Lizeth Chacon

Lizeth Chacon, Executive Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

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.

Lizeth is the Founding Executive Director of Colorado People’s Action (CPA). Lizeth is currently the Board President of our national affiliate organization, People’s Action. She is also on the Board of Directors for Transformative Leadership for Change.

Hobbies: “I spend a lot of time with my dogs; Max, Tiny and Chloe all who are really big and keep me busy.”

Azria Arroyo, Operations Manager
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

Azria is an Afro Latina Activist and Artist born and raised in Denver, Colorado’s Northside community. The stories of her grandfathers experience as a Mexican immigrant, and migrant farmworker in America, in tandem with Azria herself being raised in a low-income single parent household, were incredibly formative in her drive to advocate for racial justice and economic equity. She has been a fierce advocate for the communities she serves, through her organizing of actions and  mutual aid events. She is dedicated to creating impactful, sustainable solutions to uplift and create cycles of empowerment for marginalized communities, and brings that same dedication into her work with CPA. 

Hobbies: “I spend most of my free time investing in my various creative endeavors as an artist, practicing self care for spiritual and physical well-being and growth, and spending time with family and friends”

Hallen Phung, Development Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

Hallen Phung was raised in small town Iowa and quickly noticed her Vietnamese immigrant family was vastly different from most families around her. Growing up with immense pressure to assimilate and not make too much noise, unlearning and challenging dominant narrative has become a defining part of her personal journey before and especially now in CPA. With an early passion for volunteering at hospitals and animal shelters in high school, Hallen sought out to dedicate her life to helping her community. Upon graduating from Simpson College with B.As in both Psychology and Sociology, she had years of experience in non-profit as a trained advocate, fundraiser, and leader. During her time in direct service, she recognized the vital power of money in relation to achieving missions and true change, and she started to shift her focus to grant writing and fundraising. Today, she is dedicated to the communities of Colorado. She is passionate about connecting community members, local businesses, and new individuals who, like her, wish to make Colorado their home and want to know how their own values can be reflected in CPA’s mission. 

Hobbies: “When I am not spending time with my elderly cat, Malachi, I love to try fun new foods, and like most folks who move here, I love the mountains.” 

Jessica Martinez Vasquez, Communications Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

Jessica Martinez Vasquez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. Much of her childhood and young adult life was spent in the vibrant Park Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado where she learned some of her most valuable lessons. As a DACA recipient and having lived most of her life without it, as an undocumented immigrant, Jessica understands the power in telling her own story. She is unapologetic, unafraid and committed to the pursuit of social justice for marginalized communities. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Political Science. She has since spent time in Washington, D.C working to build power in our Latinx communities around the country through various non-profit organizations. Most recently she served as Senator Julie Gonzales’ Legislative Aide in the Colorado State Senate. She hopes to continue to empower community to re-write the dominant narrative and center their own lived experiences in her new role with CPA. 

Hobbies: “I love finding new places to eat and trying new foods! I feel like I find a new favorite hobby every few weeks and lately it has been photography!” 

Ananiya Asrat

Ananiya Asrat, Field Organizer
Pronouns: He, Him, His

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.”