Staff + Board

Staff

Aly Belknap

Senior Organizing Manager
aly@neweracoloradoaction.org

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
arianna@neweracoloradoaction.org

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.

Hannah Robinson-Armour

Operations Director
hannah@neweracoloradoaction.org

Hannah considers herself a Coloradan having moved to Boulder when she was six. She received her undergraduate degree from CU Boulder in history and chemistry (in 3 years because she’s just that organized) then went out to explore the world. After living in China for a year, she was drawn back to Colorado and discovered a love of operations and completed her MBA at CU Denver. At the office, she manages New Era’s finances so we can optimize transforming our resources into real on the ground work, answers all the compliance questions the staff can throw at her so we’re always on point, and makes sure we support and value the truly amazing people who work at this organization. She loves working at New Era so she can combine her love of progressive politics, spreadsheets, and overall operations. When not working, she’s reading, cooking, and eating.

Morgan Royal

Interim Deputy Director
morgan@neweracoloradoaction.org

Morgan was born and raised in Colorado, comes from a big family, and believes that organizing will lead to liberation. She went to Colorado State University and studied Political Science and Women’s Studies and went on to write a Black Feminist Manifesto with her peers to call out the lack of institutionally supported spaces on college campuses for Women of Color and Black Women. Her first interaction with New Era was back in 2014 as a volunteer and she instantly fell in love with the bold approach to politics and the classic Vote F*cker buttons. She was Emma Marion’s first ever volunteer and the rest is history. At New Era, she’s in charge of tying together advocacy and civic engagement, turning our plans for social change into reality, and setting up our lead organizers for success. Since 2017, she has trained dozens of young leaders, coordinated and overseen massive voter registration efforts and has brought our economic justice work to new heights by launching powerful new initiatives. When Morgan’s not at work she enjoys watching reality tv, eating anything with cheese on it, and playing with her cat.

Natalie Drevets

Development Director
natalie@neweracoloradoaction.org

Natalie grew up in Wichita and Taipei, and spent the six years before moving to Denver in Chicagoland. After earning a degree in sociology and urban studies from Wheaton College, she stuck around to manage their development and student philanthropy programs. As Development Director, Natalie has taken New Era’s fundraising to new heights, building lasting connections throughout Colorado and advocating for the power of youth-driven democracy. She’s passionate about helping her community and volunteers with both Homeless Out Loud and the Interfaith Alliance. When she’s not asking people to give money to New Era, you can find Natalie meeting future friends (no one is a stranger), exploring new cities, or texting her friends about their local elections.

Nicole Hensel

Executive Director
nicole@neweracoloradoaction.org

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.

Raegan Cotton

Development Manager
raegan@neweracoloradoaction.org

Raegan was born and raised in Redondo Beach, CA, but after high school she felt a calling to buy her first winter jacket and move to Colorado to attend The University of Denver. Even after 6 years in Denver, her family in LA still calls to check in every time it snows to be sure she is “okay” (spoiler- she usually isn’t). While trying to keep herself warm, she found a passion for policy and decided to pursue majors in both Criminology and Political Science, with a minor in Psychology. She first crossed paths with New Era Colorado as an intern during the summer of 2017 and fell in love with their approach to creating systemic change. While wrapping up her senior year at DU, she worked as a Legislative Aide in the CO State Capitol and learned firsthand about how a bill becomes a law. Surprise, surprise…it’s a lot more complicated than the Schoolhouse Rock song leads you to believe. After graduating, she spent time working with a New Era partner org before winding up back in the New Era office to step in as the Development Manager. When not at work you can probably find her walking her dog, watching The Office for the 75+ time or cooking dinner for her friends and neighbors.

Victoria Dadet

Senior Advocacy Manager
victoria@neweracoloradoaction.org

Victoria is “from” a lot of places, but considers the Chicago suburbs her home and never hesitates to profess her love for Lou Malnati’s. After completing an internship with New Era during the summer of 2016, she stayed on as an Organizing Fellow during the election. After a year badass achievements like being elected Co-President of BSA, working as an editor for the CU Honors Journal, graduating from CU Boulder with degrees in Psychology and Ethnic Studies, and graduating as the valedictorian for the Ethnic Studies department, she came back to New Era in 2018. As the Advocacy Manager, she runs The Brazen Project where she leads our reproductive rights work to make sure everyone in Colorado who needs an abortion can get one with dignity and respect, and without shame and stigma. In her first year in this role she expanded Brazen to a third campus, graduated nine cohort members, and put on the very first Youth Activist for Abortion Access Summit (aka YAAAS!). If she’s not reading articles on reproductive justice and ranting about fake clinics, she’s probably braiding her hair, watching Beyonce’s Homecoming for the millionth time, doing Black Girl Magic yoga, or trying to get through her massive TV watchlist.

Board

Andy Jacob

Political Director, SEIU Local 105

Feven Netsanet, Treasurer

Super Mom

Nick Passanante, Chair

President & Managing Partner, Boulder Strategies | Turn It Blue Digital

Michal Rosenoer

Executive Director, Emerge Colorado

Taylor Holden

Senior Advisor, Tao RisingSenior Advisor, Tao Rising

Nina Kadjar, Vice Chair

Deputy Chief of Staff at Colorado House Democrats