Conservation Colorado Team

Executive Leadership Team

Kelly Nordini

Executive Director

Kelly has been at the forefront of Colorado politics and conservation policy for over two decades. Having started her career as a Colorado campus organizer working on climate change, she has played a pivotal role in the conservation movement by leading efforts to advance clean energy, transform our transportation sector and elect environmental champions to office. Her wealth of experience in politics and public policy has played a role in some of Colorado’s largest environmental successes including the expansion of our light rail system, increased renewable energy standards and investment in clean energy jobs. As Conservation Colorado’s Executive Director, she will lead to protect our Colorado way of life for our children’s future and the legacy that we owe them. She lives in Denver with her husband and two daughters.

Email: kelly@conservationco.org
Denver

Jessica Goad

Deputy Director

Jessica joined our team in 2016 and is a Colorado native from Golden. Before coming here, Jessica worked at the Center for Western Priorities, Center for American Progress, and The Wilderness Society. Favorite spot in Colorado: The deserts of Western Colorado.

Email: jessica@conservationco.org
Denver
Hablo Español

Advocacy Team

Katie Belgard

Government Affairs Director

A New Hampshire native Katie has spent the last 10 years working in the labor movement in Boston. She joined the team in 2019 and is excited to bridge her experience in labor and social justice organizing with the environmental movement here in Colorado. Favorite spot in Colorado: Mountains outside of Redstone, preferably on horseback.

Luke Schafer

West Slope Director

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Hailing from Michigan, Luke started working with us in 2004 and previously worked for Colorado Environmental Coalition. Favorite spot in Colorado: Anywhere on the “Best Slope”.

Email: luke@conservationco.org 
Phone: 970-824-5241
Craig

Sophia Mayott-Guerrero

Energy & Transportation Advocate

Sophia joined our team in 2015 and is from Alamosa, Colorado. Before starting here she worked at The Chautauqua and The Boys and Girls Club of the SLV. Favorite spot in Colorado: The Huerfano Valley.

Email: sophia@conservationco.org
Phone: 719-588-8851
Denver
Hablo Español

Scott Braden

Wilderness & Public Lands Advocate

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Hailing from Georgia, Scott started with us in 2013 and previously worked for Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Favorite spot in Colorado: 40.527490, -108.984923.

Email: scott@conservationco.org 
Phone: 720-530-7473
Grand Junction

Josh Kuhn

Water Advocate

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Josh started his work with us in 2015. Josh worked as a consultant for The Wilderness Society and as Conservation Fellow at the Colorado Mountain Club before joining our team. Favorite spot in Colorado: A tent under the stars, near a river, and far away from any roads.

Email: josh@conservationco.org 
Denver

Communications Team

Garrett Garner-Wells

Communications Director

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Garrett joined the Conservation Colorado team in 2019. Previously, he served as state director for Environment Colorado. Favorite spot in Colorado: the Arkansas River Valley.

Email: garrett@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-605-3483
Denver

 

Camila Navarrette

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Camila started working with us in 2018. She previously worked for the National Wildlife Federation and Denver Art Museum. Favorite spot in Colorado: Red Rocks. 

Email: camila@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-454-3320
Denver

Asheton Gilbertson

Strategic Communications Coordinator

Originally from Bellingham, Washington, Asheton started working with us in 2018. She previously worked as a researcher and tutor. Favorite spot in Colorado: Paint Mines.

Tyler Nuckols

Digital Communications Coordinator

 

Originally from South Padre Island, Texas, Tyler joined our team in 2018. He previously worked as Communications Manager for a conservation-based NGO and elephant sanctuary in Cambodia. Favorite spot in Colorado: Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Email: tyler@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6718
Denver

Development Team

Mary Perkins

Development Director

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mary joined our team in 2019. She previously worked as the Public and Donor Relations Director at Engineers Without Borders. Mary brings close to fifteen years of experience connecting investors to real impact. Favorite spot in Colorado: Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.

Email: mary@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6703
Denver

Grace Randazzo

Fundraising and Events Manager

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From Brea, CA, Grace joined us in 2015. She previously worked as a Professional Research Assistant at the at the University of Colorado Anschutz. She is a published scientific author and the co-president of the Denver Vanderbilt Chapter. Favorite spot in Colorado: Grand Lake.

Julia Liao

Grants Manager

Julia joined our team in 2019 after the mountains called her back to Colorado. She was previously an environmental psychologist who studied the human factor in sustainability and conservation. Favorite spot in Colorado: Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Membership Team

Lilly Zoller

Membership and Online Engagement Manager

Lilly hails from Michigan and joined our team in 2013. Previously, Lilly worked as a Development Fellow for GRID Alternatives. Favorite spot in Colorado: Crested Butte.

Katie Kirdahy

Membership and Online Engagement Coordinator

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Katie joined our team in 2017, and is originally from Seattle, Washington. Before starting with us, Katie worked with the City of Spokane’s Environmental Programs Department, served two AmeriCorps terms, and most recently worked as Volunteer Coordinator at the Nisqually Land Trust in Washington. Favorite spot in Colorado: Garden of the Gods.

Operations and Finance Team

Nikki Riedt

Operations and Finance Director

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Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Nikki started working at Conservation Colorado in 2013. She previously worked as the Director of State Administration for the Public Interest Network. Favorite place in Colorado: Red Rocks.

Hannah Fuhlendorf

Executive Assistant/Office Manager

Hannah is from Denver, Colorado and started working with us in 2015. Before joining us, Hannah worked as Assistant House Director at Still Waters Housing in Denver. Favorite spot in Colorado: Cheesman Park, Denver.

Desiree Madrid

Finance & Human Resources Administrator

Originally from El Paso TX, Desiree joined the Conservation Colorado team in 2019. Previously, she worked in finance. Favorite spot in Colorado: the Arkansas River Valley.

Organizing Team

Patrick Massaro

Organizing and Political Director

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Patrick joined our team in 2011. He previously worked at Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Conservation Voters, and the League of Conservation Voters. Favorite spot in Colorado: Mile High Stadium.

Juan C. Gallegos

Protégete Director

Juan is a first generation immigrant from Chihuahua, Mexico. On July 4th, 2001 he arrived in Nebraska were his family settled. He previously worked as the Managing Director of CIRC Action Fund, an immigrant rights organization. His favorite thing about Colorado is being able to live in a mid-size city that has almost everything, plus being only a few minutes away from the mountains and all that they offer.

Email: juan.gallegos@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6731
Hablo Español
Denver

Sarah McCarthy

West Slope Field Manager

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Sarah is a Colorado native from Grand Junction, and she joined our team in 2016. Favorite spot in Colorado: The nooks and crannies of any sandstone canyon.

Email: sarah@conservationco.org
Phone: 970-243-0002
Grand Junction

Aly Ferrufino-Coqueugniot

Front Range Field Manager

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Aly started her work with us in 2017 as a Protégete Community Organizer and is a Denver native. Before joining us, she worked for Workplace Resource as a Project Coordinator. Favorite spot in Colorado: The Great Sand Dunes.

Email: alicia@conservationco.org 
Denver
Hablo Español

Patricia Ferrero

Protégete Organizing Manager

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Patricia joined us in 2015. She previously worked as a Family Aid Coordinator for Mayan Families. Favorite spot in Colorado: Mesa Verde.

Email: patricia@conservationco.org 
Denver
Hablo Español

Beau Kiklis

COBA Program Lead

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Originally from Westerly, Rhode Island, Beau joined our team in 2017. He previously worked at the Wyss Foundation as a Program Assistant. Favorite spot in Colorado: Tim’s Lane, San Juan Mountains.

Renée Larrarte

Front Range Field Organizer

Renée is from Fort Collins and started here in 2014. Renée previously worked for the Obama Presidential Reelection Campaign as a Campaign Field Organizer for Larimer County.  She is also the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Lobby of CO, working to protect women and families here in her home state by advocating and lobbying for gender equity across intersectional issues at the state Capitol.  Favorite spot in Colorado: Pingree Park.

Finangi Manganez

Protégete Community Organizer

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Hailing from Caracas,Venezuela, Finangi started with us in 2016. Previously, Finangi was the owner of Kaimira Catering and the Co-Founder SOS Venezuela Denver. Favorite spot in Colorado: Garden of the Gods.

Email: finangi@conservationco.org 
Denver
Hablo Español

Noe Orgaz

Protégete Community Organizer

From Los Angeles, California, Noe joined our team in 2018. Previously, he worked at YouthBuild Charter School of California and YouthBuild USA. His goal is to empower others to stand up against injustice and be leaders for poor communities. Favorite spot in Colorado: Red Rocks

Email: noe@conservationco.org
Denver
Hablo Español

Issamar Pichardo

Protégete Community Organizer

Issamar joined our team in 2018, she considers herself a citizen of the world. She previously worked as a research assistant for NCAR and did quality control for USGS. She loves to travel around the world and learn about new cultures. Favorite spot in Colorado: Great Sand Dunes.

Email: Issamar@conservationco.org
Denver

Erin Riccio

Field Organizer

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Erin hails from Morrison, Colorado, and started working with us in 2017. She previously worked for Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos as a Grant Writer. Favorite spot in Colorado: Lizard Head Wilderness.

Email: erin@conservationco.org 
Grand Junction
Hablo Español

Jenny Gaeng

Field Organizer

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Jenny joined our team in 2018. Jenny previously worked with the Continental Divide Trail Coalition. Jenny is an avid writer and long distance hiker. Favorite spot in Colorado: Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

Email: jenny@conservationco.org
Phone: 303-405-6721
Denver

Ian Roche

Field Organizer

Growing up in Evergreen, Colorado, Ian joined Conservation Colorado in 2018. He has worked in veterinary clinics, on ranches, and for Colorado Parks and Wildlife while always holding the natural world in the highest regard. Favorite spot in Colorado: Flattops Wilderness Area.

Email: ian@conservationco.org
Grand Junction

Jennifer Trevizo Torres

Pueblo Community Organizer

Jennifer joined our team in December 2018. She is a Pueblo native. She volunteered and worked for both Mi Familia Vota and the League of Conservation Voters. In April she led our voter registration work in Pueblo as the Voter Registration Director. She is looking forward to empowering the Pueblo Community. In her free time, she loves to read.  Her favorite place in Colorado is Pagosa Springs.

Email: Jennifer@conservationco.org
Pueblo