Meet CLLARO 

Board Officers

Chair

Mr. Chris Martínez
Executive Director (Retired)
Hispanic Contractors of Colorado (HCC), Denver

Vice-Chair

Mr. True Apodaca
Founder and Principal
True Strategies Colorado, Denver

Secretary 

Mr. George Autobee

President and CEO
World Demographic Research, Inc.
Colorado City, CO

Treasurer

Ms. Anne Barkis, J.D., MSW.
Principal; Mendez, Barkis and Associates, Denver

CLLARO Founders

Board Members

Mr. Luís Jorge Castañeda
Founder & Owner, Castañeda Law, Denver, CO & Phoenix, AZ

Ms. Leslie Colwell
Vice-President, K-12 Education Initiatives
Colorado Children’s Campaign, Denver

Mr. Cristóbal Garcia
Associate Director of Alumni Relations
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

Mr. Lawrence Barcelona García
Senior Manager, Labor & Employee Relations
Denver Public Schools

Ms. María González
Founder & CEO, Adelante Community Development
Commerce City

The Hon. Alicia Johnson
Member, City Council, City of Evans, CO

Dr. Celeste Montoya
Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
University of Colorado Boulder

Ms. Angeles Ortega
CEO, Mi Casa Resource Center, Denver

The Hon. Federico Peña
Senior Advisor, Colorado Impact Fund, Denver

Ms. Nalleli Ramírez-Salinas
Program Administrator, Dept. of Public Health & Environment
City and County of Denver

Mr. Elvis Rubio
Government & Community Affairs Officer
Dept. of Housing Stability, City and County of Denver

Mr. Evan Smith-Acuña
Assistant Vice President
FirstBank, Aurora

Ms. Ayah B. Ziyadeh
National Advocacy Director, American Muslims for Palestine
Aurora

Staff

Executive Director

Director-General

Mike Cortés MSW, MPP, PhD

Leadership and Communications Manager

Alejandra Colmenero

Program Development Manager

Gloria Rubio-Cortés

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Education Programs Manager

Zarah Levy

Policy Research and Analysis Manager

Emily Cervantes

Resource Navigator

Vicky Garza

Operations Manager Trainee

Mariel R. Galvez

Program Specialists

Kinyata Jackson

Gladys Soto

University Graduate Intern

Becca Teachey