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About us

The Next 100 Coalition of civil rights, environmental justice, conservation, community organizations, and leaders works for greater inclusion of diverse communities in our country’s national parks and other public lands. Inspired by the goals of the Next 100 Coalition, Next 100 Colorado is a BIPOC-led coalition of individuals, organizations, and vetted allies. We are the first chapter in the country to narrow the scope of a national initiative to state based policy and action. Next 100 Colorado is committed to a just and inclusive parks and public lands system.

We provide

A space where BIPOC leaders and allies who have demonstrated commitment to equity, justice, and inclusivity can find community and inspiration.

A vehicle through which members can collectively build an outdoor culture and industry that serves, celebrates, and centers the voices of those who have been intentionally excluded.

An opportunity for allies and accomplices to utilize their privilege, power, and access to amplify the work of members in an impactful, tangible, and supportive way.

Meet The Team

Gemara Gifford (she/her)

Doctoral Student, Colorado State University, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair

Tried out for American Idol in 2010

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Jerry Otero

Legislative and Policy Director, Grand Canyon Trust, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair

Lifelong hunter, angler, sneaker collector, foodie, habitual line stepper.

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Mira Barney

Executive Assistant (Western Resource Advocates); Program Assistant (Indigenous Women's Leadership Network)

Cat-loving goofy accordionist

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Casey Bries

Environmental Justice & Partnerships Manager, Ecoinclusive Strategies, LLC

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Simone Christopherson (she/her)

Partners Program Assistant, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

I love trying out new coffee shops and my favorite season is summer

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Claire Cutler
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Brittni Ehrhart-Gemmill (she/her)

Digital Marketing and Social Media Strategist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Glamorous outdoor adventurer

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Damián García

Volunteer Coordinator,

Environmental Learning for Kids

Mammals love me, reptiles excite me, birds heal me, and fish fear me.

Hannah George

Programs and Events Coordinator, Keep It Colorado

Dried shiitake mushrooms are my fave life hack

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Kristina Gray (she/her)

Director of Marketing & Communications, Environmental Learning for Kids

Unprofessional juggler

Andrea Kurth (she/her)

Outdoor Equity Advocate, Individual member


Acro Yoga pro

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Dominic Lucero

Executive Director, Colorado High Country Educational Treks AKA Colorado Treks

Blindfolded tether ball master champion

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Modesta McGrath-Martínez (she/her)

Program Manager, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO)

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Patrick Ortiz

Operations Director, San Luis Valley Great Outdoors

Global History and Culture nerd

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Juan Pérez Sáez (he/him/his)

Co-founder and Strategist, Intersecting Solutions


Immigrant, nature lover, hiker, and amateur salsa dancer.

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Alma Sanchez

Ph.D. Student, University of Colorado Boulder

Ecology buff, PhD student, Latino Outdoors leader, ice climbing noob.

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Jeremy Sifuentes

Workforce Development and ADA Accessibility Coordinator, Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Youth Mentor, Nature Lover, Career Pathfinder and Reality TV Junkie

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Jason Swann

Conservation Finance Program Director Intermountain West,

Trust for Public Land

Opportunities for All, Sunrise Chaser, and Serial Networker

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Jordan Williams (he/him)

Colorado Regional Representative, Continental Divide Trail Coalition

Trail explorer and doggy dad

Chris Talbot-Heindl (they/them)

Creator, Designer, Editor, and DEI Specialist. Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair


Writer and illustrator of trans-affirming educomics

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Sr. Manager, Renewable Energy, The Wilderness Society, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair

Football fan, LA Rams; enjoys camping and hiking

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Jacob Belgrad

Transportation Advocate, 


Cat lover and weather nerd

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Parker McMullen Bushman (they/she)

CEO / Founder, Ecoinclusive / Inclusive Guide

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist  Trainer | Speaker | Consultant

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Cindy Chang
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Severiano DeSoto

Energy Siting Policy Advisor,

Western Resource Advocates

Outdoors loving dad

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Aliyah Emita Santistevan (she/her)

Assistant Division Engineer, CO Division of Water Resources

Corgi Lover & 3-Day Eventer

Patricia Garcia-Nelson
(She / Her /Ella)

Colorado Fossil Fuel Just Transition Advocate, GreenLatinos Colorado

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Breanna González

Environmental Justice Supervisor, CDPHE 

Pop & Sports Culture Encyclopedia

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Dillon Hanson-Ahumada (he/him)

Conservation Project Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy 

People loving wildlife enthusiast

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Cally King

Senior Project Manager,

Keystone Policy Center

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Teresa Martinez

Executive Director, Continental Divide Trail Coalition

My hope is to share the stories that make people cry in a good way

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Rebeca Medrano

Protégete Strategic Partnerships Manager

Bread-making enthusiast and mediocre dancer

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Gabriel Otero

Director of Equitable Funding Policy, The Wilderness Society

Music enthusiast, coaches youth sports, enjoys reading and writing poetry

Hec Salas

Communications Consultant / Freelance Writer​


Basketball nerd

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Anna Sanchez (she/inaru/ella)

Talent Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Nature nerd and dog parent.

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Beatriz Soto

Protegete, Senior Director 

Climate and Environmental Justice Advocate, Architect, Artist, nature lover, Bruja, snowboarder, trail runner, Human kin

Ean Thomas Tafoya (he/him/el)

State Director, GreenLatinos Colorado

Radio DJ & Host, Human & Natural Rights, Born On Earth Day

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Kara Matsumoto

Policy Director, Conservation Lands Foundation, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair

Aerial silks enthusiast

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Maritza Arizaga (she/her/ella)

Equity & Community Engagement Manager, Western Resource Advocates

Nature lover and enthusiast - occasional llama-wrangler.

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Shanyce Billings

Social media manager, Ecoinclusive 

Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist  Trainer | Speaker | Consultant

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Jared Bynum

Individual member

Tracy Coppola (she/her)

Colorado Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)

Old tree and old dog fan

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Crystal Egli

CEO, Inclusive Guide


Ultra-liberal queer big-game hunter with unexpected aquatic athleticism.

Emma Galofré García (she/her/ella)

PhD Student at University of Colorado Boulder, Well-Being, Environment, Livelihoods, and Sustainability Group / Outings Leader at Latino Outdoors Colorado

Jessica Gelay
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Jessica Godinez (she/her/ella)

Conservation Program Manager, Hispanic Access Foundation

Movement loving suburban gardener doing life with a husband, two dogs and a whole flock of chickens

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Mallory Huggins

Senior Project Director,

Keystone Policy Center

Urban-outdoorsy city kid; loves to gab

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Shirena Trujillo Long

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Conservation Legacy

Avid outdoor fun maker, middle child, activista, from three of the Four Corners States.

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Mary McKean

Planning Specialist, National Park Service

Colorado bird nerd

Alicia Mountain (she/her)

Urban Nature-based Solutions Manager, National Wildlife Federation


Avid napper, walker of parks, concert goer.

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Loretta Pineda

Individual member, Founding Member


Semi- Retired

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Omar Sarabia 

Defiende Nuestra Tierra, Director

Street Taco enthusiast, cloud collector, love to snowboard and a veteran basketball player.

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Ian Sharkey

GIS Specialist, ERO Resources

Dancer, Hiker, mapmaker

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Jessie Sushinsky (she/her)

Conservation biologist, Vireo Conservation

Into birds, maps, and data/knowledge.

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Felipe Vieyra

Co-founder of Oso Adventure Meals

Coaches soccer for 3-4-year-olds.

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