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Meet the Denver staff

City Year Denver’s team is made up an amazing group of idealist and passionate individuals that are committed to growing City Year’s impact throughout Denver Public Schools and the community. We truly believe our work is part of the national effort to help students and schools succeed.

Emily Matthews
Interim Executive Director/Managing Director, People & Site Operations

Emily Matthews proudly serves as the Interim Executive Director and Managing Director, People & Site Operations for City Year Denver. In her role, Emily oversees people operations, including talent acquisition, staff learning and development, workforce planning, and team engagement initiatives, as well as budget design, event planning, and oversight of site operational systems. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish and Master of Arts degree in archaeology. Emily is a Colorado native who enjoys taking her family, including her two kiddos, and a playful pup named Pickles, on many outdoor adventures.

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Rebecca Iriarte
Managing Director, Development

Rebecca has re-joined City Year Denver as the Managing Director, Development, to combine her expertise in corporate responsibility, education, and donor relations. She served with City Year Denver from 2015-2017 as the site’s first Corporate Partnership Director, creating strong relationships with City Year’s National partners and cultivating new corporate partnerships, many of whom are still partners and champions of City Year Denver today The majority of her career has been within Sales in the Hospitality Industry, most recently with Sage Hospitality as Associate Director of Sales for the Denver Marriott Tech Center. She assisted in managing the Sales Team that brought back a full-service Hilton to Denver, the first in twenty years (Hilton Denver City Center), and has had the pleasure of working for multiple hotel brands (Hyatt, Hilton, and Marriott) within the United States and South America. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities, traveling, reading, baking, and laughing with family and friends.

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Kelly Beals
Corporate and Foundations Relations Director

Kelly Beals has joined City Year Denver as the Corporate and Foundations Relations Director. In her role, Kelly leads stewardship efforts of current corporate and foundation relationships, as well as identifies, cultivates, and secures new funding opportunities for City Year Denver. Kelly is committed to building meaningful connections with compassionate partners to support the sustainability of vital programs at City Year Denver.

Prior to City Year Denver, Kelly honed her fundraising skills at the Dumb Friends League in Denver, CO. Growing with the organization in several advancing roles, Kelly contributed to the League’s mission through grant proposal writing and award management, capital campaign coordination, and foundation relationship building, stewardship, and solicitation. In her role as Foundation Partnership Manager at the Dumb Friends League, Kelly managed a successful goal-driven foundation fundraising program—building strong partnerships that will impact the organization for years to come.

Kelly was born and raised in upstate New York and has been a Denver resident since 2015. Outside of work, you can find Kelly traveling, camping, taking motorcycle rides, eating good food, and loving on her fur babies.

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Meghan Randolph
Development Operations & Events Manager

Meghan Randolph is honored to serve as the Development Operations & Events Manager for City Year Denver. She received her Bachelor's degree in Nonprofit Management from New York University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Arts & Culture Management, with a focus on Mission-Driven Operations, from the University of Denver. Prior to joining City Year, Meghan worked predominantly in the Arts Education field in programmatic development and community outreach roles. She also has a background in event production,
working as an independent contractor with local Denver companies to bring to life cultural street festivals of all types and sizes.

Meghan originally hails from the city of Chicago, and has been a Denver resident since 2019. Outside of her professional life, Meghan enjoys spending time exploring Colorado with her partner and puppy, seeing live music, reading anything in the magical realism genre, making playlists for every occasion, and working on any number of creative projects including stained glass, weaving, drawing, digital collaging, and many other mediums.

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Josh Shald
Managing Director, Impact

Joshua is an educator and nonprofit manager who graduated from Washburn University with a B.A. in History and graduate degrees of M. Ed. Elementary Education and an M.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration from Arizona State University. Prior to City Year, he served as an Assistant Principal of Instruction with Denver Public Schools and was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Breakthrough San Francisco. Joshua brings experience and a proven track record of success in education and AmeriCorps with a 7-year tenure with Teach for America, as a Corps Member, teacher, and Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development. His broad educational background, AmeriCorps experience, and a strong passion for managing diverse teams will be invaluable as the Managing Director, Impact at City Denver, where he is responsible for meeting the site Impact goals and objectives, and creating an exceptional experience and outcomes for Americorps members, Impact managers, and ultimately schools and students.

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Nate Broeckert
Senior Impact Manager

Nate proudly serves as a Senior Impact Manager. Nate has worked in education his entire professional career, serving mostly in Jefferson County Public schools. His background includes working with schools on creating positive whole child supports for students in a variety of areas, mostly during out-of-school time. He has a great deal of experience in youth development, staff leadership, and grant management and compliance. When not working, Nate is a Colorado and fitness junkie, he has competed in two Ironman competitions and ran the Colfax Marathon. Nate truly believes that education can change the world and is anxious to guide and lead the Skinner team.

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Tayler Stuger
Senior Impact Manager

Tayler Stuger earned a BA in geography from The University of Mary Washington. She later served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member (Washington D.C. ’13, ’14) and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic (’15-’17). Tayler remains committed to serving others and loves exploring the outdoors.

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Jalisa Hankerson
Impact Manager

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Lucero Denisse Valderrama
Impact & Learning Manager

Lucero Valderrama is a proud Impact & Learning Manager at City Year Denver. She has worked in education since 2015 and has a true passion for serving and developing the whole student through culturally responsive methods. Previous to working with City Year, Valderrama served as a sixth-grade English Language Arts teacher in Kansas City, MO for three years. As a Latina immigrant and first-generation college student, Valderrama understands the importance of having BIPOC educators in schools for student success and strives to close that gap for students and education institutions. In her spare time, Valderrama enjoys nature walks, working out, watching movies, and spending time with family.

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Lucy Bryan
Impact Manager

Lucy Bryan is the Impact Manager at Lake Middle School. She uses her past experience in higher education to support her team of AmeriCorps Members and build a strong partnership between the school and City Year Denver. Positive impact and education have always been priorities in her personal and professional life, as is petting her dog.

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Olivia Rosenburg
Impact Manager

Olivia is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communication and a minor in Business Administration. She served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in 2019 - 2020 at North High School before serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Mile High Youth Corps in Denver. Olivia is excited to be returning to City Year Denver to continue to pursue her passions for mentorship and educational equity as an Impact Manger. Outside of work you can find Olivia hiking, skiing, or playing with her cat, Piper.

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Selena Huapilla-Pérez
Impact Manager

Selena earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Michigan State University. After graduating she served two service years with City Year Denver, as a first year Corps Member and then as a Service Leader. She is both excited and proud to continue her service as an Impact Manager! Outside of work Selena loves going thrifting, plant shopping, being outdoors, and cooking. Selena's commitment to public education and serving students is of the utmost importance!

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Tom Dillow
Impact Manager

As the proud Impact Manager at North High School, Tom oversees the production of the teams and manages the school partnerships. Tom is excited to have the opportunity to continue to serve AmeriCorps members while getting back to his professional roots in the classroom.

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Brenna Eaton
West Region Service Year Director Denver Service Year Advisor

Brenna is from Arvada, CO, and received her B.A. from the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 2011-12, she served her corps year at City Year Boston, working with her favorite age group-- middle schoolers! After living in Boston and then northwestern Spain, she returned to her home community and remained in education. Since returning to City Year, Brenna has been a part of the staff team in Denver, Dallas, and Tulsa, and now supports 11 City Year sites in the West Region as part of the Recruitment and Admissions team. She is also a proud NOLS alum and loves connecting other AmeriCorps alumni with opportunities to use their Segal Education Award in creative ways as she did.

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