One Colorado Announces Members of Strategic Assessment Group to Provide Guidance on Pathway to Marriage

As we lay the groundwork to secure the freedom to marry here in Colorado,Strategic Assessment Group One Colorado has assembled a temporary Strategic Assessment Group that will provide guidance and strategic feedback to One Colorado’s Board of Directors and the entire LGBT community regarding the pathway to marriage.

Looking at other states that have fought for marriage equality, one thing is certain: defeat is not a path to victory. And given the significant expense — financial, physical, and emotional — of a successful statewide campaign to win the freedom to marry, we know we must have a reasonable expectation of success in order to move forward.

With these important factors in mind, the Strategic Assessment Group — comprised of community leaders, grassroots supporters, campaign veterans, communications professionals, and coalition partners across the state — will review relevant data, research, and feedback from the community as it works to provide guidance on the process, timeline and resources needed to ensure the likelihood of victory.

Listed below are the members of the Strategic Assessment Group:

  • Cristina Aguilar, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights
  • Jeff Allen, Denver community leader
  • Anthony Aragon, Office of Mayor Michael B. Hancock
  • Mindy Barton, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
  • Linda Bush, Communications expert
  • Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Alan Cooper, Health care community leader
  • Vicki Cowart, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
  • Courtney Cuff, Gill Foundation
  • Ellen Dumm, Communications expert
  • David Ensign, Boulder County AIDS Project
  • Steve ErkenBrack, Grand Junction community leader
  • Daneya Esgar, Pueblo community leader
  • Jeff Fard, Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
  • Mark Ferrandino, Speaker of the Colorado House
  • Kirk Fordham, Gill Action Fund
  • Dede Frain, Babes Around Denver
  • Tim Gaudette, Denver Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign
  • Mark Grueskin, Constitutional law analyst
  • Rosemary Harris Lytle, NAACP Colorado
  • Phil Hayes, Colorado Federation of Labor
  • Jean Hodges, PFLAG Boulder County leader
  • Carrie Jackson, New Era Colorado
  • Arash Jahanian, Civil rights attorney
  • Leo Kattari, Transgender community leader
  • Scott Levin, Anti-Defamation League
  • Joseph Martinez, Business community leader
  • Amy McClintock, Durango community leader
  • Sharlea McMurtry, Business community leader
  • Olivia Mendoza, Colorado Latino Forum
  • Kristy Milligan, Citizens Project in Colorado Springs
  • Sarah Musick, Colorado Springs community leader
  • Shepard Nevel, Colorado Health Foundation
  • Rick Palacio, Colorado Democratic Party
  • Cindiman Pinneke, Durango community leader
  • Dan Robinson, Grand Junction community leader
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Office of Senator Michael Bennet
  • Casey Sadahiro, Grand Junction community leader
  • Alan Salazar, Office of Governor John Hickenlooper
  • Sue Schafer, State Representative
  • Jeremy Shaver, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
  • Janet Sherman, Jewish community professional
  • Roger Sherman, Denver community leader
  • Anna Simon, Denver community leader
  • Fran Simon, Denver community leader
  • Pat Steadman, State Senator
  • Kristin Strohm, Republican political consultant
  • Jake Swanton, Office of Senator Mark Udall
  • Faye Tate, Business community leader
  • Ted Trimpa, Political consultant
  • Darrell Vigil, Colorado AIDS Project
  • Julie Whitacre, Colorado Education Association
  • Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry
  • Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
  • Judy Zerzan, Health care community leader