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 U.S. 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.
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 Marketing & Business Development
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.
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.
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.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Kenzie joined the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado in fall 2016 and is excited to take on the role of Marketing & Communications Coordinator. 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. 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.
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.