Dr. Jeffrey Su has had a diverse career in the Conservation, Education, and Sustainability fields. He has worked as a Non-Profit Executive, Professor, Researcher, Environmental Educator, Sustainability Consultant, Counselor and Coach in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA. Jeff brings more than 16 years of experience helping mission driven organizations to grow, diversify their funding streams and increase their community impact to the Alliance. He has published in peer-reviewed scientific and education journals and has also served on the board of directors for multiple state, national and international organizations. Jeff holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine, a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts and certificate in Holistic Counseling from Sophia College, Australia.
jsu at sustainablecolorado dot org
Alliance Center Director
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.
jpage at sustainablecolorado dot org
Business Development Director
Brenda Roush has more than 30 years of resource development experience in professional and volunteer capacities. Since moving to Denver in 1993 she has worked with NARAL Pro Choice Colorado, SafeHouse Denver and The Gathering Place. Currently she serves on the boards of Community Shares of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Dart Association. Committed to best practices in development work, Brenda has served on the Colorado Chapter board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, chaired the Rocky Mountain Philanthropy Institute annual conference and monthly facilitates AFP Coffee Chat bringing together new and seasoned fundraising professionals to collaboratively tackle challenges. She received her B.A from Washington University with an Architecture major and Peace Studies minor. She received the internal accreditation of Certified Fundraising Professional in 2001, 2004 and 2007. Many weekends you can find Brenda and her wife Renee somewhere around the U.S. competing in darts competitions. Ranked among the top ten women dart players in the nation, Brenda has represented the U.S. in Ireland, England, Canada, Trinidad, Belize and The Bahamas.
broush at sustainablecolorado dot org
Jacob Smith serves as the Programs Director 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.
jsmith at sustainablecolorado dot org
Alliance Center Manager
Chris is excited to be joining the Alliance, 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.
cbowyer at sustainablecolorado dot org
Christi is a freelance writer, photographer, filmmaker and communications specialist who wraps her professional life around a deep commitment to sustainability. She turned a BA in international affairs & foreign languages from Lewis & Clark College into more than seven years working in sustainable development programming in Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania, starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer and ending as Education & Outreach program manager for Blue Ventures Conservation. In between, she co-led an overseas studies trip to East Africa for her alma mater, managed an eco-lodge in a Madagascar rainforest, taught teens to produce films on local conservation and development issues, produced radio programs for rural education and conservation, and built a solar-powered radio station. Using radio, photography and film as development program tools led her to a master’s in journalism & mass communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she could deepen her love and hone her skills for multimedia storytelling. As a communications specialist, she’s worked primarily with a fair trade chocolate company; as a journalist, she writes about sustainability and development, climate and policy, and more, and she’s excited to have a 2015 and 2016 Top of the Rockies award under her hat. The Rhode Island native has lived and worked in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Norway, Kenya, Tanzania, the UK, and four U.S. states, but Colorado feels like home.
cturner at sustainablecolorado dot org
Brenna St. Onge
Hub Programs Manager
Brenna joined the Alliance in the summer of 2015, and is honored to serve as Events and Community Engagement Manager. 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 for The Alliance Center and the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, 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.
bstonge at sustainablecolorado dot org
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.
kleary at sustainablecolorado dot org
Events & Programs Coordinator
Dani has been with the Alliance since January 2014 and has held various roles on the Programs Team. Currently, Dani serves as the Events and Programs Coordinator 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 BA 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.
dorth at sustainablecolorado dot org
Alliance Center Coordinator
As the Alliance Center Coordinator, 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.
mshell at sustainablecolorado dot org
Kenzie joined the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in fall 2016 and is excited to take on the role of marketing assistant. Kenzie is a freelance photographer and communications specialist, who loves all forms of visual communication and multimedia storytelling. Nonprofit organizations and the environment are two of Kenzie’s passions, and she is enthusiastic to be creating and marketing engaging material that furthers public conversations about sustainability. Before joining the Alliance team, Kenzie was the manager of communications and multimedia at The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International in Atlanta, where she produced and marketed stories across multiple platforms for an environmental nonprofit. In this role, she was able to travel to Rwanda, and her most memorable assignment includes producing a video story about gorilla trackers. Kenzie is a Chicago native and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in photojournalism and a minor in English. When she is not working, Kenzie can usually be found going somewhere with a camera (and coffee) in hand, running or traveling with friends.
kbruce at sustainablecolorado dot org
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 Programs Assistant, 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.
areser at sustainablecolorado dot org
Marianne joined Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in 2016 to support its development and outreach activities. As part of the development team, she helps implement the Alliance’s business development strategies to enhance and support the mission of the organization. Marianne has cross-sector experience in advancing sustainability, including working for a corporate sustainability consulting firm, a think tank dedicated to furthering sustainable development and several nonprofits and social enterprises such as the Urban Land Institute, Bioneers and Entrepreneurs for Sustainability. She serves on the boards of the Sears-Swetland Foundation, which focuses on urban sustainability, Case’s Center for Environmental Health and the Dartmouth Association of the Rocky Mountains. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, has MAs in City and Regional Planning and in Public Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University, and a certificate in Social Sector Leadership from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. When she’s not in the office, she’s out enjoying Colorado’s beautiful landscape and writing her first novel.
meppig at sustainablecolorado dot org