Peg Perl joined the Board in December 2012 and has served as Chair since May 2015. She is Principal of her own public policy and democracy education endeavor: Democracy TNG where she works with nonprofit and citizen organizations advocating for modern reforms in money in politics, elections administration and voting rights, government ethics, and open records at the state and local level, and coordinates the Courts Matter Colorado coalition of organizations focused on public education and advocacy about the federal courts. Named one of the 2017 Top Women Attorneys by Law Week Colorado, Peg has 17 years of legal and government experience. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2010, Peg held public service positions as nonpartisan counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and as a policy attorney with the Federal Election Commission. She earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Arizona State University. Peg also teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, Colorado Women's College and University College.
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.
Sophia is the Organizing Manager for the Protegete department of Conservation Conservation. She was raised in Alamosa, Colorado. Alamosa is a beautiful valley, surrounded by massive mountains, the Great Sand Dunes, and amazing climbing areas. At the same time, it is a desert facing serious water shortages. She grew up seeing firsthand the effects land and air have on people. Now she works to ensure the people affected by declining air or water quality have a seat at the table. When she is not working, she likes to visit local restaurants and play outside.
Christine E. Breen grew up in Houston, TX. As a descendent of original Colorado pioneers, Christine moved to Colorado in 2011 after obtaining her Masters in Environmental Law and Policy and J.D. from Vermont Law School.
Christine joined Cantafio Hammond in May 2013. Christine's practice focuses on Plaintiffs Employment matters including Title VII Discrimination, disability discrimination, and FMLA matters. Her practice also includes commercial and civil litigation in federal and state courts, as well as matters affecting Colorado's natural resources. No matter the issues, Christine is a strong advocate and dedicates herself to her clients.
Additionally, Christine actively advocates for women's and LGBTQ rights. She represents women, veterans, members of the LGBTQ community, and any other person who has suffered discrimination, harassment, and violation of their civil rights by their employer. Outside the office, Christine advocates for women and family rights policy. Christine is on the Board of the Women's Lobby of Colorado and occasionally testifies on proposed legislation that would affect the rights of women and families. Christine also meets with policy makers at both the state and federal levels to advocate the civil rights of others.
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.
Anna is an activist, writer, and nonprofit professional. She currently works for the American Indian College Fund, building national partnerships to advance educational opportunities, cultural revitalization programming, and socio-economic equity for reservation-based Native communities. In addition, she serves on the development committee for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights and as a volunteer leader with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, Anna studied literature, anthropology, and women’s studies, presenting her research at both national and international conferences. Since then, she has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, book editor, and ESL instructor. Originally from Texas, she moved to Denver with her partner in 2013 for shared professional opportunities.
Anna joined the Women’s Lobby of Colorado board of directors in 2017 as a member of the legislative and policy committee.
Kristina currently works as Operations Manager 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.
Raana in her role as Director of Policy for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) has been an organizational member of the Women's Lobby of Colorado for several years and now joins in 2018 as a new member to the Board. Raana also serves on the policy committee for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence and her experience includes working for a variety of community-based, anti-violence organizations as a prevention educator, organizer, awareness campaign director, and direct services advocate. Prior to joining CCASA, Raana managed a sexual assault center serving both rural and urban counties of West Central Florida where she forged new partnerships with community members and organizations to coordinate survivor-centered services in marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities. Raana holds a BS in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from the University of North Florida, and a MPA with a concentration in Gender-Based Violence from the University of Colorado-Denver.