Margaret Atencio formerly served as 2nd vice-chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. She is currently 2nd vice-chair of the Colorado Latino Initiative and Democratic captain of House District 1B. She is also a former president of the Federation of Democratic Women of Colorado. She has been actively performing voter registration and educational outreach in the Spanish language community for many years.
Joe Contreras is a freelance, bilingual media producer and has spent more than 35 years in both print & broadcast media. Joe currently works with La Voz Media in business development.
He was with KMGH-TV Channel 7 for 31 years in a variety of capacities including producer/director for public affairs, technical director, audio engineer and media manager. He is the director of Multi-Cultural Communications, a non-profit media agency, and also sits on the board of "Adelante" a father’s rights organization.
Joe has both a Bachelor of Science in journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Solomon J. Juarez is the president of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, an executive board member of the Denver Area Labor Federation, and vice president of the local chapter of the Communication Workers of America.
He believes that educating young Latinos on issues that affect them on a personal basis helps build a solid foundation for youth. He feels an educated mind is a power that no person can ever take away.
Solomon is a strong union labor advocate for Denver communities.
Stella Madrid, a Denver native, has worked in the public sector political arena and in various local, state and national campaigns throughout her career.
Stella was appointed to the Spanish Language Advisory Board in 2006 and served as its chair since 2008. In 2010, she was elected chair of the newly reconstituted ACCESO board. She is an intergovernmental and community affairs officer for the Denver Housing Authority, and lives in City Council District 2.
Stella also serves on the boards of the Colorado National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and Global Urban Development. She is active in several other community and nonprofit organizations.
Adriana Magaña is a congressional aide for U.S. Representative Diana DeGette, serving the First Congressional District of Colorado.She is proud to have worked closely with the Spanish-speaking community as an educator for Escuela Tlatelolco, and to have served as a community volunteer for City Council District 3. She is also a member of the Colorado Latino Forum.
Adriana represents City Council District 7 on the ACCESO board and is glad to be of assistance in further engaging the voter-eligible Spanish-speaking community in exercising their right to vote.
Grace Lopez Ramirez, a Denver native, is currently the director of Mi Familia Vota Colorado. She previously served as communications and outreach director for the Colorado Democratic Party.
She is also a member of the Denver Latino Commission and has spent many years performing voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in the greater Denver community.
Francisco Subiadur is a community leader from Northeast Park Hill. Francisco serves on advisory boards for Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart and Stapleton 2040. He is a member of the Cherry Creek Optimist Club and also a block captain for "Be Well," an initiative to increase access to and usage of preventive care services.
He takes great pride in furthering the health and well being of his community and represents Northeast Park Hill on the ACCESO board.
Jamie C. Torres is the director of the Office of Community Support for Denver’s Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations. She is responsible for broad community outreach and partnerships, largely for Denver’s underrepresented communities, including immigrant and refugee and the public and private partners who provide services.&
Jamie is able to apply her training and love of anthropology directly to her work with communities who have a variety of cultural backgrounds and beliefs. Jamie is a long-time resident of Council District 3 in the Villa Park neighborhood and is most proud of her community commitment through mentoring with Goodwill Industries and serving on the boards of Denver Sister Cities International, Denver Coalition for Integration and Groundwork Denver.
Linda Vargas is an experienced benefits generalist.. She is bilingual and assists Spanish-speaking individuals with questions about their benefits and compensation. She is a board member of the Southwest Improvement Council and of the Society of Hispanic Human Resource Professionals.
She is most proud of being bilingual and being able to assist the Spanish-speaking community. Linda has lived in Council District 3, and recently moved to Lakewood.
Liz Correa-Leslie is a high school teacher in AP Government for Denver Public Schools. She is a member of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and works at Abraham Lincoln High School. Liz has lived in the Barnum neighborhood for over fifteen years. Liz became a citizen in 2003 and loves the privilege of voting. She believes that being a part of ACCESO helps the community connect to the elections process.
Talia Bond is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's (NSHMBA). Talia is a native of Peru and has many connections with the Peruvian community. She also has connections with many Hispanic professionals in Denver because of her affiliation with NSHMBA. She is fluent bilingual in English and Spanish and possesses over 10 years of management experience. Talia is passionate about helping the Hispanic community to become educated about the elections process.
Celia Reyes-Martinez is the State Director for Mi Familia Vota. She works with voters on a daily basis registering them to vote, providing education around voting, and encouraging the vote. Celia has developed great partners with Spanish speaking media. As a representative of a national organization she has partnerships with many research and networking organizations. Celia's primary mission is to increase voter civic participation within the Denver community.
Rowena Alegría is the appointed Chief Communications Officer for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. She represents Council District 2 on the ACCESO Advisory Board. Prior to her current appointment, Rowena was the publisher and editor of Viva Colorado, a bilingual multimedia news source from The Denver Post. She won local, regional and national recognition for her work, including creating the best Spanish-language newspaper website in the U.S. per Editor & Publisher. Rowena is a member of the Denver Press Club and serves as a volunteer with Florence Crittenton Services, Centro San Juan Diego and the Latina Firsts organization. In addition to her many accomplishments, she was recently honored with the Giving Back Alumni Award from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Chris Martinez represents Council District 11, a district where 35% of the population is Latino. Chris is active in the Colorado Latino Initiative and community and civic organizations. He is the Director of the Small Business Opportunity Program in the Denver Office of Economic Development. He is also active in Northeast Denver politics and has coordinated many campaigns over a span of years. One of Chris’ primary goals is to ensure that every eligible voter has the opportunity to vote and believes this is achieved through voter education.
Maria Elena Rivera possesses much experience in working with Denver’s Spanish language community. She participates in weekly hosting of education fairs that provide families with information and resources for accessing higher education. Maria Elena has membership in the Colorado Association of Latino(a) Administrators & Superintendents, the Colorado Educations Services & Development Association, El Pomar Foundation Hispanic Advisory Council, and La Raza Youth Leadership Institute. Maria Elena is focused on building community partnerships and increasing awareness of the resources available to achieve higher education. She is equally interested in educating the Latino community about the elections process, in order to make informed voter decisions.
Jesus Altamirano is a regional coordinator for the National Council of La Raza based out of the offices of the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy & Research Organization in West Denver. Other membership organizations include Denver Front Runners, Southwest Improvement Community Garden, and membership in the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center. Jesus participated in a large scale voter registration program in 2012, registering over 6,000 new voters through his National Council of La Raza afiliation. He also brings an LGBTQ voice to the board and wants to work to increase voter participation among LGBTQ Latino youth.