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Our Story

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the national Next 100 Coalition recognized the opportunity to kick off the next century of conservation and stewardship in America — one that protects our public land heritage for all to access and enjoy. On January 12, 2017, President Obama provided guidance to our nation’s public lands agencies on increasing the diversity and inclusion of the histories, cultures, knowledge and people represented in our public lands systems and designated three new national monuments: Freedom Riders National Monument, Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Reconstruction Era National Monument. 


Next 100 Colorado was formed in 2017 by national members based in Colorado and is the first chapter specifically focused on statewide efforts. Next 100 Colorado focuses on workforce diversity (at land management agencies but also broadly across the conservation and outdoor recreation industries); ensuring equitable outdoor access for all people; and using our outdoor spaces to tell accurate, complex, uplifting, and healing stories about our state lands.

Meet The Team

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Kara Matsumoto

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

Aerial silks enthusiast

Tracy Coppola (she/her)

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

Owl spotting wiz

Hannah George

Conservation Program Coordinator, Individual Member

Cooperative housing resident and fan.

Andrea Kurth (she/her)

Outdoor Equity Advocate, Individual member


Acro Yoga pro

Hec Salas (he/him/el)

Communications Consultant / Freelance Writer​


Basketball nerd

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Beatriz Soto (she/her)

Protegete Director

Loves to snowboard with Joaquin, her 11 year old boy.

Chris Talbot-Heindl (they/them)

Communications and DEI Specialist, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair


Writes and illustrates trans-affirming educomics

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Jared Bynum

Individual member

Jessica Godinez (she/her/ella)

Conservation Program Manager, Hispanic Access Foundation

Suburban chicken mom

Ean Thomas Tafoya (he/him/el)

Colorado Field Organizer, GreenLatinos 

DJ that goes by the name

Mr. Denver

Omar Sarabia 

Defiende Nuestra Tierra, Director

Taco specialist

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Felipe Vieyra (he/him)

Co-founder of Oso Adventure Meals

Coaches soccer for 3-4-year-olds.

Gemara Gifford (she/her)

PhD student, Next 100 Colorado Co-Chair

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

Aspiring to build the backyard vegetable garden of her dreams

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Dillon Hanson-Ahumada (he/him)

Individual member

Had a pet sheep in my house growing up.

Juan Pérez Sáez (he/him/his)

Executive Director for Environmental Learning for Kids


Great salsa dancer

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Rosie Sanchez (she/her/ella)

Volunteer Coordinator at Boulder Climbing Community / Program Coordinator at Latino Outdoors Colorado

Birder of 15 years

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