Raffi Mercuri

RAFFI MERCURI, CHAIRPERSON

Raffi has lived in Boulder since he arrived in 2014 to attend CU’s Graduate School of Education. Since then, he has been an active member of the Democratic party and has held leadership positions on over 10 political campaigns throughout Colorado. Before coming to Boulder, Raffi was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia where his father was stationed as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy until he retired. In 2009, Raffi began his undergraduate education at George Mason University and later transferred to Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Shortly after graduation, Raffi became an Americorps Vista volunteer serving the Center Consolidated School District in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Experiencing the rich culture and deep political history of the area launched Raffi’s interest in Colorado politics, especially when it came to education. Raffi currently manages the Right to Survive Campaign in Denver, and is committed to promoting progressive issues throughout his career.

Katie Malzbender

KATIE MALZBENDER, VICE CHAIR EXTERNAL

Katie was born and raised in Boulder County and has served as an officer since 2017. When Katie isn’t working with the Dems, she is the National Distributed Organizer in the ACLU's National Political Action Division. Previously, she worked as the Chapter Campaigns Manager for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project where she works with chapters around the US to advance climate solutions at the local, state, and federal level. Katie graduated from Fairview in 2009 before leaving Boulder for college in Baltimore. She would like everyone to know that Baltimore is, as every park bench in the city will tell you, the Greatest City in America. After Baltimore, Katie worked for an environmental advocacy organization in DC and as an organizer for the Udall campaign in 2014 before heading to graduate school at the London School of Economics. She’s always available for a spot of tea. In her free time, Katie can be found traveling, sweating it out at F45 Central Boulder, singing in a local choir called Cantabile (come check out our May concerts!), drinking Bhakti Chai, and hiking or watching The West Wing with her dog, Bartlet.

Meghan Lukens

MEGHAN LUKENS, VICE CHAIR CAPACITY BUILDING

Meghan grew up in Steamboat Springs and moved to Boulder in 2011 to attend University of Colorado – Boulder majoring in History and Secondary Social Studies Education, graduating in 2015. Meghan then moved to Pristina, Kosovo where she worked as a high school social studies teacher at the American School of Kosova. During her time in Kosovo, Meghan loved learning about former Yugoslav history and traveling to a new country each weekend. Travel is one of Meghan’s favorite things to do, having traveled to 46 countries mostly in North and Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. After living in Kosovo for a year, Meghan moved back to Boulder when she got a job as a high school social studies teacher in Boulder Valley School District, where she currently is teaching AP US Government and Politics as well as Economics. Additionally, Meghan is currently getting her Master’s Degree in Leadership in Educational Organizations with a Principal’s Licensure. Meghan joined the Boulder County Democratic Party in February 2019, where she jumped right in as the Fundraising Lead. In Meghan’s free time, she likes to ski all resorts on the Ikon Pass, mountain bike, and hike. Good thing she lives in the most beautiful place in the world – Colorful Colorado!

John Henry Vansant

JOHN HENRY VANSANT / VICE CHAIR INTERNAL

A new resident of Boulder, John Henry Vansant is excited to support the development of progressive leadership in Boulder County and across Colorado. He grew up in the green mountains of Vermont with his family of four, who introduced him to politics at a young age. While attending Wesleyan University, he spent a summer in Boulder interning with the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, training for his senior year of cross country running, and researching for his thesis on sacred land disputes. Once he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University with high honors, he moved out to Colorado to begin work as the campaign manager for Rep. Yadira Caraveo’s run for House District #31. He currently works as a Legislative Aide for Rep. Caraveo and is enrolled in the Boulder County Leadership Fellow program, promoting a progressive vision for Colorado on the state and local level. Outside of politics, he enjoys running, hiking, camping, skiing, and outdoor adventures throughout Colorado’s public lands.

Sarah Streett

SARAH STREETT, TREASURER

Sarah is a lifelong Democrat and has lived in Boulder County since finishing her PhD in statistics at Colorado State University in 2000. In 2017 she left her job as a mathematical statistician with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in order to have more time to pursue political activism. In addition to volunteering for political organizations including the Colorado Democratic Party, Get Out the Vote and Indivisible, she also volunteers at Community Food Share and Louisville Middle School. Sarah and her husband, Adam, currently live in Louisville with their two teenage daughters, Morgan and Sydney, and their Havanese, Roxy. When she is not driving a carpool, cooking, or volunteering, Sarah enjoys playing tennis, sewing, travelling and reading, though not necessarily at the same time.

Jason Sherry

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.

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