Faviola Armendariz, Organizer
Start Date: 2017
Faviola Armendariz, a Denver native and a first generation graduate from Colorado State University, is a bilingual organizer with Colorado Jobs With Justice. A daughter of two immigrants, she saw the injustice and discrepancy her parents both faced. Faviola started volunteering with Mi Familia Vota, a nonprofit community organization that aims to lead in voter registrations and bring awareness to Latino and youth priorities. While volunteering, she learned the importance of canvassing and organizing communities to have voices heard.
Before joining the Colorado Jobs With Justice team, Faviola worked with the Denver Office of Economic Development, to match youth with internships aligned with their career goals. Her work with a diverse population and different organization expanded her capacity to work with various groups. Now, Faviola works with Colorado Jobs With Justice on the Equity and Possibilities in Construction recruiting and retaining women and people of color for union apprenticeship programs. She will continue to expand opportunities to those who seek a career and better quality of life.
Caroline Casteel, Organizer
Start Date: 2016
Caroline Casteel has been an Organizer with Colorado Jobs With Justice for just over one year, and has been
organizing for five years. She began organizing in Pueblo, Colorado, her hometown, with the Colorado Progressive
Coalition in 2012. During her time in Pueblo, she organized around issues such as same-gender domestic
partner benefits at the city level. She also became deeply involved in the fight for Comprehensive Immigration
Reform and joined the Board of Directors for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, where she learned how
to assume a leadership role as President of the Board. Toward the end of her time in Pueblo, Caroline began organizing
small businesses and organized a "buycott," in which CPC and CIRC members as well as members of
partner organizations were encouraged to shop at businesses that supported immigrant rights. Small business
organizing led Caroline to relocate to Denver to continue her work with Main Street Alliance, a project of
CPC.While at CPC, Caroline, along with another colleague, saw a need to join the Union, as a means of "walking
the talk" of labor values. With her fellow organizers, she negotiated a contract with the Denver Newspaper
Guild. In 2015, Caroline joined the staff of FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities and led the organizing department
through the creation of WOW: We Organize Westminster, a community group organized by FRESC
that seeks to secure equity in housing and transit for all residents of Westminster.
Caroline is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder and recently moved to Aurora with her sister and
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