Our Staff

Alexandra Alonso

Executive Director 

Alexandra was born in Florida and grew up in Colorado. She is passionate about advocating for the Latino community, equitable education, and mental health awareness. Before starting her work with CLLARO, she worked as a CLLARO Capitol Fellow with the Department of Higher Education during the 2016 legislative session and was the Internship Coordinator at The Denver Post. She studied Spanish with a focus in International Business and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time in Boulder she was also a scholar in the Presidents Leadership Class, which is a four-year academic, experiential, and service program. Music and dancing are an integral part of Alexandra’s life; so much so, that that her nickname is “Musica en la sangre” or “Music in the blood”. In her spare time, you can usually find her singing karaoke with her fiance, spending time with family or taking a Zumba class.

303-722-5150 ext. 103
alexandra.alonso@cllaro.org


Kara Birnbaum

Program & Operations Manager

Kara was born in Kansas and raised in Colorado. She has always been a strong advocate for social justice, especially among Denver’s most diverse and underserved communities. During her high school career, she worked alongside peers and faculty to introduce clubs and school policy reforms which advocate for and protect the identities of LGBTQ+ students. She is an alumnus of the 2016 CLLARO Capitol Fellowship Program; she also holds a B.A. in Chicano Studies with a minor in Spanish from the Metropolitan State University of Denver, fields which she hopes will allow her to more accurately address and resolve issues plaguing today’s Latino youth in Colorado. She and her husband of two years share many passions in life, including cooking, the outdoors, active living, and raising their two adopted rescue dogs.

303-722-5150 ext. 102
kara.birnbaum@cllaro.org