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Written by Matthew Katz, The Alliance Center Programs Intern

The Alliance Center is pleased to partner with Girls Inc., an organization that explores and promotes the vitality of young women across the United States and Canada. Girls Inc. offers research-based programming, mentoring relationships and a pro-girl environment that allows participants to navigate gender, economic and social barriers.

The Alliance Center is lucky to welcome two dedicated high school students, Moudji and Shannon, to our team! Moudji, a sophomore from Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy, is an active member in performing arts and has a passion for creative dance. Moudji hopes to enhance her skills and knowledge in crime scene investigation sciences. Shannon, a sophomore from Lakewood High School, is a passionate piano player and singer. She hopes to turn this hobby into a full career in the music industry.

Both girls are conducting research for The Alliance Center’s exciting new project – our Climate+ Equity Toolkit. This toolkit is a top-down overview of the effects of climate change throughout Colorado at the county level. Moudji and Shannon are offering incredible assistance as they sort through data to evaluate how climate change will affect Colorado’s food and agricultural industries. Their goal is to map relationships between the effects of climate change against societal indicators and opportunities. The Alliance Center is extremely grateful to Moudji and Shannon and we can’t wait to share the final product with our community!

The Alliance Center is thrilled to announce Brenna Simmons-St. Onge, former Director of Programs, as our new Executive Director! Read more about the exciting transition in a letter from Brenna below.

Dear Friends,

Sustainability to me is more than a buzzword. It is not just recycling or installing LED lights. It is a set of values. It’s a lifestyle, one that honors the connectedness, finds balance, and strives for harmony in all systems — living and human generated.

The Alliance Center is sustainability in action. It is my great honor to step into the role of Executive Director and work with the amazing team who have been my close colleagues for the past three years to help create a truly sustainable and inclusive future. A future that works for all.

I joined The Alliance Center in 2015 after a very intentional career change. I had been working at the Brown Palace Hotel heading up their sustainability initiatives and wanted to find a place where I could have a deeper impact; where I could live and breathe sustainability — nothing less. After a ten-year career in the hospitality industry creating and leading sustainability programs for some of the premier hotel brands at the corporate and property level, I made a dramatic change in my professional life. I made it my mission to join the organization that is central to the sustainability movement in Colorado.

It is an honor beyond words to be working with our passionate and dedicated team and board, and collaborating with our extremely high-caliber tenants and partners. I feel a natural high every time I walk into The Alliance Center, and I can feel the energy seeped in passion, action and impact. To me, The Alliance Center is the most inspirational organization, housed in the most innovative building in Colorado. We are LEED V4.1 Platinum certified and are working to change the paradigm for how buildings interact with our energy grid, while driving collaborative solutions in our economy, our environment and our communities.

Over the last few years we have intentionally taken the time to clearly define our vision and the impact we want to make in the world, and we have developed a comprehensive strategy to achieve our lofty goals. We are now ready to implement our plan and help create a world where our communities are inclusive, our democracy is strong, our economy thrives, and our planet is healthy. 

The challenges we face today are existential and threaten our very survival. We simply do not have time for petty squabbles, partisan politics, tribalistic narratives, or 20th century band-aid solutions. Now is the time when we must come together in deep solidarity to co-create solutions for the 21st century and beyond.

I am elated to lead an organization that will play a mighty role in this paradigm shift. I personally invite you to join us on this journey. It will take each and every one of us, working together, to create the world we are proud to pass along to our children and grandchildren.

From the front lines of the sustainability movement, and with my deepest gratitude,

Brenna Simmons-St. Onge