Interim Executive Director
Jason offers a unique combination of visionary insight and grounded skill. He is a versatile business leader with a proven career focus on inspiring the conditions for peak performance. Jason brings 30+ years experience in general management, strategic planning, business development, and financial analysis. For the last several years, Jason has been an independent business consultant, supporting numerous organizations with strategic planning, financial modeling, and interim/part-time executive management. In this role, Jason has served as interim CEO for a solar design and installation company, fractional CFO for a utility-scale solar construction company, and business advisor to companies in the fields of energy efficiency, building performance, natural foods, and technology.
Jason is also the Founder and CEO of Being Imaginal, an organization dedicated to supporting those called to bring forth the technologies, systems, and ways of living that support a regenerative world. Under this umbrella, Jason delivers transformational coaching and leadership programs to assist clients in bringing their visions into form.
Vice President of Operations
Jason oversees all aspects of The Alliance Center to ensure it fulfills its mission as a hub of collaboration, enabling all of its tenants and partners to be more effective. Jason also carries a role as the point person for all technology needs; this involves managing The Alliance Center’s shared internet, phone and printing services as well as the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado’s website, database and IT infrastructure. Jason has administered microcredit loan programs for Denver entrepreneurs, explored fair trade and international development first hand in South and Southeast Asia, and assisted his family business in caring for elderly individuals with dementia. He is a firm believer that our society must establish a deeper sense of community and accountability and looks forward to working towards expanding this view across the state. As a Colorado native, Jason loves the beauty and simplicity of the outdoors and welcomes any opportunity to get outside the city limits. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Finance/Economics, and was two courses short of an Information Systems degree.
Vice President of Programs
Jacob Smith serves as the Vice President of Programs for the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. Jacob returned to Colorado to join the Alliance staff after a stint working as a climate and energy staffer in the U.S. Senate. Prior roles have included serving as the mayor of Golden, Colorado and as the Executive Director of Center for Native Ecosystems. He is also a former member of the board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments and the executive committee of the Denver Metro Mayors Caucus, and he was a member of Transportation Committee of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Transition Team. He is also the co-author of The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit.
Director of Building Operations
Chris is excited to be serving as the lead for the daily operations and maintenance of the building to ensure it is living up to its mission as a high performance commercial building for its tenants and visitors. Prior to joining the Alliance, Chris had a very successful and diverse career working in industries including Real Estate Development and Construction Retail along with a short period with a nonprofit organization responsible for summer education programs for grade school students. It was in this later role which Chris was the founding member and chair of the company’s Sustainability Committee, responsible for improving green initiatives within the company’s leased office space. Chris possesses a degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Business from Virginia Tech and also has his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate credential. Growing up in West Virginia and starting his professional career in the Washington, DC area, Chris and his family relocated to the Denver area in 2012 as a means to improve their quality of life and enjoy everything Colorado has to offer.
Ashley Lovell, Ph.D.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Ashley is thrilled to lead the marketing and communications department for the Alliance. She joined the Alliance in April, 2017 after working in Austin, Texas for the past few years. Ashley brings her passion for compelling storytelling, community-building, and strategic communications to her position at the Alliance. She envisions and implements the Alliance’s marketing, outreach, and communications content and strategies, helping the Alliance to grow our impact and the collective impact of our tenants and larger sustainability community in Colorado. Ashley holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sociology and a Masters degree in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. When she isn’t dreaming up new blog posts and sharing sustainability stories, Ashley loves to go hiking with her husband John, baby Harrison, and rescue dog, Dakota.
Brenna St. Onge
Brenna joined the Alliance in the summer of 2015, and is honored to serve as the Program Director. Through collaboration with Alliance staff, tenants and community partners she is responsible for ensuring The Alliance Center lives up to its mission of being the Hub for Sustainability in Colorado. Brenna manages programs and events aiming to advance collaboration, increase synergies, catalyze innovation and broaden the conversation around sustainability for Alliance Center tenants and the wider Colorado community. Brenna also serves on the City of Denver Office of Sustainability Advisory Council, as well as the UC Denver Business School Sustainability Advisory Council. She is a co-founder of both the Colorado Chapter for Conscious Capitalism and Conscious Cocktails, and she was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals of 2015” by Colorado Biz Magazine. Before joining the Alliance, Brenna developed and implemented comprehensive sustainability programs for hotels from Hawaii to Colorado. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor’s of Science in Travel Industry Management with an emphasis in Sustainable Business.
Business Development Manager
Kristen Leary is excited to be supporting the Alliance’s development and relationship building activities. Kristen comes to the Alliance with extensive experience in office administration, data analysis and multimedia reporting, having worked as a geo spatial-intelligence analyst for the federal government. A Brown University graduate, she is an accomplished pianist and avid outdoor enthusiast. Kristen moved to Denver in the summer of 2014 with her husband and two cats after years of visiting for snowboarding trips. When she’s not working, you can probably find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen, backpacking in the mountains or plotting her next trip.
Director of Tenant Services
Mariah assists with various programs and projects at the Alliance, providing support with administrative tasks from data entry to coordinating meetings. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 with a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish, but her focus has always been on sustainability. She previously worked at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on their annual Walk MS Denver event and at the Center for Sustainability on the DU campus. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with loved ones.
Dani has been with the Alliance since January 2014 and has held various roles on the Programs Team. Currently, Dani serves as the Events Manager and is responsible for events in The Alliance Center community and around Colorado. Born and raised in Iowa, Dani moved to Colorado for school and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her B.A. in Geography Education and Psychology. She also has a Masters of Applied Science Degree from the University of Denver in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Policy and is currently finishing certificates in Project Management and Six Sigma Lean & Change Management. When she’s not at work, Dani enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fostering puppies with Bounce Rescue, kickboxing and being with her four-legged child, Roxie.
Tenant & Visitor Services Coordinator
Allison’s career mantra has always been to protect our planet by educating and inspiring human beings to become better environmental stewards. That’s what drew her to the Alliance, where collaboration and movement happen every day. She is thrilled to have turned her Programs Internship into the role of Tenant & Visitor Services Coordinator, where she services events, collects and analyzes event metrics, manages the Statewide Sustainability Calendar and otherwise jumps in to assist where needed. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University in May 2015 with a tongue-twister of a degree title: Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. If you want to get her talking, ask about traveling Sweden, synchronized swimming, or how she feels about people feeding wildlife in national parks (don’t do it!). She is a true Denver native, enjoying the taste of locally brewed beer, the sound of chirping chickadees, the feeling of a cold wind while skiing moguls, the sight of the morning sun on the mountains and the smell of fresh forests on a hike.