Our Board of Directors

Candace Johnson
Candace is a Denver based community organizer and trainer. Currently she is employed as The Community Partner for the Denver Metro Area for The Colorado Trust, where she supports and resources community led projects and campaigns. Before starting at The Trust, Candace was the organizing director at Colorado Jobs with Justice and a Local Coordinator for Food and Water Watch. Candace is passionate about traveling, good food and spending time with good friends.

Celina Esekawu
Celina works at Sister Carmen Community Center (SCCC) in Lafayette. At SCCC, she facilitates a family leadership program (FLTI), coordinates a fitness/nutrition/social justice afterschool program, and initiated a people of color discussion group. Celina also supports efforts in regenerative design, social justice, and youth leadership. This includes being co-chair of Empowerment Center of East County (EC)2, which nurtures East Boulder county youths’ desires for social change through art, leadership, and civic engagement. She received her Permaculture Design certificate in April 2016 and continues her involvement in permaculture-centered projects including co-developing a CSA in Erie, Co. She has received trainings in racial and social justice, arts for social change, and currently is pursuing a certification in yoga for POC. Celina graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2013 with a MA in Community Art education with an emphasis in social justice and graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2008 with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Spanish.

Jordan T Garcia
Jordan T. Garcia, 36, is the Immigrant Ally Organizing Director for Coloradans For Immigrant Rights, a project of the American Friends Service Committee. He served on the board of directors for the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training and the Chinook Fund, member of the Funding Exchange. Jordan contributes to the LUZ Reproductive Justice Think Tank and did outreach for the Underground Syringe Exchange Denver (USED). He believes that community organizing for systemic change can and will lead us to liberation. Jordan uses an anti-oppression lens to do leadership development in our movements for justice. Jordan was born in San Antonio, TX, grew up in Kansas City, KS and moved to Colorado in 1998. He graduated from Colorado  College in 2002 with a B.A. in International Political Economy with an emphasis on Urban Studies. A sensitive Cancer, Jordan enjoys cooking with friends, riding his bike, planning for the post revolution industrial collapse and hopes to one day become a better bee farmer.

Michelle DeMont
Michelle DeMont of the Lakota Sioux and Muscokee Creek nations is a developing film/media producer and screenwriter enrolled at the Colorado Film School at the Community College of Aurora. Michelle’s passion for social justice has afforded her the opportunity to serve on the CCA’s Inclusive Excellence Committee Leadership team and as president of CCA’s Inclusive Excellence Student Council. She also worked as a producer and production manager during Democracy Spring. Michelle was also a key member in the development of the Colorado Film School’s television platform, CFS TV, and served as the Student-At-Large board member for WIFMCO, Women in Film and Media in Colorado. She was also involved with NVCD actions at Occupy the DNC, 350 Colorado, and the water protection movement of Standing Rock.

Pavlos Stavropoulos
Founder 
Born and raised in Greece, Pavlos grew up bilingual and bicultural. Before moving to Colorado Pavlos served on the board of the Oregon Public Interest Research Group, and was the publications coordinator and also served at the board at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont. Since moving to Colorado he has served as the publications coordinator for the Fourth World Center, been the publisher and associate editor of Society and Nature/Democracy & Nature, the international journal of political ecology, and taught at Escuela Tlatelolco. His decades of experience in environmental and wilderness education include being a Wilderness First Responder, a certified permaculture designer and instructor, a Project Learning Tree facilitator, academic work in environmental studies/social ecology, indigenous studies and wilderness ethics, and a Masters in Community Education. Pavlos has been a street medic and community organizer and has trained community members as street medics, legal observers, copwatchers and has done trainings in non-violence, know-your-rights, community organizing, and health and safety for actions. He is a certified small water systems operator and the father of three.

Roshan Bliss
Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Roshan moved to Denver in 2010. He has been active in several local, national, and international movements, especially those focused on educational transformation, economic justice, and racial equity. He is passionate about creating democratic communities, fighting for the rights of young people, and to ensuring that future generations to inherit a healthy, sustainable planet and society. Roshan is a trained mediator, facilitator, and community organizer, and he has a background as an inclusivity and anti-oppression trainer. He has visited a dozen different countries for travel, study, and movement work, is fluent in Spanish, and is a lover of philosophy.

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  • Littleton Office: 5590 S. Windermere St. Suite H | Littleton, CO 80120
  • Center Location: 2584 N. State Hwy 67 | Sedalia, CO 80135
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1253 | Littleton, CO 80160