DOSP Staff

Miriam Peña, Director 

Miram was previously the Executive Director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition, where she also worked as CPC's Development Director for 5 years. Born in Juarez, Mexico,  Miriam was raised in Denver’s Cole/5 Points neighborhood, coming to Colorado when she was 6 months old. She became the first in her family to attend college earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver in Public Policy and Communications. She is an MBA candidate (May 2015) currently studying at the Washington University in St. Louis - Onlin Business School. She is passionate about immigrant rights and has been a part of many immigrant justice efforts.  She is Treasurer of El Centro Humanitario’s Board.  She  co-hosts a weekly talk show, “Weekend Wisdom”, on AM 760 and is also the Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the Denver Women’s Commission. 

Megan Devenport, Denver Shared Space Coordinator 

Megan Devenport serves as the first-ever Denver Shared Space Project Coordinator, Megan Devenport.  Housed at the Urban Land Conservancy and supported through a partnership between ULC and DOSP, Megan is a recent graduate from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, focusing in community and administrative leadership.  Prior to moving to Denver for graduate school, Megan was a counselor for 5 years working with young people and their families.   Megan manages and supports all aspects of the Denver Shared Space Project. Tyler Jaeckel, Government Innovation Fellow 720.913.8464 Tyler is a Government Innovations Fellow from the Harvard Kennedy School Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.  He is a graduate and Root-Tilden Kern Scholar at New York University Law School and a Taubman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked in various levels of government, including the Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Senate Banking Committee, and the Executive Office of the President. He is originally from Colorado and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.  Tyler is focusing on DOSP's work around Social Impact Bonds and other forms of innovative government financing for social issues.

Nanette Mosby, Contract and Administrative Support Coordinator

Nanette Mosby comes to DOSP from a recent position as a Contract Officer with The University of Colorado in Boulder.  Previously, she served in contract positions with two Federal agencies, the Department of Energy and the National Park Service.  Nanette also has nine years of experience as an accountant working for the City of Denver at DIA.   Nanette received her Undergraduate Degree in Business Management from Metropolitan State College and received her MBA in Operations Management from Regis University.  She is a Colorado native and a mother of five children, ranging from 23 to 2 years old, as well as a grandmother of three.  Nanette’s primary focus is managing the contracts and invoice payments for DOSP’s grantmaking, as well as managing DOSP workshop logistics and providing general administrative support.

Jay Salas, Financial Empowerment Center Program Manager

Jay Salas has spent numerous years working and volunteering in the community as an advocate for human rights and the advancement of low income communities.  He comes from a family of public school educators and community advocates and, like them, is passionate about education and community.  For the past fifteen-plus years Jay has been the Co-President and Co-CEO of three successful apparel companies with headquarters here in Denver: JC Apparel Industries, Chingaso Gear, Inc., and Suavecito Apparel Co.  Jay has also worked for non-profits such as Escuela Tlatelolco, Servicios de La Raza, NEWSED Community Development Corporation, and Santa Fe Redevelopment Corporation and was a Program Manager for an environmental justice program Vasquez Boulevard/I-70 Community Health and Cleanup for the Denver Department of Environmental Health.  Jay’s primary work involves managing all aspects of DOSP’s current collaborative, the Financial Empowerment Centers Program and all aspects of the Office’s communications strategy.

Ken Seeley, Collaborative Development Specialist

Ken Seeley, Ed..D. founded the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, now known as the Partnership for Families and Children, in 1993 and has served as the President and CEO since that time. In 2003, Ken developed the National Center for School Engagement to serve as a national resource for reducing truancy and dropouts and to improve school climate. He is an experienced educator, researcher and cross system leader having extensive background with at risk children and youth  in early childhood, juvenile justice, mental health, and public schools. Ken was a tenured faculty member at the University of Denver and served as the coordinator of graduate education.  He has broad cross system policy experience as a policy analyst and consultant for the Center for Study of Social Policy in Washington, and many foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Colorado Trust and the Piton Foundation.  He currently serves on nonprofit boards including Qualistar Early Learning, Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, Colorado Association for School Based Health Centers, Project Voyce, and the National Advisory Board for Sesame Workshop.  Ken’s primary focus is on DOSP’s support of partnership building with the nonprofit community in the City’s key priority areas, as well as managing the Office’s evaluation efforts.

Stephanie Russell, Special Projects Coordinator

Stephanie earned her B.A. in Psychology in 2010 from Arizona State University, and assisted with research pertaining to mindfulness, contact with nature, and subjective well-being. After earning her baccalaureate degree, Stephanie worked for the Arizona State Department of Economic Security before deciding to pursue a Master of Social Work degree from the Graduate School of Social Work. Stephanie joins our team after completing her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Denver, where she studied community and organizational leadership, policy advocacy, and government procurement. Stephanie currently serves on the board of Yoga for the People. 


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