Steering Committee

The Auraria PB Steering Committee for Fall 2018.


Beverly Zubke

Beverly is a senior at UCD, studying Political Science and Economics. Born in Madison WI, Beverly dreams of one day becoming a lawyer working with the ACLU, however as long as she is making a positive change in the community she’ll have met her goals. Having received her associates degree at Madison College, she transferred to UCD in the Winter 2017 and hopes to be the first of her family to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree.

Roshan Bliss

Roshan is a student organizer with Project VOYCE and a graduate student at UCD, pursuing his masters in political science with a focus on community organizing. Roshan has been involved in local social justice work for most of the last decade in Denver, focusing on youth empowerment, democratizing education, and transforming law enforcement. He is excited to be helping bring participatory budgeting to Denver and the Auraria campus.



Colin Moore

Colin received an associates degree from CCD, and a BA in philosophy from UCD, where he is currently a humanities graduate student. He is currently a member of the Student Hunger and Homelessness Advocacy Research and Education (SHHARE) on campus.

Brittany Fernandes

Brittany is a sophomore at MSU Denver, studying Mechanical Engineering Technology. She received an associates degree from CCD. She actively volunteers within her community through the nonprofit organization Reading Partners. She does not listen to podcasts but she has a cat named Stanley.



Maya Rossi

Maya is a second year student at the Community College of Denver and is planning to receive a Bachelors of Science in Geological Engineering from Colorado School Mines. She is also an active member of the community, and volunteers on the weekends for the Jared Polis campaign. As well, Maya is an avid member of CCD student government, and is a SACAB committee member who is the chairman of the SACAB subcommittee, Auraria Sustainable Campus Program. She believes that in order for our democratic process to work, all voting parties should be involved, and have faith in their system for efficacy.


Vincent Russell

Vincent Russell is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder studying the ways communicative practices promote democracy and activism for social justice. For three years, he was the president of the grassroots organization Participatory Budgeting Greensboro that secured the city’s first participatory budgeting process with $500,000 for community-inspired projects and $200,000 in implementation funds. He earned his BA and MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His academic writings are found in Communication EducationPartnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, the Carolinas Communication Annual, and the Pennsylvania Communication Annual.

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Therese Gardner

Therese is a senior at University of Colorado Boulder studying to get a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Communication following graduation. Therese assisted with the evaluation to gain experience conducting research and to learn about activist social change campaigns for social justice. She is grateful to do this work to empower others to keep breathing, keep learning, and keep going no matter what it takes.