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Conservation Colorado Education Fund

CCEF is a grassroots organization focused on educating & mobilizing people to protect Colorado's air, land, water, and people. Donations received through Colorado Gives Day support the Becca Strelitz Internship Program & general operations for programs like voter registration and Latino organizing.

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Staff

Part Time Staff:
1
Full Time Staff:
37
Contract Staff:
0
Volunteers Annually:
100
Retention Rate:
82%

Jessica Goad, Deputy Director
Start Date: 2017

Jessica is a native of Golden, Colorado who grew up in a family that loved the outdoors and instilled deep values of conservation in her. She spent a large part of her career in Washington, D.C., working for groups including the Center for American Progress and The Wilderness Society. She most recently covered public lands and energy issues at the Center for Western Priorities.

Jessica holds a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, running, and traveling.

Maria Handley, Interim Executive Director
Start Date: 2018

Maria, from Eldorado Springs, CO was most recently the Executive Director of Generation Latino and has spent the past 15 years working with candidates across the country; most notably, former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Governor Howard Dean. She holds a BA in Political Science, minor in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Maria loves traveling around the world. Favorite spot in Colorado: Her garden.

Patrick Massaro, Organizing and Political Director
Start Date:

B.A., Political Science, Univ. Colorado at Boulder, 2009. Field Manager, League of Conservation Voters/Colorado Conservation Voters, 2010. Researcher, CareerSoft Inc., 2007, 2009-2010. Canvasser, Colorado Conservation Voters, 2008.

Jace Woodrum, Communications Director
Start Date: 2018

Originally from South Carolina, Jace moved to Colorado in 2010 and started his work here in 2018. He received his BA in English from the University of South Carolina and spent the past seven years working in the LGBTQ movement with the Gill Foundation, Equality Federation, and One Colorado. Favorite spot in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park.

Beka Wilson, Development Director
Start Date: 2001

An Iowa native and a graduate of Humboldt State University's International Studies & French programs, Beka relocated to Colorado in mid-2004 just in time to start organizing and raising funds to pass FasTracks and Amendment 37. Working first as a canvasser and then as a campus organizer, she was thrilled to supervise two winning campaigns to purchase wind and solar energy for Colorado universities. Prior to joining CEC in January 2010, Beka spent four years as a fundraiser for NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, where she oversaw the annual Choice Celebration & Auction, one of the largest in the country. Beka looks forward to raising funds to protect the beautiful Colorado landscapes she has come to love through camping, climbing and hiking adventures.

Luke Schafer, Western Slope Advocacy Director
Start Date:

B.S., International Relations, Central Michigan Univ., 2004. Organizer, Sweetwater Alliance, 2001-2004. Editor and writer, Alternative Fuel, 2001-2004. Campaign Volunteer, Sterling Johnson for Congress, 2002.

Theresa Conley, Advocacy Director
Start Date: 2016

Water Advocate, Conservation Colorado, 2013. J.D., California Western School of Law, 2005; B.S., History and Social Thought & Political Economy, Univ. of Massachusetts, 1997. Fall Organizing Fellow and Voter Protection, Obama for America, 2012. Environmental Advocate Volunteer, Save Our Shores, 2011-2012. Associate Attorney, Gallagher & Cavanaugh, LLP, 2007-2011. Associate Attorney, Thornes Bartolotta McGuire, 2005-2007.

Boards

Board Type:
Local
Meetings per Year:
6
Term Length:
2
Term Limit:
None
Total # of Board Members:
16
Clients on Board:
No
# of Client Board Members:

Board Demographics:

Female:
9
Male:
7
Transgender Female:
0
Transgender Male:
0
Gender Other:
0

Black or African American:
0
Asian:
1
White:
14
Hispanic or Latino:
1
Multiracial:
0
American Indian or Alaska Native:
0
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander:
0
Other Ethnicities:
0

Average Number of Years Current Board Members Have Served on Board

4

Attendance Percentage for Board Meetings

81%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute Dollars

100%

Percentage of Board Members that Contribute In-Kind

50%

Percentage of Board Members that have Completeted the Colorado Secretary of State's Nonprofit Board Member Course:

0%

Nonprofit completed the Colorado Nonprofit Association's Excellence in Principles & Practices Recognition Program?

No

Committees

Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Development
Executive
Finance
Government Affairs
Inclusiveness / Diversity Committee
Nominating

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