Mike Roque is Executive Director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition. Mike was founding Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships as a political appointee of Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. He was Executive Director of the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and Executive Director of the Chinook Fund, a radical community foundation located in Denver. He was a part-time faculty member of Concordia University's (Montreal) School of Social Work and has taught in Regis University's (Denver) Masters of Nonprofit Management program.
Zabrina graduated May 2014 Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University. Born in Cleveland, Ohio she is a huge Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers fan. Zabrina spent her last semester at college in Washington, D.C. interning for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil campaign working to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. She then accepted a job with Energy Action Coalition working to bring students from around New England to New York City for the People’s Climate March which was the largest climate march in history, totaling 400,000 people. Zabrina’s experience has taught her about the impacts that hydraulic fracturing has on our local community and she’s excited to work for CPC to ban it in the Denver area, and eventually statewide. When she’s not organizing she is hiking, camping, snowboarding, or learning how to rock climb.
Ryan is our newest intern at CPC. Originally from the Chicagoland area, he is currently a candidate for a Master’s degree in economics at the University of Denver. He is interested in: social justice and social economics in a broad sense as well as developmental, labor and health economics. Also an intern at the state Department of Healthcare Policy and Financing, he researches medical marijuana policy and Medicaid expansion to prison inmates and the homeless. As an undergraduate at Eastern Illinois University where he studied Political Science with a focus in International Studies, he was president of a small group called Students for Peace and Justice. He assisted in the organization of campus community events to promote action on international social injustice issues. Ryan’s extensive travels have led him to witness firsthand economic, racial and ethnic inequality. Ryan enjoys academic writing and research, and has written various papers, a few of which are published.
Alex is currently a student at the University of Colorado - Denver majoring in Communications with a minor in Social Justice. He is a survivor of extreme police violence at the hands of the Denver Police Department. This assault became a catalyst for the work he has come to embrace. As a CPC member, Alex has worked to raise awareness of law enforcement misconduct and methods to help hold officers accountable. He has conducted trainings and workshops, contributed to policy critique and accountability, and collaborated with local and national groups to battle human rights injustices. Alex has focused on police accountability but has also developed a consciousness of other struggles. CPC is excited to have Alex to fight for Economic and Racial Justice in Colorado.