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. 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.”

Rochelle Galindo, Operations Director
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers 

Rochelle Galindo was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado and is the daughter of working class parents. Rochelle’s passion for engaging in Colorado politics began when she joined the Greeley Youth Commission while attending Greeley Central High School. 

She found her first opportunity to work in the political field when she became a Field Organizer in Weld County for President Obama’s re-election campaign in the summer of 2012. Since then she has been involved on top targeted local and national campaigns. In November 2015 she was elected as the first openly gay elected official to the Greeley City Council. In 2018 she was elected as the State Representative for House District 50 becoming the first person of color and the first openly gay person elected to a statewide office from Weld County. She is now building power with CPA to ensure Colorado has leadership that reflects the communities they represent.

Kevin Patterson

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.”

Hallen Phung, Fundraising 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.”

Jack Flotte.

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.”

Francesca Petrucci, Digital Organizer
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Francesca Petrucci is from the great state of Maine, but it wasn’t until her time in college at Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey when her theory of change evolved. During her time in school, she had the opportunity to intern at the progressive media organization, DemocracyNow!, where she recognized that organized people are the only avenues to achieving sustainable change. She thought that after graduation she would pursue a career in journalism. Her plans quickly changed in the Spring of 2019 when Senator Bernard Sanders declared he would make a second run for the Democratic Nomination for President. Like many people trying to see themselves in the political world, she had a choice: she could either watch and document the nascent political grassroots movement taking shape across the country, or she could be a part of it. She chose the ladder and quickly packed her things and moved to rural Nevada. It was here where she engaged predominantly independent and non-partisan by telling personal stories and empowering people to take action in their own communities. She is excited to work with Colorado People’s Action as a digital organizer to tell the stories of our members and bring awareness to the most critical election of our lifetimes. 

Hobbies: Cooking, decorating my apartment and hiking!