Great Education Colorado

Great Ed informs, mobilizes and influences voters and policymakers to stimulate wise investment in Colorado's classrooms. Great Ed is a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy organization that brings grassroots muscle to the fight for public education.

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Nicole Niebler, Director of Operations
Start Date: 2019

While studying Dietetics and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nicole chose to dedicate her career to increasing equity by empowering and educating communities. She then worked in the non-profit sector in Madison, Wisconsin increasing access to healthy, local foods and educating communities about the connections between food, health, and the environment. Great Education Colorado's vision for all Coloradan children to have equal access to adequate and equitable education fulfills her goal of increasing equity. Outside of work she is frequently found playing ukulele, traveling, and caring for her plants.

Betsy Bevis, Director of Outreach and Public Affairs
Start Date: 2017

Betsy graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Psychology and earned her Master's in Social Work from Baylor University. She moved to Colorado halfway through her graduate degree and decided to stay in Denver post-graduation. After working in research and outreach departments of nonprofit organizations focusing on homelessness and poverty for several years, Betsy realized that inadequate education is a key factor in perpetuating the cycle of poverty. She has focused her efforts on Great Education's movement of ensuring a quality education for all students in Colorado, with a special passion for those students who are economically challenged. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys hiking, climbing, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Zacary Tardiff, Director of Development
Start Date: 2016

Zacary has a diverse array of professional experiences including nearly 8 years as an administrator and professor at West Virginia University. He has also been involved with nonprofit organizations for more than 10 years, including serving as the President of Empty Bowls Monongalia in West Virginia. Zacary and his wife, Abby (a native Coloradan), relocated to Colorado in mid-2016. Originally from New Jersey, Zacary is a two-time graduate of West Virginia University, most recently attaining an MBA from the WVU College of Business & Economics. Zacary is dedicated to building genuine, lasting relationships that will help Great Education Colorado continue to grow. He is passionate about ensuring that students throughout the state have access to high quality public education. In his free time, Zacary enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two dogs, Luca and Denver.

Mary McNeil Cheever, Outreach Coordinator
Start Date: 2015


Lea Steed, Director of Equity and Inclusion
Start Date: 2016

Lea grew up in the Denver/Aurora area and was educated in the DPS and APS school system. She continued her education at the Community College of Denver and received a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from University of Northern Colorado. She will complete her Master's in Reading Education by 2017. Lea has two beautiful teenage daughters who attend DPS schools. Her work at Great Education Colorado has taught her to never underestimate the power of grassroots organizing or the power of voice!

Lisa Weil, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Lisa Weil, Executive Director
A graduate of Greeley Public Schools, the University of Colorado, and the Yale Law School, Lisa has been a public interest attorney and political consultant. She served as Policy Director and Chief Legal Counsel for former Governor Roy Romer, and as a Legislative Aide to former Senators Timothy Wirth and Bob Kerrey. She managed the first Congressional campaign of Representative Diana DeGette, and has served as a consultant on a wide variety of research and campaign projects. The mother of two (15 and 18), Weil was closely involved in the creation and passage of Amendment 23, and co-founded Great Education Colorado. She served as Great Ed's Policy and Communications Director before becoming Executive Director in 2015.


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