Partner, Engaged Public (COYAC Convener)
Brenda is best known for her role in creating several of Colorado’s state-wide public engagement campaigns on complex public policy issues for clients such as The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, TBD Colorado, and Colorado’s Future. She brings extensive experience in public policy development and implementation both on the state and local levels given her past experience with community development organizations, as the Associate Director of the Bighorn Center for Public Policy, and as the founder of the Bighorn Leadership Development Program. Brenda is a sought-after trainer in public engagement and has taught workshops in such locations as Jordan and Tunisia. In addition, she has extensive expertise in the non-profit sector having spent 15 years in the non-profit sector. Brenda, a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver, has published several articles on women’s history, social movements that demonstrate the intersection of Colorado history and public policy.
Director, Colorado Youth Advisory Council
Cheryl Fleetwood brings to COYAC an extensive background in grass-roots community organizing. Cheryl is on the Community Engagement Team of Building a Better Colorado (BBCO) which is a statewide initiative that convenes community conversations to achieve consensus policy solutions on a range of issues facing Coloradans. Prior to that Cheryl served as Assistant Director of the Central Presbyterian Church Health Assistance Site which helped Coloradans access health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado insurance exchange. This on-the-ground experience with implementing the Affordable Care Act (aka: Obamacare) came on the heels of her previous work with Together Colorado, a faith-based community organizing group which is an affiliate of the PICO National Network. Cheryl focused on organizing clergy around the state to engage in health care policy. In her early years Cheryl worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in San Francisco and U.S. Representative David Skaggs in Westminster. However, perhaps her most COYAC-relevant experience is currently being the mother of three teenagers!
Intern, Colorado Youth Advisory Council
Kaltuma Muya is a recent graduate of George Washington High School. She is from Kenya and has been living in the United States for 11 years. She has always had an interest in Public Policy and was an intern for Senator Michael Bennet. She is taking a gap year from Saint Mary’s College of California, in Moraga, where she plans to major in Political Science/ International Relations.