Staff + Board

Aly Belknap

Aly Belknap

Senior Organizing Manager

Aly is a firm believer in the power of progressivism. She traces her passion for organizing back to her high school days in Rochester, NY, working on issues like eradicating disposable foam lunch trays and anti-bullying. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2019, and immediately set her sights on Colorado as a haven for youth power, where young people are driving forward a shared vision for a just, equitable future. When she’s not organizing, you can find her binging The Office for the 1000th time, improving her cooking skills (while refusing to improve her baking skills) and skateboarding around Denver. Aly is always down to raise some class consciousness, so don’t hesitate to start a conversation with her about capitalism.

Arianna Morales

Regional Advocacy Manager

As a devout believer in astrology, Arianna attributes all of her success to being born at 4:23 PM, in Ventura County on a beautiful January day. But in truth, her success was a combination of her passion to give back to her community and a deep commitment to make her Mama proud. Arianna graduated magna cum laude as a first generation student from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Chicano Studies. During her undergraduate experience, she joined the 2018 Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) fellowship, where she researched policies affecting the health and education of Latinx lives in Colorado. Her experience as a fellow led her to work as an aide for the Colorado legislature, helping push through bills to create a more equitable criminal justice system. Now, as one of New Era’s Advocacy Organizers, Arianna manages The Brazen Project at Fort Collins to help destigmatize abortion on college campuses. In her short time with New Era, she’s worked with her students to create and facilitate a workshop at the Feminist Thought and Activism Conference, as well as helped execute the first-ever Youth Activist for Abortion Access Summit (YAAAS!). Outside of work, she spends her time brainstorming new playlist names and giving her cat the silent treatment.

Camila Navarrette

Camila Navarrette (she/ella)

Communications Director

Born and raised in mid-city Los Angeles, Camila came to Colorado in 2013 to attend the University of Denver. Many jobs — including a preschool teacher and food writer — later, she became New Era Colorado’s communications director in 2022. With experience in conservation, fiscal reform, health equity, and local political spaces, Camila brings a multidimensional perspective to progressive communications and advocacy.

Influenced by her Mexican-American family’s commitment to creating change and connecting through food, you can often find her making a mess in the kitchen, reading, ranting, and dreaming of days at the beach or starry nights in the Sonoran desert.

Dylan Robb

Dylan Robb (he/him)

Data Manager

Dylan is a proud Coloradan and enjoys everything that the state offers. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kansas, Dylan jumped into the world of environmental activism. He ran a grassroots organizing operation which spanned the southwest for The Public Interest Network, working on issues ranging from plastic pollution to electric vehicles. The role taught him about the importance of using data to inform political activism and inspired him to participate in a Data Analysis certification program at the University of Denver. At New Era Colorado, Dylan manages our campaign data systems and works to improve how the organization uses data. Outside of work, you can find him snowboarding the slopes in the winter and hiking trails all over the state in the summer.

Kate Kelly (she/they)

Regional Lead Organizer

As a strong supporter of the power of people and communities, Kate is driven to invest herself in the work necessary for social change. Graduating from CU Boulder in 2021, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and women & gender studies, she is very thankful for the opportunities she’s had and the relationships she built along the way. With previous experience in student groups and nonprofits, Kate found her passion for advocacy and organizing with people and community members. She gives credit to those environments she got to be a part of as a large motivator for her passions today.

Marcel McClinton

Marcel McClinton

Development Director

At New Era, Marcel leads our fundraising efforts by building lasting relationships with donors and connecting the goals and successes of our programs to our donor community. He aims to continue building a base of financial supporters who prioritize equity in their giving.

Before joining New Era, Marcel worked to strengthen Texas’ progressive infrastructure at the Texas Future Project. In typical Texan-to-Coloradan fashion, Marcel loves to remind everyone of his roots. A very short list of Houston legends includes: Beyonce & Solange, Lizzo, Chandra Wilson, and Jalen Hurts. In his free time, you can find Marcel browsing Zillow for industrial/eclectic design ideas, listening to Black artists (old and new), and maintaining the Clash of Clans base he has kept for 8 years. He’s a big fan of kolaches and believes HEB is the elite grocery store.

Molly Stawinoga (she/her)

Communications Coordinator

Molly likes to imagine a country in which every single election has 100% voter turnout and voting is as accessible as filling out a Google Form (and ballot language as understandable as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”). Born and raised in DeKalb, Illinois, Molly worked in the cornfields for her first job before working at a local news station while attending the University of Missouri. After nearly five years in broadcast news, Molly pitched an investigative story about the lack of reproductive healthcare access in Missouri and what would happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned. When her story was deemed irrelevant, Molly took the eventual Supreme Court’s ruling as a signal that it was time to turn back to her activist roots.

Once she spent time as a legislative aide in the Colorado Senate, she got her next signal seeing New Era hustle at the legislature. She is excited and proud to drive digital communications for an organization that prioritizes equitable, anti-racist policies that will reshape America’s failing democracy.

Nicole Hensel

Executive Director

For as long as she can remember, Nicole has been driven to create a more just and fair world. Before New Era, she spent over eight years working in the field of youth empowerment and education policy. Nicole first moved to Colorado in 2012 as a bilingual kindergarten teacher in Montbello, right when the “Frozen” craze swept kindergarten classrooms across the nation (yes – she knows all the words to “Let it Go”). After teaching, Nicole received her Master’s in Public Policy and Master’s in Education Leadership at Stanford where she geeked out over social psychology, social contract theory, and systems-change. At Stanford, she co-founded an organization called REENVISIONED, a national movement to redefine the purpose of school, where she learned how to unite and mobilize students, teachers, parents, and community members around a shared vision for change.

After moving back to Denver, Nicole continued to work in education – both at Denver Public Schools and a national nonprofit, The Future Project. However, she found that many of the problems she was seeking to solve in education were symptoms of larger societal issues that could only be solved by democracy. Nicole decided to bring her expertise in youth empowerment and deep commitment to social justice to New Era in 2019 as our Executive Director.

Nicole strongly identifies as a Gryffindor, has a dog named Tonks, and owns a staple Hermione costume for whenever the moment is right. She is happiest when she is making Lebanese food (ask for her family hummus recipe) and adventuring outdoors.

Tash Berwick

Tash Berwick (she/her)

Political Director

Tash believes that truly anti-racist policies are grounded in people’s needs. Her work as the political director is deeply rooted in coalition building, collaboration, and listening. A lot of the time that means getting out of the office and talking to people! Additionally, she is responsible for overseeing our issue campaigns and accountability work — including New Era’s legislative session program, issue campaigns, and c4 electoral targeting.

Backed by a degree in History from CU-Boulder and a Master’s in public policy from the University of Denver, Tash came to New Era from Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca’s office. In her previous roles, she’s worked on environmental justice, criminal justice, fiscal, and regulatory policies. 

Tash is re-learning what it means to have spare time after finishing graduate school and is most exited to catch up on living. 

Trish Hyde

Trish Hyde (she/her)

Regional Lead Organizer

Born and raised in Boulder (go Knights!),Trish has had a passion for reproductive rights since high school. While completing her bachelor’s degree at San Diego State University in International Business, Trish was active in student organizing around reproductive rights and voter registration. She is particularly proud of her involvement in the passage of California Senate Bill 24, which will ensure all California public university students have access to abortion pills in their campus medical centers.

Trish is currently working on her master’s in American political history at CU Denver. She is a passionate believer in the power of radical imagination and community. When she’s not reading for school, she enjoys cooking, reading (not for school), running, and taking pictures of her cats.


Andy Jacob

Political Director, SEIU Local 105

Cameron Hill

Senior Development Officer, The Gill Foundation

Feven Netsanet, Treasurer

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Jack Teter

Jack Teter

Regional Director of Government Affairs at Planned Parenthood Colorado

Michal Rosenoer

Executive Director, Emerge Colorado

Nick Passanante, Chair

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Nina Kadjar, Vice Chair

Deputy Chief of Staff at Colorado House Democrats

Taylor Holden

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