Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director / (303) 893-3500 x6

_MG_5215-Editedit2Lizeth Chacon, an immigrant from Chihuahua, Mexico, came to Colorado at the age of 12. During her first years of school, Lizeth noticed the injustices and difficulties many immigrants face; from that moment she began volunteering at her school and got involved in the movement for social justice. Lizeth was the first one of her family to graduate from college; in the fall of 2010 she graduated from the University of Colorado with two Bachelor’s Degrees, one in Political Science and a second in Criminal Justice. She got involved in the immigrant rights movement in 2006. In 2013, Lizeth was awarded a Mayoral Proclamation as “A Woman in Leadership” by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan. Lizeth is the Founding Executive Director of Colorado People’s Action (CPA). Lizeth is currently a Board Member with our national affiliate organization, People’s Action.
Hobbies: “From March to October I spend most of my weekends at the Colorado Rapids games, and as much as I can I get out to enjoy what our beautiful state has to offer”.

Kevin Patterson, Organizing Director  20170712_175216

Kevin Patterson was born and raised in Colorado. Early on in his life he was engaged in local politics.After Kevin completed his high school education at the Denver School of the Arts, he went on to receive two Bachelor’s degrees in Ethnic Studies and Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a student Kevin was a part of various student groups and coalitions such as United Mexican American Students y Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán de CU Boulder, Queer and Trans* People of Color, Black Student Alliance, Student Outreach Center for Equity, and forming the Pulse (Student Government). His involvement in these efforts lead to a deep commitment to the pursuit of social justice for marginalized communities. After graduating he interned with the The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations Union Summer working with K-12 teacher to fight for healthcare in their school districts. After this internship Kevin continued to work with the American Federation of Teachers at the Temple University, Cayuga Community College, and Community College of Allegheny County unionizing campaigns. After his stent on the east coast Kevin has returned to Colorado to build power in his own hometown!

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my loved ones including my dogs Burnham & Bowie, lifting weights, yoga, long-boarding, music & art shows, and getting outdoors.

Ananiya Asrat, Field Organizer Photo May 31, 1 07 59 PM

Ananiya was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and immigrated to America at the age of 8. After spending a short year in Virginia he moved with his family to Colorado. Finishing his high school education at Smoky Hill High School he attended CSU-Pueblo where he majored in Political Science and minored in Homeland Security, Non-Profit Management and Business Administration. After falling in love with organizing during his time as an intern on Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, he began his organizing career on then Senator Mark Udall’s 2014 reelection campaign. His passion for organizing grew as he traveled the country working on the Bernie Sanders campaign. After spending time traveling the country, Ananiya is back home to work on issues he holds near and dear to his heart.

Hobbies: “I enjoy trying to juggle and I love cloudy days”.

Robel Worku, Community Organizer  


Robel was born in Toronto, Ontario in Canada, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He started organizing as a junior at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he majored in Political Science. While at NU, Robel was a member of the core team for Chicago Student Action, a network of student organizers on college campuses throughout the Chicagoland area, and the co-coordinator of Student Action at Northwestern. In addition to that, Robel was also an active leader within The People’s Lobby as the chair of the Mass Incarceration Task Force, a committee devoted to addressing the injustices within Illinois’s criminal justice system and support similar work nationally. Within this role, Robel aided the efforts of Reclaim Chicago to oust Cook County’s State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and elect a candidate, Kim Foxx, that believes in reducing incarceration and shifting drug control from a criminal issue to one of public health. He also played a role in the beginning stage of The People’s Lobby’s campaign to eliminate cash bail in the state of Illinois before joining us here at Colorado People’s Action.

Growing up in different parts Atlanta and coming from a family of Ethiopian immigrants taught Robel the ways in which race and class damages both communities of color and low-income communities writ large. Because of that, Robel wants to advance a vision for an economy and society that treats everyone as people deserving of love and respect, not simply as sources of profit.

Hobbies: “listening to hip hop, playing basketball, and hanging out with my dog Cutie.”

Julie Laven, Operations Coordinator

Julie is from in Minnesota. She first became passionate about social justice while Julietraveling to El Salvador in high school and gaining a deeper understanding of systems of oppression both abroad and in the US. Julie graduated from St. Olaf College in 2014 with majors in Spanish and Latin American studies. During that time she volunteered with the Latino community and studied abroad in Central America. After college, Julie lived in El Salvador for a year, working for a grassroots solidarity organization, before moving back to Minnesota to work an education non-profit. She is excited to be in Colorado and be a part of the movement for progressive change through her work as Operations Coordinator!

Hobbies: “I love to bake, spend time with friends, and be active outside–running, hiking, anything!”