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.
John Albright, Vice President and Executive Director for City Year Denver, is a mission-driven leader with 20 years of experience in public education with a focus on relationship management, organizational and team strategy, partnership cultivation and development, fundraising, communications, policy, and board management and development. Prior to joining City Year Denver, he served with DPS since 2012. Prior he spent 11 years with Adams 14 in Commerce City, serving in various public relations and strategy roles.
As Student Engagement Director, John led the secondary education division’s policy and strategy work on graduation requirements, college and career readiness, student voice and leadership, dropout prevention and intervention, and online acceleration and credit recovery. He frequently engaged with civic and business leadership on matters that have an impact on the district’s success in achieving its mission to provide all students the opportunity to achieve the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in our society. John was also the project director for the College Ready On Track Network for School Improvement, a Gates Foundation funded effort, which convenes 22 high schools to improve math equity for Black and Latinx students.
John served as Deputy Chief of Staff for DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg from 2012 to 2016, handling a wide range of institutional priorities on behalf of the Chief of Staff and Superintendent. John led coordination and oversight in the implementation of the Denver Plan and the district’s core initiatives, and he served as a liaison between school district staff and the community. In conjunction with the Superintendent and Chief of Staff, John provided policy analysis and strategic consultation to the Board of Education and senior administration on major district issues.
In both roles, John has developed and led strategic partnerships for DPS, including co-chairing the board of the Denver Afterschool Alliance, serving on the boards of the Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative and Denver Education Attainment Network, coordinating joint initiatives with the Denver Housing Authority, and representing DPS on the governance council for the Globeville-Elyria-Swansea United Neighborhoods initiative through Mile High United Way. John was also the lead partner on the Mayor’s citywide student ID project – MY Denver Card – to provide all students in grades six through 12 free access to Denver Parks and Recreation facilities, libraries and cultural institutions. Prior to joining DPS, John served as Chief Communications and Strategy Officer for Adams 14, where he oversaw the strategic direction of the district and managed all communications and public relations initiatives. John also managed external partnerships, competitive grants, strategy and performance management, dropout prevention and graduation improvement, adult education programs, before and after school programs, the homeless student intervention program and district level discipline. For two school years, John spent 20 percent of his time as a classroom walk-through team leader, providing support to principals and teachers through informal coaching and feedback. As a former television producer, John’s passion for storytelling through video brought him to a career in education. Building on this passion, during his time in Commerce City, he developed the Adams 14 Film Festival as a way to ensure all students in the district had the opportunity to tell their own stories and could access technology in the classroom. John is an accomplished presenter and public speaker – representing DPS and previously Adams 14 at the local, state and national levels. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast production management from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his free time, John thrives on family fun with his two high school teenagers. He enjoys fly fishing, snowboarding, playing drums and experiencing live music, reading, and enjoying the beauty of Colorado with friends and family.
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.
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.
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.
Tin, a social development worker and strong advocate of children and youth development and empowerment, proudly joins City Year Denver as its Impact Director. Coming into this role, she brings a wide range of experience of performing varying roles from direct one-on-one, face-to-face casework, group work, and organizing to indirect macro-level related roles such as capacity building (individual and organizational), program management and administration, staff supervision, research, policymaking and networking. She believes that, given the proper support and opportunities, young people will rise up to become empowered and active agents of change.
She is also personally invested in programs focused on volunteerism and service. She attributes a part of her success as a person and as a professional to a Peace Corps volunteer she worked within her first job. This positive experience with a Peace Corps volunteer motivated her to work with Peace Corps in the Philippines and another AmeriCorps-funded non-profit organization serving Higher Education Institutions. Working with City Year melds together two of her passions, young people and national service.
Tin has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work and is currently working on a Master's in Political Science from the University of Colorado – Denver. In addition to English, she is fluent in Filipino/Tagalog and Bicol (a regional dialect in the Philippines). In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, exploring the outdoors, and watching a D&D-based role-playing game called “Critical Role”.
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 and events 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, metalsmithing, digital collaging, and many other mediums.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.