Project VOYCE Staff

Candi CdeBaca

Executive director

Candi CdeBaca is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project VOYCE, Founder & Member of Cross Community Coalition and Founder & Principal of Rebel Soul Strategies.   She is a Community Advocate in her home community of Northeast Denver. She has been featured as an influential leader and advocate by several publications and outlets including PoliticoFortuneForbesNew York TimesThe GuardianThe Atlantic5280 Magazine, and Canadian Broadcast Corporation. She has also authored and co-authored publications featured in the Nonprofit Quarterly and Equity Alliance. She is a fierce advocate for equity. CdeBaca has an unwavering commitment to ensuring increased participation of underrepresented groups in the political process and in leadership and decision-making roles across sectors.  

 

Brea Zeise

Co-Executive Director

Brea grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota and graduated from James Madison University majoring in marketing and minoring in sociology. First joining the organization as an AmeriCorps VISTA partner, Brea now currently holds the role Co-Executive Director at Project VOYCE, focusing on resource and organizational development, building capacity and moving significant funds to the organization. Brea has had a variety of professional and personal experiences. Brea created and implemented a successful crowdfunding campaign and was awarded $10,00 for a nonprofit client while participating in the Google Online Marketing Challenge. Brea also led an alternative spring break trip for a group of college students, facilitating discussion and critical reflection around issues of homelessness and addiction. She can be reached at breaz@projectvoyce.org

 

Angela Moran 

CoMmunity engagement director

Angela Moran is the Community Engagement Director for Project Voyce.  She received her Master’s in Public Affairs/Public Policy from the University Of Colorado School Of Public Affairs. Prior to joining the PV team, she developed over ten years of community engagement and youth development experience that led her to work for Oregon Partnership in Portland, Oregon where she graduated her coalition Community Action To Reduce Substance Abuse (CARSA) as a Drug Free Communities (DFC) grantee while becoming an Ambassador for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) located in Washington, DC, Pikes Peak United Way, Junior Achievement, and more. Her work has been recognized by the Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske while working on the nationally recognized Above the Influence Campaign (ATI). Her group SMASH – Students Making Ads for Social Health – was given the annual Public Safety Award for project work aimed at reducing drug use. Her work on Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) was recognized by several county commissioners, police bureaus, and community members. She is a member of several community based groups with focus on service and outreach which include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Young Education Professionals, Mile High Young Professionals, Colorado Black Health Collaborative, Colorado Black Women for Political Action, and more.  She can be reached at angela@projectvoyce.org

 

 

Sylvie Lerner

EQUITY & JUSTICE DIRECTOR 

Sylvie is a Denver native and a graduate of East High School. She became politicized through her time at American University (Washington, DC) where she received a BA in Sociology and a minor in Spanish. Through her time in college, Sylvie had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad in Mexico (Chiapas, Tlaxcala, and Mexico City) where she and the other members had the privilege of learning from three different social movements working to create autonomy and alternative realities, among them being the Zapatista movement. Sylvie has worked for DC Public Schools and has worked as an Organizing Apprentice for ONE DC (Organizing Neighborhood Equity) where she learned more about the displacement of longtime residents of color to large scale development and luxury housing. After moving back to Denver in 2015, Sylvie has worked as an Organizing Apprentice for a worker’s union, and helped negotiate and win a union at a large hotel in Denver, also participating in the ratification of a new contract that is more equitable and just for service workers. Sylvie comes to Project VOYCE after working with students at North High School and is excited to represent PV as the Equity and Justice Director fueled by Paolo Freire’s theory of popular education and humanizing spaces for young people.  She can be reached at sylvie@projectvoyce.org

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