Jane has always felt a deep connection to the natural world around her. This love of nature led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from University of Northern Colorado, followed by a master’s degree in the Climate Change and Society program at North Carolina State University. She has seen the impacts of a changing climate from coast to coast and has made it her mission to foster more sustainable and equitable communities through her work. After college, Jane moved to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon to improve the resilience of local rural communities and to assist in developing a COVID-19 recovery plan for economic districts across the state. She is excited to return to Colorado to support the trailblazing effort of the Regenerative Recovery Coalition. In her free time you will most likely find her exploring the outdoors with her husky in tow, listening to live music or hanging out at a local brewery.
Shawnee was called to join The Alliance Center team following a deep passion for all things creative, healing and regenerative. She brings with her 10+ years of experience as a workforce development professional and 20+ years as a community organizer and leader. Her unique combination of skills, well rounded areas of expertise and fiercely creative approach to problem solving motivated her to apply these energies to the exciting regenerative movement in Colorado.
Shawnee recently returned to Texas after living her dreams on the island of Kauai, where she studied and practiced sustainability and farming. Although nothing can replace the beaches of Hawaii, she is excited to call the mountains of Colorado her new home. Shawnee finds joy creating, spending time in the elements and immersing herself in any nearby body of water with her two brilliant daughters.
Valeria is fascinated about the interconnectedness of environmental issues and considers herself a global citizen. She has seen firsthand the innovative sustainability solutions created through the power of resiliency over her time traveling to 20 different countries all over the world. Valeria graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in ecosystem science and sustainability. Although she enjoyed working in science, she found her love in nonprofit work, and her path led her to The Alliance Center. Outside of work you can find her reading, planning her next big trip or daydreaming on a hammock.
An avid adventurer, Elizabeth is from Austin but has also called Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines and Chicago home. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Environmental and Urban Studies and minored in Creative Writing. During college, Elizabeth spent a summer traveling all over the Rocky Mountains with a conservation corps, which cemented her desire to pursue a career in sustainability. In her free time, Elizabeth likes to try new vegan restaurants, study foreign languages, write poetry and plan her next adventure.
Jason has always been attracted to market-based solutions to hard, important problems. This led him to pursue a degree in finance and economics before spending his early career focused on impact investing, microfinance and fair trade topics domestically and abroad. His international experiences in south and east Asia ultimately led him back home to focus on sustainability challenges in his home state. A LEED Accredited Professional, Jason oversaw The Alliance Center‘s award winning, LEED Platinum building renovation and has been responsible for maximizing the impact of The Alliance Center’s collaborative shared working space and green building efforts ever since. When not supporting The Alliance Center community, Jason is on the ground playing with his three young kids and getting outside the city limits as much as possible.
Gabriel has worked tirelessly to help the underprivileged to give back to those who do not experience life as many of us do. For twenty years, Gabriel worked in the utility industry as a marketing and communications executive, with direct focus on sustainability and renewable energy projects.
Gabriel has a passion for people and a passion for the planet. His work in philanthropy has come full-circle. Through the pandemic and with uncertainty at an all time high, Gabriel navigated the philanthropic space with digital marketing precision and has had success. He brings this passion for fundraising to the Alliance Center.
In his free-time Gabriel is a professional CrossFit Athlete and coach. He has participated in the CrossFit Games several times and continues to maintain a passion for health and well-being and a little fire breathing.
A storyteller at heart, Aly loves channeling her passion for equity and sustainability into creative, audience-centered marketing campaigns. Her love of all the ways people come together to make change led her to nonprofit work after starting her career in higher education communications. A transplant from the Midwest, Aly graduated from The University of Iowa with a degree in Communication Studies and Journalism. When she’s not working, you’ll find her secondhand shopping, in a barre or yoga studio, or enjoying nature with her two dogs.
Mariah has called Colorado home for most of her life and loves working to protect this incredible state. She spends each day supporting the work of our talented tenants and making The Alliance Center THE place to be. She is a problem-solver who loves thinking about the most efficient ways to get things done. In her downtime, Mariah enjoys knitting, sampling craft breweries and running, as well as going to the park or to the mountains with her husband and rescue pup.
Brenna Simmons-St. Onge
Brenna works day in and day out to create an equitable, inclusive and sustainable future. With a background in corporate social responsibility, she spent over 10 years developing and implementing sustainability programs for some of the world’s leading hotel brands. Her endless passion to create a better future drove her to the nonprofit realm. She has served on Denver Mayor‘s Sustainability Advisory Council as well as the University of Colorado’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council since 2014. Brenna was named one of the top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in 2015 and received the City of Denver’s Community Builder Sustainability Award in 2017. As a Colorado native, Brenna loves spending any free time she has in nature. From rock climbing to white water rafting, you name the outdoor activity, and there is a good chance of finding it on Brenna’s roll call for adventure.