Mark moved to Boulder in 1994. He has since married, raised two daughters and one [extra] small dog, and been fortunate enough to enjoy everything Colorado offers with all of them. Growing up in Latin America, his interests in politics began as a boy, when he witnessed the social and economic injustices endemic to the region. He graduated from The College of William and Mary and focused his studies on Political Economy – how economics and politics meet in the struggle for power.
Mark has experience in both the private and public sectors, serving at VP and Director levels in the data/technology industry and in the operations and intelligence communities of the U.S. Air Force and other government agencies. His operational experience includes more than 200 combat hours in the F-15C as a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. His intelligence experience ranged from the tactical to the strategic level, including as expert advisor to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and as interim Operations Officer of the Pacific Air Intelligence Squadron.
Mark’s 35 years in the martial arts led him to Naropa University and mindfulness/mental fitness training. He is currently CEO of VUmind and Dynamic Human Solutions (DHS), where mindfulness-based skills combine with expert coaching to provide tools for developing resilience, emotional intelligence, situational awareness and peak performance. Mark is also co-adaptor of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, The Man Himself (2006) and Conviction (2010).
Katie Malzbender, Vice Chair for External Communication and Community Engagement
Katie was born in Boulder and grew up in unincorporated Boulder County. Katie has worked on progressive campaigns around the county since she was 17 and Barack Obama was running for president in 2008. Since then, she's been an Organizing Fellow for OFA, a Field Organizer for the Coordinated Campaign working to re-elect Mark Udall in 2014, and Campaign Manager for Mayor Christine Berg's race in Lafayette.
After graduating from The Johns Hopkins University in 2013, Katie worked as the Communications Fellow for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network in Takoma Park, MD. Her passion for climate policy led her to earn her MSc in Environmental Policy from the London School of Economics and ultimately to return to Boulder to work as the US Campaigns Organizer for Al Gore's Climate Reality Project.
Katie lives in South Boulder with her dog, Bartlet. When she's not watching re-runs of The West Wing, she can be found enjoying the Boulder Rec Centers, hiking the beautiful trails around our town and state, or enjoying a local beer.
Geof Cahoon, Vice Chair for Internal Planning and Implementation
Geof Cahoon is long time central Boulder resident, activist and local labor leader. For many years he headed up the marketing and growth of a local travel agency services company called THOR24. That family-owned company rose from a minor industry player to one of the largest negotiated hotel rate aggregators globally. Starting in 2004 he became active with MoveOn.org, rising to the level of national coordinator handling volunteers in 11 Western states. Since 2006 Geof has devoted himself to helping working people improve their lives and communities through the labor movement. Between 2006 and 2016 he was a Field Organizer for Colorado WINS, Local 1876 responsible for organizing state employees at CU-Boulder, CDOT, Corrections, and other Colorado state departments.
Geof currently serves as the President of the Boulder Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO representing working families in Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit and Lake counties. He’s been active in the Boulder Country Democratic Party since 2002.
Katie Wallace, Vice Chair for Capacity Building
Katie is currently a junior at CU Boulder majoring in Gender & Womens Studies. She first began in politics in 2012 when she worked as a community organizer for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Following President Obama’s reelection, she worked in the State Legislature with Rep. Mike Foote for three years. She was also Rep. Foote’s campaign manager for the 2014 cycle, in addition to working as the deputy finance director for Joe Neguse’s Secretary of State campaign. Immediately after that cycle, Katie became the campaign manager for Aaron Goldhamer’s State House primary in north-east Denver. For the most recent general election she managed the campaigns of Rep. Jonathan Singer and County Commissioner Deb Gardner.
Jason Sherry, Secretary
Jason has been doing IT infrastructure design and management professionally for 22-years, with a focus on communications & collaboration solutions. In this field, he has been a consultant, product manager, and a solutions expert for some of the largest and most complex organizations in the world. He became heavily involved in politics in November 2015, when he became the CO HD11 Captain and Data Captain for the Bernie Sanders campaign. In July 2016 he was a National Delegate for Bernie at the DNC. During this same time, he was the Data Captain for Bob Seay's campaign for US Congress in CO CD4. He has organized teams of volunteers, setup & managed communications channels, done public outreach, managed phone banks and canvassing in CO and in CA. Finally, he has also been a board member, secretary, treasurer, and IT manager for multiple non-profits over the last seven years. Jason has lived in Colorado since 2003 and in Longmont since 2007.
Jim Johnson, Treasurer
Jim is a retired teacher whose career included both special education and high school social studies. He did most of his teaching in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also a veteran, USAF Vietnam Era, and a union member, The National Education Association—Retired. Jim considers himself to be a life-long Democratic, as he remembers his boyhood on the South Side of Chicago when his dad often spoke warmly of his support for FDR and the Democratic Party. Currently, Jim also serves as a PCP in Allenspark (916) and a member of the State Central Committee from the BoCoDems.
Jim and his wife, Cynthia, have two adult children and two wonderful granddaughters. Because of their love of the mountains, Jim and Cynthia moved to Allenspark in 2012 where they have built a house, a retirement project 10 years in the making. They also share a passion for hiking, climbing, camping, skiing, and dancing.
Jim has served in many volunteer capacities and boards including 15 years as a volunteer legal guardian, 12 years with Habitat for Humanity in Cheyenne, two years as treasurer of the Cheyenne Teachers Education Association, and two years as treasurer of the Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless.
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