Ellen Burnes


Ellen Burnes is a lifelong Democrat and political activist. She has served on the board of the Democratic Women of Boulder County, as President of the Longmont Area Democrats, and on the BCDP Executive Committee. She's a dedicated community servant, working with organizations like the Emergency Family Assistance Association, Zonta, and Community Food Share. Ellen holds a PhD in Resource Economics and is a Professor in the Finance and Real Estate department at Colorado State University. In her free time, Ellen enjoys trail running and spending time with her two dogs.

Katie Malzbender


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 where she works as the Chapter Campaigns Manager 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


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.

Lynne McNamara, Vice Chair Capacity Building


An expert in international education and relationships, Lynne lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Her experience includes organizational strategy and development, contract negotiations, finance and budgeting, program evaluation, and forging relationships with US and foreign entities. In her faculty positions, Lynne taught Italian, English as a Second Language, multi-cultural communications, writing, and poetry. Dr. McNamara holds a PhD in Educational Administration and Higher Education, an MA in Linguistics and a BA in Italian and Spanish. Lynne currently serves as the President of the Colorado Vietnam Cooperation Council, and she recently served as the Executive Director of the Vietnam Education Foundation. As a life-long Democrat, she became actively involved in the Democratic Party and in elections when she returned to the United States in 2001 after 15 years overseas. After moving back to her home state of Colorado in 2015, she has served as an Election Judge and a trainer for the Elections Division of the Boulder County Clerk and Recorder. She started volunteering for the BoCoDems in 2015 by helping with Volunteers, outreach and inclusion, fundraising, and the Truman Dinner.

Jim Johnson


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.

Jason Sherry


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.


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