Team

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Ana Soler

Director of Youth Engagement/Senior Facilitator

Ana is a facilitator, trainer, and project manager as the Youth Development Director. A primary responsibility at the Civic Canopy is being lead staff for Colorado 9to25, a statewide, action oriented, high impact initiative focused on supporting youth ages 9 to 25 in Colorado. If she could meet any celebrity it would be Celia Cruz, Cuban singer and performer internationally known as the Queen of Salsa. Her biggest role model is her father, Francisco Javier Soler.

Ana has facilitated complex processes in high-conflict situations, bringing a blend of calm flexibility and a firm commitment to ensuring all voices are heard. She has spent over 20 years of service in both the nonprofit and government arenas including work with Denver Partners, Urban Peak and the Denver District Attorney’s Office Juvenile Diversion program. Additionally, Ana was the Executive Director of FrontRange Earth Force, providing training in service learning and engaging youth in service learning projects across the Denver-metro area. Ana brings a passion for facilitation, collaborative partnerships, program development and inclusivity. She is bilingual and a skilled community builder in a variety of cultures and contexts.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Andrew Beisel

Information Systems Coordinator

Andrew provides user support, partner support, and project management to The Civic Canopy’s Community Partnership System as CPS Coordinator. This includes troubleshooting technical issues with partner agencies, conducting trainings, facilitating partner networking events, gathering input from agencies and cultivating system-wide improvement with vendors, and compiling and analyzing outcomes through geospatial and statistical techniques. His favorite childhood book is Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein, and the thing he enjoys most about his job is working with an intelligent, fun and motivated team!

As a Colorado native, Andrew is passionate about working collaboratively to achieve positive change in Colorado. Inspired by the mission of The Civic Canopy, Andrew brings to the table a background of political campaign finance and operations, as well as public affairs and community relations. He completed his Bachelor’s in Political Science at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he conducted research on the factors that influence state lobbying activity.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Bill Fulton

Founder and Executive Director

Bill Fulton is the founder and executive director of The Civic Canopy, a leading edge nonprofit that “helps the many work as one for the good of all.” In fields ranging from early childhood and youth development, to health and wellbeing, to education and civic engagement, the Canopy provides the facilitative leadership to allow disparate groups to work together more effectively toward a greater collective impact. Prior to founding The Civic Canopy, Bill was a high school teacher, national educational consultant, and then started his own corporate and civic consulting firm, Civil Conversations LLC. He has helped launch both local and national start up organizations, and has provided technical assistance and coaching to clients in all stages of the organizational life cycle. He has an undergraduate degree in history from Brown University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology focusing on dialogue and social change. In an age of increasingly global-and often conflicting-perspectives, Bill has a passion for bringing the best ideas to a conversation and helping participants transform conflict into collaborative ways to solve problems.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Donna Munip

Director of Finance and Operations

Donna is the Finance Director for The Civic Canopy and oversees the internal Accounting, Finance, and HR systems as well as supporting the multiple networks at the organization. Her biggest accomplishment is her two children and her favorite book is The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl.

Donna has over 20 years of experience in the fields of finance and operations in both private and nonprofit organizations. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Aberdeen University in Scotland and she received her Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers. She also holds a diploma in massage therapy.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Emily Holcomb

Program Assistant

Emily Holcomb joined The Canopy in April 2016 and has been loving every day since. At Colorado State University she studied Sociology with a focus in Women’s Studies, and was heavily interested in policy and evaluation research. Through her classes, internships, and work experience she developed a passion for education and facilitation and is looking forward to growing in these areas at The Canopy as the Program Assistant. She will be helping on many projects throughout the Canopy, and deeply working with the Early Childhood Partnership. Whenever she can, Emily loves to go on road trips to explore nature, make art and laugh.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

 

Hanna Nichols

Early Childhood Coordinator

Hanna supports The Civic Canopy’s early childhood efforts as Early Childhood Coordinator, including the work of the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, and other collaborative projects. The word she overuses most is “totally,” and her biggest role model is both her parents, who taught her to live boldly and to take time to discover the best in people.

Hanna carries a keen interest in approaches that promote holistic health, development and learning for children. She is a Colorado native and has lived here all her life aside from a two-year hiatus teaching and living in Budapest, Hungary. She received her teaching degree and Bachelor’s in History from the University of Colorado-Boulder and her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Colorado-Denver. Prior to joining The Civic Canopy, Hanna worked at the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she developed a passion for policy development and collaborative efforts to promote strong health and educational outcomes and opportunities for all of Colorado’s kids.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Jodi Hardin

Chief Strategy Officer

Jodi is responsible for supporting projects and team members across the Canopy’s focus areas of early childhood, youth development, healthy communities and civic engagement. She is known for her expertise in cross-sector partnership building, policy and program development and comprehensive early childhood systems work. Her favorite quote: “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

Jodi has extensive experience mobilizing action and improving outcomes through collaborative processes; bringing together diverse stakeholders and perspectives into cohesive approaches and plans. She received a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Karla Loaiza

Resident Organizing Coordinator

Karla supports The Civic Canopy’s place-based initiatives and comes with over eight years of organizing and training experience. Karla brings a deep commitment to training and supporting the leadership potential of people who often are not given the chance to exercise their power and share their gifts. A skilled interpreter, translator, and facilitator, Karla is a natural bridge-builder across the barriers of language, culture, and experience that often leave communities divided.

Prior to joining The Civic Canopy staff, Karla worked with Together Colorado as a parent leader and organizer and with Cole Arts and Science Academy as a parent organizer around education issues.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Lyz Riley

Healthy Communities Manager

Lyz serves as Healthy Communities Manager and LiveWell Representative for The Civic Canopy, leading healthy eating and active living efforts. If she could have one super human power it would be time control (because the possibility of a do-over is too irresistible). Her favorite quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Lyz has experience with the development and effective implementation of culture-creating programs, with specific emphasis on treating all people in a unique and respectful manner. Lyz has spent time examining opportunity gaps and developing, suggesting, and applying strategies to level the playing field. As a student at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver, she has studied the various intersections of law and its effects on society including the intended and unintended consequences. Lyz remains passionate about strengthening communities and is committed to doing her utmost to enrich the futures of all people. She is fully devoted to individual growth and personal achievement and is adamant about social justice.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Meghan Ables Chaney

Youth Development Coordinator

Meghan is a trained and experienced facilitator, effective project manager, systems thinker, and strategic planner. In her role at The Civic Canopy, Meghan primarily design, facilitates, and manages projects that support communities throughout Colorado to adopt a collaborative, collective impact approach to their work and create inclusive processes and networks that engage diverse community members. One of her primary roles has been supporting Colorado 9to25, a statewide network of partners that uses a collective impact approach to build better systems to support youth and young adults in Colorado. Meghan received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver, with a concentration in Community and Organizational Leadership. Prior to that she received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University and spent several years in the youth development field providing outdoor leadership programs.

Contact Info:

[email protected]

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Taylor Martin

Intern

Taylor is a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing her Masters of Social Work. She will be joining the Canopy until the end of May. She studied Social Work, Psychology and Sociology in her undergraduate studies. Through her classes and internships she became passionate about community engagement and grassroots work. She has found a joy of working around the topics of youth health and behaviors and sexual health. Her favorite thing to do outside of work is drink a good cup of coffee or tea and to read.

Jackie Johnson

State Coordinator, Colorado We the People Program

Jackie Johnson was the Associate Director of the Center for Education in Law and Democracy, a non-profit organization devoted to professional development for Colorado teachers of law and government for the past twelve years; she also taught middle school civics in the Cherry Creek School District for 30 years.  With the transition of CELD’s programs to The Civic Canopy in March 2015, Jackie now directs professional development and student showcase activities for the Colorado We the People and Project Citizen Programs.  She is also the state outreach coordinator for iCivics, an online civic education program developed by retired Supreme Court Justice O’Connor.  Jackie continues to manage CELD’s webpage: lawanddemocracy.org.