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CHCI Alumni Association Denver Chapter

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Meet the Denver Chapter Alumni Board Members


Vanessa Quintana

Vanessa Quintana 
Public Policy Fellow 2013-2014
Vanessa Quintana is a Chicana born and raised in East Denver. Despite her high school closing during her freshmen year, Vanessa’s determination led her to become the first in her family to graduate high school and attend college. Vanessa graduated from Hastings College May 2013 with a B.A. in Peace, Justice, and Social Change and a minor in Communication Studies. It is her goal to become a leader in public policy advocating for social and economic justice. It is her grand ambition to break the cycle of poverty and increase the accessibility of politics for low-incomes communities of color to create a truly representative democracy and diverse voice in policy.

Karolina Villagrana

Karolina Villagrana 
Congressional Internship Program Summer 2008
Karolina joined Rocky Mountain Prep in 2017 as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to Rocky Mountain Prep, Karolina served as an Assistant Principal in San Jose, California at Rocketship Education-Alma Academy and was their founding 2nd and 3rd grade math teacher. She began her career as a Teach for America Corp Member in Kansas City. Karolina graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, she received her Master’s of Education from the University of Missouri and recently completed her second Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. She is currently completing her fellowship: National Institute for Latino School Leader with National Council of La Raze, where she is working towards expanding the knowledge and parent advocacy with the Every Student Succeeds.

Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela Rodriguez Congressional Internship Program 2017