Peg Perl joined the Board in December 2012 and has served as Chair since May 2015. She is Senior Counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. Her work there combines advocating for policy reforms and litigating in the areas of government ethics, campaign finance and open records. Peg practiced law for over a decade in Washington D.C., including public service positions as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and as a policy attorney with the Federal Election Commission. Upon moving to Colorado in 2010, Peg worked as a campaign manager for women candidates for Denver city and statewide office. Peg holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Arizona State University. Peg also teaches courses on legislation and advocacy as adjunct faculty at the DU Women's College.
Immediate Past Chair
Chaer Robert is Program Coordinator for the Family Economic Security Program of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Prior to that she served as director of the Denver Women’s Commission. She has served on the Women’s Lobby of Colorado board since its inception, as serves as Legislative Committee Cochair. She serves on the executive committee of the All Families Deserve a Chance (AFDC) Coalition which advocates on welfare and poverty issues. She is vice chair of the Colorado Social Legislation Committee, a coalition interested in legislation related to human needs and human services. She was a founding board member of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Women’s Lobby of Colorado and MiCasa Resource Center. Chaer is a Denver native.
Ashley Wheeland is the Legislative and Political Director of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which is a regional reproductive health care organization. The organization serves four states, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming. Prior to working at PPRM, Ashley was the Health Policy Director at One Colorado and Health Policy Attorney at the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. Throughout her career Ashley has worked closely with state and national lawmakers on important health care issues, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She currently services on the Women’s Lobby Board and is the chair of the legislative committee.
Roweena Naidoo is the Director of Adult Self-Sufficiency at Mile High United Way. In this role she develops and maintains partnerships with volunteers and community organizations to plan and implement Mile High Unite Way's Adult Self-Sufficiency Initiative to achieve systems change and positive outcomes for individuals and families. Roweena is active in our community in several other endeavors as well. She is currently the Program Director for IGNITE, an organization which serves to build and implement the IGNITE teaching curriculum. Roweena is also the founder and current Executive Director for the Blossom Project, an organization which empowers girls to take action and disrupt the status quo. Her education is from the University of Denver, Korbel Graduate School of International Studies; Baruch College, Graduate School of Public Affairs in NYC, where she received a Master of Public Administration; and the University of Natal in South Africa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Sue has been a nonprofit executive, advocate, political organizer and communicator working at the local, state and national levels. She is currently a Principal with 4Front Strategies providing consulting services related to developing successful advocacy campaigns and coalitions for conservation organizations and foundations. In 2004, Sue was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. Sue has conducted advocacy and civic engagement training for the National Democratic Institute. In addition, she was trainer for the Hope Fellowship Program which supported women from Kosovo with hands on training and mentoring. She also spent many years in the political campaign world working at all levels of campaigns and as a regional political director for a national labor union before developing a focus on environmental advocacy issues.
Kristina currently works as Operations Coordinator at Techstars where she helps support entrepreneurs. She loves building out and improving systems specifically focused on education and leadership. Previously she has worked for many Colorado nonprofits including the Boulder History Museum, The White House Project and Educate! She also volunteers as a debate coach at Fairview High School in Boulder and the National Model United Nations Program in New York. She holds a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder and a masters degree in international studies from the University of Denver.
Katie Groke Ellis
Katie Groke Ellis is currently the Senior Associate at SE2. Prior to SE2 she was the Director of Communications and Marketing for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and is the former National Program Manager at The White House Project. She has a background in recruiting and training women to run for office, managing comprehensive communications campaigns and organizing the community to take action. A graduate of the University of Wyoming where she played on a soccer scholarship, Katie has worked with the NCAA, Choice USA, Springboard Enterprises and Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. Katie has helped develop and implement successful field programs to defeat anti-choice ballot initiatives and helped elect more women to office. Katie has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver. Katie also sits on the Board of Directors for the Arvada West High School Foundation.
Serena Woods joined the Women’s Lobby Board in January of 2012. Serena has spent years developing and implementing strategic communications plans for a variety of non-profit organizations and political campaigns in Colorado where her work has helped elect progressive leaders, pass and implement health care reform and elevate progressive voices in the media. She currently works as a principal in the Denver office of Hilltop Public Solutions. Prior to joining Hilltop, she served as the Director of Strategic Engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI). In 2012, while on leave from CCHI, Serena was the Colorado Women’s Vote Director for Organizing for America. In 2010 she served as Campaign Manager on Cary Kennedy’s campaign for reelection as Colorado’s state treasurer. Born and raised in Evergreen, she is proud to call Colorado her home state and is passionate about working to continue to make it a better place to live. Serena holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.