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Candi CdeBaca

CO-FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Candi CdeBaca is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Project VOYCE, Reviver & 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 Politico, Fortune, Forbes, New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, 5280 Magazine, Planetizen and Canadian Broadcast Corporation. She has also authored and co-authored publications featured in the Denver Post, 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.

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Brea Zeise

CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brea first joined Project VOYCE as an AmeriCorps VISTA partner, and currently holds the role of Co-Executive Director, focusing on resource development, grant writing, organizational capacity-building, team support, internal operations, and administration. Brea grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota and received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing with minor in Sociology from James Madison University. Brea’s passion for social justice led her to join Chinook Fund’s grantmaking committee, The Giving Project, a new model to shift decision-making power in philanthropy. As a Giving Project member, Brea reviewed applications, conducted site visits, and helped disperse over $50,000 to grassroots, community-led social justice organizations in Colorado. When she’s not working, you’ll find Brea reading, watching documentaries, and obsessing over pugs (and all animals). She can be reached at breaz@projectvoyce.org

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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

SAVION HARRIS

YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL COORDINATOR

Savion Harris is from Aurora, CO and is a Freshman at Regis University-Northwest Campus. Savion was one of three students to sit on the innovation board at Aurora Central High School during his Junior Year, to help rebuild school atmosphere and reactivate student engagement. Savion joined Project VOYCE also during his Junior year serving as a youth lead at Aurora Central High School’s Project VOYCE chapter. Currently, Savion serves as the Youth Advisory Council Coordinator. He can be reached at savionharris20@gmail.com

CHERRIE QUINTANILLA

STUDENT VOICE, STUDENT VOTE INTERN

My name is Cherrie Quintanilla I am a 17 year old senior at Mapleton Early College High School. I am currently involved in two school sports. I play varsity for both softball and tennis. This year I will be co-captains with another team mate for tennis. I am very passionate about my sports and my school. I like to be the best student-athlete I can be. I am very excited and interested in being an intern at Project VOYCE because I love the organization and I personally want to do something similar around working with youth.

KAREN ACOSTA

YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL INTERN

My name is Karen Acosta, I am currently 18 years of age. I attend Mapleton Early College on Skyview Campus located in Thornton, Colorado. Wrestling is my passion, when I’m not studying most of the time I’m in the wrestling room. I am also in love with taking pictures, photography is such a beautiful thing. That is why I’m part of the yearbook club. What excited me most
about Project VOYCE is how we are involved with our community and how we speak what we think!