2021 Board Candidate Biographies

Running for a First Term:

Carol Alexander

Carol, an Evergreen, Colorado, resident, an independent management consultant and owner of Optimize Consulting.   Following a 10-year global career focused in finance, accounting, and operations, she decided to pursue her passion of working with businesses to drive operational excellence and usher in transformational change.  As an independent consultant, she has partnered with leaders to successfully transform organizations, both large and small. Using an integrated approach to Program and Organizational Change Management, and in collaboration with her clients, they are able to quickly assess strengths and challenges and identify practical and achievable actions to embark upon change. Her clients often tell her that they value her humor, honesty, integrity, and singular focus on client success.

Carol’s volunteer/board leadership experience includes Project Pave (2017 – present) that aims to enhance children’s well-being, and Family Promise Inc. (2003 – present), a nonprofit organization purposed to alleviate poverty.  Carol is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a BBA in finance.  She and her husband live with their soon-to-be 18-year-old, college-bound son, Tejola, whom they adopted from Africa.   Carol is a major ACLU Colorado donor.

 Beatriz Garcia

Beatriz is a passionate activist, who cares deeply about social justice, equity, and the immigrant community. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her hometown is deeply rooted in history and culture, and for these reasons, she has long been interested in learning about different communities.

Through her journeys and community involvement in different countries, Beatriz has been exposed to social problems including homelessness, hunger, inadequate access to housing and education, and food insecurity. Through these experiences, she has come to realize that many of the biggest barriers to education and community wellbeing are quite small.

Today, Beatriz lives in Durango, Colorado where she works for Compañeros: Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center. She is also a member of the Food Equity Coalition, where she serves as a Community Voice Facilitator. In addition, she was part of the Culture & Equity Design Team for the local school district, and she partnered with the Durango 9-R Board of Education as a Thought Leader. She previously worked at La Plata Family Center as a Parent Educator.

In 2020, Beatriz was nominated for the Kathy Underhill Scholarship Award for contributing to food and health equity through advocacy, policy, and community engagement in Colorado. In 2021, the Community Relations Commission for the City of Durango honored Beatriz in the Community Spotlight section of their annual report as a person who models action in community care.

Moving forward, Beatriz hopes to continue contributing to a better world by empowering families with the skills they need to thrive.

Ariadna Ochoa Magallanes

Ariadna (“Ari”) immigrated with her family in 2010 trying to escape the violence that was happening in her hometown. One of her dreams was to have a college education. As a first-generation college student, an English Learner, and a new immigrant, she faced many barriers through her college journey. It was then when she realized that there were many students who were struggling and facing the same challenges as her. They were also feeling as if their identities as immigrants and their native language were a negative indicator of their success in college. She decided then that she would do everything she could to help other students like her go to college and be successful. Ariadna has dedicated her career in higher education to try and break down the barriers, immigrant students face. She also dedicates her time to volunteer in organizations that support the immigrant community, such as United We Dream and Immigrants Rising.

Ari has been a volunteer translator and interpreter for people who need these services for immigration interviews or paperwork. She also volunteers as a member of the ACCESO Board which has as a goal to ensure Spanish-speaking and limited English-speaking citizens to have access to election information, and the resources they need to participate in the election process. Ariadna believes in Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Access. She believes in creating spaces in which people feel welcomed and in which people’s voices are heard. She wants to do everything in her power to help her community thrive.

Anaya Robinson

Anaya Robinson is a Latinx queer trans man, born and raised in West Michigan, who has called Denver home for the past decade. He served two AmeriCorps terms after moving to Colorado, one with Mile High Youth Corps on a chainsaw crew, and one with Rebuilding Together Metro Denver ensuring that Denver Metro homeowners could age in place safely and comfortably. After AmeriCorps, Anaya began working in disability advocacy and is currently the Associate Director of Atlantis Community, Inc., a community led disability advocacy organization that has been working in the Denver Metro area for over 45 years and is the home of ADAPT. Anaya is also one of three co-founders of Transformative Freedom Fund, a non-profit based in Denver that has been providing financial support for transition related healthcare to trans and non-binary Coloradans for the past 4 years during which they have funded 53 individuals totaling nearly $150,000 worth of transition related care. He has been working in advocacy with a systems focus for nearly a decade, and has 8 years of non-profit management experience. Anaya believes firmly that collectively working from an intersectional anti-oppressive lens is the only way to fully dismantle systems of privilege and power and achieve true equity and justice.

LaDawn Sullivan

LaDawn Sullivan has racial justice and community leadership in her DNA. The eldest granddaughter of long-time Denver civil rights leader Ruth C. Denny, LaDawn has centered the love of giving back, racial justice and her community in her professional work and personal life.

LaDawn has organized and supported social justice and racial equity through her various roles at The Denver Foundation for over 24 years.  She created and directs the recently established Black Resilience in Colorado Fund.  She manages programs that support emerging leaders of color including the Executive Directors of Color Institute, The Landscape Project, and EPIC (Elevating Philanthropy in Communities of Color).  She uses her expertise in community engagement and inclusive leadership practices across the Foundation’s internal and external constituencies.

LaDawn previously served as a key staffer for the Hunt Alternatives Fund, a private foundation, and former Colorado Governor Roy Romer’s administration in the Office of Policy and Initiatives.

Passionate about elevating strategic giving in communities of color, she is the Chair of The Links, Inc.’s Philanthropy Committee (The Links Foundation) – a national woman’s organization promoting friendship and community service.

LaDawn is Immediate Past Chapter President of the Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Philanthropy Colorado, a statewide network of foundations and charitable contributors.