Our Staff Members

One Colorado’s statewide staff works out of offices in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Grand Junction to effectively advocate for the needs and priorities of LGBT Coloradans from across the state. Our Executive Director, Political & Organizing Director, Communications Director, Development Director, Health Policy Director, Denver Field Organizer, Safe Schools Coordinator, Development and Accounting Associate, and Communications & Digital Media Coordinator are based in Denver — while field offices are run by regional organizers. Meet the staff:

Dave Montez

Dave Montez

Dave Montez is the Executive Director of One Colorado and One Colorado Education Fund, overseeing the development and strategic advancement of both organizations’ vision and overall mission. Prior to joining the One Colorado team, Dave served as the acting president of GLAAD. During his tenure there – where he also served as Chief of Staff –Read more >>

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos

Daniel Ramos is the Political and Organizing Director, leading One Colorado’s work to mobilize, educate, and engage the LGBT community around important issues. Before taking on this role, Daniel served as Director of Safe & Inclusive Schools, managing our safe schools program. Prior to joining One Colorado, Daniel served as an Organizer for the StonewallRead more >>

Heidi Jeanne Hess

Heidi Jeanne Hess

Heidi Jeanne Hess is the Western Slope Field Organizer for One Colorado, coordinating the organization’s grassroots efforts, developing diverse coalitions, and bridging gaps within LGBT communities in Grand Junction and along the Western Slope. Heidi is relatively new to Colorado, having moved to the Western Slope in 2009 from North Dallas, Texas. Born and raisedRead more >>

Jon Monteith

Jon Monteith

Jon Monteith is the Communications Director for One Colorado, leading the organization’s strategic communications, messaging efforts, and online and social media campaigns. Before heading west to join the One Colorado team in March of 2013, Jon served as a speechwriter at the Democratic National Committee during President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. As a member ofRead more >>

Keri Smith

Keri Smith

Kerianne Smith is the Safe Schools Coordinator for One Colorado, leading the organization’s efforts to ensure that LGBTQ students in Colorado have the opportunity to attend a safe and affirming school where they feel respected, supported, and empowered. She travels across the state training educators and working with young people empowering their voices through organizationsRead more >>

Lia Sperandeo

Lia Sperandeo

Lia Sperandeo is the Denver Field Organizer for One Colorado, helping to build strong and lasting coalitions and coordinating the organization’s grassroots efforts in Denver to secure and protect equality and opportunity for LGBT Coloradans. Prior to joining One Colorado, Lia worked with Organizing for America, where she helped coordinate phone banks, voter registration drives,Read more >>

Nina Esch

Nina Esch

Nina Esch is the Development and Accounting Associate for One Colorado, coordinating the organization’s fundraising, event planning, and finances. Prior to joining the One Colorado team, Nina was an active volunteer with the organization. Nina was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in InstrumentalRead more >>

Sara Grossman

Sara Grossman

Sara Grossman is the Communications & Digital Media Coordinator for One Colorado, assisting in the strategic communications, social media, and messaging efforts for the organization. Before joining the One Colorado team, she began her marketing and writing career as a freelance copywriter and social media manager for many different companies around the country. Most recently, sheRead more >>