James has worked in community development for over eight years and has a passion for cultivating healthy communities through community engagement. James’ career has focused on the development of community-guided neighborhood assets through full integration of community voice, coupled with the urban planning field's best practices of placemaking.
James is also finishing a Master of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Sarah has an Event Marketing background and has worked in various industries including foreign commerce, public policy, community relations, finance, coffee & art. Self-proclaimed Denver's PR gal, she enjoys cultivating community engagement through purposeful, fun events. She has proven to do a excellent job representing the city's various attributes while capitalizing on resources for the under-served.
Sarah holds a BSBA from the University of Denver and serves as one of the founding members of SPIN (Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs). In 2011 she became a certified yoga instructor and can be found teaching around Denver from time to time.
For over 17 years, Heidi has worked to identify the intersectionality of multiple systems, specifically between juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, education, environment, and community. She has a successful track-record of bringing partners together to remove community barriers. She has worked in Northeast Park Hill and the surrounding communities her entire career.
Heidi also serves as the Facilitator for CU Boulder’s Youth Violence Prevention Center - Denver.
Jonathan is a Denver native with over 25 years of community involvement and has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the success of young people.
Through his personal experience with gangs, crime, and other challenges from his youth he has become a passionate mentor, author, journalist, activist, and advocate for many causes including the empowerment of young people of color.
He is the Founder of Be Better Than Average, LLC, which helps people, organizations, and communities thrive through personal development, organizational change, strategy consultation, and coalition & network building .
He also serves as Chair of the Denver African American Commission and is a member of Denver's My Brother's Keeper Juvenile Justice committee.
Isaiah has had a quick start in community work showing his ability to become a young leader. He is highly motivated to get higher youth engagement in organizations that outreach to help communities. Isaiah has been driven on the development of youth positions in the city via avenues such as social media, events and community centers.
Isaiah is also finishing a Certificate of Entrepreneurship at the Community College of Denver.
Katalina Garcia splits her time working with the Office of Representative Herod and Park Hill Collective Impact. Previously, she worked at the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Workforce Development Council, assisting with the TalentFOUND initiative, events, and other projects. She is involved with the State Youth Council and the Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative. While in school, Katalina interned at the Denver District Attorney’s Office and at the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic. Other work experience includes food service, corrections, and retail.
Katalina is passionate about being an advocate for workforce opportunities for youth and adults continuing their education. She aspires to continue her education in Political Science and Legal Studies and become a Judge for the supreme court. On the way, Katalina wants to be involved in her community, and help neighbors identify how they could be involved and get them connected to organizations in the community.