems. She also learned a couple things about organizing and voter registration. In her free time Elena can be found climbing mountains, reading, or eating with friends and family. She is excited to have a position where she can work passionately for her community as part of CPC-Pueblo.
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.