Most of you already know Daniel from the tremendous work he’s done at One Colorado for the past five and a half years. Before being named One Colorado’s Executive Director, Daniel built our safe schools program, served as Political Director, and – most recently – served as our Deputy Executive Director. During Daniel’s time at One Colorado, he has been instrumental in so many of the organization’s victories including bringing the freedom to marry to Colorado, creating the 4th largest Gay Straight Alliance network in the country, launching a groundbreaking joint organizing project with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, and building our supporter base to include over 60,000 LGBTQ people and allies in every corner of our state.
For Daniel, our mission of building a fair and just Colorado is personal. He grew up in the northern Colorado town of Sterling – later graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder and getting his Masters of Public Administration at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs. Daniel knows how hard we have all worked together to advance equality in our state, and knows our work is not yet finished. From making sure every LGBTQ young person feels safe, welcome, and empowered to make change in their school, to creating a state that affirms the lives and experiences of transgender people, defeating religious exemption proposals that would turn back our victories, and addressing issues of immigration reform, homelessness, a living wage, paid family leave, reproductive health, and voter disenfranchisement – these are just some of the things we must do to make sure no part of our community is left behind.
Daniel has the experience and determination to take on One Colorado’s hefty to-do list and hit the ground running as we continue our march toward full equality. He also will be able to count on all of us – the board, staff, volunteers, and supporters who make up the One Colorado family – to be there with him as we tackle the next challenges.
We look forward to celebrate this critical step forward for One Colorado and our entire community.
Bill Mead and Mark Thrun, Co-Chairs
One Colorado Board of Directors