Our Staff

FULL TIME STAFF

Alexandra Alonso

Executive Director 

2016 Capitol Fellowship Alumnus

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. Alexandra studied Spanish Literature with a minor in Leadership Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time in Boulder she was also a scholar in the Presidents Leadership Class. Before joining the CLLARO team, Alexandra worked as the Internship Coordinator at The Denver Post. As a CLLARO Capitol Fellow, she spent 2016 the legislative session at the Colorado Department of Higher Education working efforts to close student opportunity and attainment gaps. She then became CLLARO’s Program Manager, focusing on equity in education for the Latino community, specifically around the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act in Colorado. Today, Alexandra is CLLARO’s youngest Executive Director and is a participant in the Denver Foundation’s Executive Director’s of Color Institute. Music and dancing are an integral part of Alexandra’s life. In her spare time, you can usually find her singing karaoke with her husband, spending time with family or dancing at a Zumba studio.

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

 

Kara Birnbaum

Program & Operations Manager

2016 Capitol Fellowship Alumnus

Kara was born in Kansas and raised in Colorado. She has always been a passionate advocate for social justice, especially for 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 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. Her work with CLLARO is focused on increasing community engagement in the civic process. She and her husband share many passions in life, including scratch cooking, the outdoors, active living, and raising their two adopted rescue dogs.

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


2017 SUMMER INTERNS

 

Denisse Romero

Program Coordinator

2017 Capitol Fellowship Alumnus

Romero is a second year student at the University of Denver. She is double majoring in Political Science and Italian with a minor in Public Policy. She loves politics and has recently worked with a non-profit as well as Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign.

denisse.romero@cllaro.org

 

Penelope Baggs

Policy, Research and Program Development

Baggs, one of our new interns from Hawai’i, has spent time on the Western slope of Colorado and has studied at CU Boulder. With a passion for social justice and reform, as well as an impressive list of studies in anthropology, ethnic studies, and journalism, she is a true asset to the CLLARO team. With her experience working with a non-profit and diverse work experience, Penelope hopes to make a valuable impact on her community.

penelope.baggs@cllaro.org