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. 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
Pronouns: They, Them, Their
Kevin Patterson was born and raised in Colorado. Early on in their life, they were engaged in local politics. After Kevin completed their high school education at the Denver School of the Arts, they 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). Their involvement in these efforts led to a deep commitment to the pursuit of social justice for marginalized communities. After graduating they interned with 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 their 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 their stint on the east coast, Kevin has returned to Colorado to build
power in their 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
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.”
JACK FLOTTE, FIELD ORGANIZER
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Jack is from St. Louis, Missouri. He comes from a family that loves to talk politics. In high school, he began to see how women and members of the LGBTQ community were marginalized in the institutions he grew up in and volunteered on a senate race. His passion for social justice was solidified in 2014 as he watched racist police violence set his hometown on fire. He brought this fire to Regis University in Denver, Colorado where he organized students to protest racist violence. As director of Regis’ Social Justice Committee, he worked with the Black Student Alliance, Somos and others to create space for the voices of historically marginalized students to shift power and lead the conversation on the future of the university. Studying Peace and Justice Studies and Elementary Education, Jack has a vision of anti-oppression education as a tool for building power. A lifelong learner, Jack is excited to grow in an organization like CPA where the roles of teacher, student, and organizer are blurred.
Through organizing Jack hopes to activate white people and everyone in our community in the fight for racial and social justice, and channel shared struggle towards decentralizing the power corporations have over our lives.
Hobbies: “I like dad jokes, popcorn, and going outside.”
JULIE LAVEN, OPERATIONS AND FUNDRAISING MANAGER
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
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 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 & Fundraising Manager!
Hobbies: “I love to bake, spend time with friends, and be active outside–running, hiking, anything!”