Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director
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Lizeth 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”.
Ananiya Asrat, Field Organizer
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”.
Elizabeth Murphy, Community Organizer
Elizabeth grew up in Portland, Oregon. She has always been interested in social justice issues, and her involvement continued to grow throughout high school and college. In 2012, she graduated from the University of Portland with a major in Sociology and minor in Spanish. Shortly after Elizabeth moved to Colorado as an MSW student at the University of Denver, where she interned with several immigrant rights and community-led organizations. These experiences were part of the foundation of her value in the importance and strength in community-led movements.
After graduating from the University of Denver with a Masters in Social Work, Elizabeth continued to grow her passion for grass-roots organizing and supporting community leadership and power, in order to hold our elected officials accountable. She is excited to join CPA as a community organizer and building power to put our people in office, in order to put our people over profit!
Hobbies: “I love exploring Colorado, spending time with friends, and hanging out with my dog (Murph).”
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.”
Lupita Carrasquillo, Community Organizer
Lupita Carrasquillo grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She began organizing her freshman year. Lupita majored in Social Justice with a minor in Political Science at Roosevelt University where she became president of her student activist organization RISE which was a part of Chicago Student Action and The Peoples Lobby. Growing up in Chicago, Lupita saw many of the injustice that happens to low income and people of color in inner city communities. This experience pushed Lupita to organize both students and community members around issues like predatory financial aid practices and corporations not paying their workers liveable wages. Lupita is invested in the collective liberation of all people and pursuing that change in a transformational and intersectional way. With aspirations of running for elected office and building strong power organizations to push forward the work that needs to be done to ensure our people not only survive the present circumstances but thrive and push beyond them.
Ana Rodriguez, Community Organizer
Ana Rodriguez is an undocumented macro social worker who is leading COPA’s immigrant justice organizing. Ana is a Houston transplant who previously served on the board of a Texas abortion fund and as a legislative director for a Texas Representative. Ana loves cooking, spending time with her partner and her dog Bear, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado weather on coffee shop patios.
Julie Laven, Operations Coordinator
Julie is from in Minnesota. She first became passionate about social justice while traveling to El Salvador in high school and gaining a deeper understanding of systems of o
ppression 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!”