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Meet the Colorado Education Policy Fellowship Program 2018-19 Fellows!

Colorado EPFP is a partnership of the Washington D.C. based Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado at Denver. Both organizations are non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations.

Between 1978 and 1997, Colorado EPFP served over 145 Coloradans. After a 15-year absence, Colorado EPFP was re-established in 2012, and now operates under the auspices of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver. As of the fall of 2018, Colorado EPFP has nearly 200 alumni, many of whom are in leadership roles here and in other states. These EPFP alumni form an important network in Colorado and the nation. We hope you will consider applying to be part of this Colorado tradition of leadership.

Colorado EPFP benefits individuals, organizations, and government in Colorado by helping emerging leaders in education and related fields acquire new perspectives and skills needed to function effectively in the increasingly complex, political, and changing environment of state-level. The Colorado EPFP program design will provide a unique mix of learning opportunities focusing on the professional needs and interests of participants and capitalizing on local assets and partner organizations resources and expertise. Program events will enable Fellows to examine such issues as effective leadership, implications of demographics for policymakers, the role of interest groups in the policymaking process, delivery of comprehensive services to youth and their families, and collaboration as a strategy and leadership skill.


Recent Colorado Fellows

Colorado Department of Education – Peter Fritz, Gina Schlieman, Dawn Perea Glassman, Cody Buchanan, Jessica Watson, Matthew Sweeney, Renee Martinez, Lisa Steffen, Anna Young

Denver Public Schools – Maya Lagana, Kenny Smith, Taamiti Bankhole, Laney Shaler, Katherine Plog-Martinez, Carol Schneider, Sarah Tilton, Amanda Withington

Education Commission of the States – Emily Workman, Micah Wixom, Maria Millard, Stephanie Aragon, Alyssa Rafa

National Conference of State Legislatures – Sara Shelton, Madeleine Webster, Joellen Kralik

Colorado Charter School Institute - Jessica Welch, Aislinn Walsh


The past 6 years Fellows have come from many other organizations:  Colorado Department of Human Services (Colin Tackett), Colorado Education Initiative (Amy Dyett), Colorado Department of Higher Education (Emmy Glancy), Women’s Foundation of Colorado (Alison Friedman), American Institute of Research (Alicia Garcia), Ability Connection Colorado (Erin Ellis), Think 360 (Caitlin Lindquist), HealthCorps, Inc.  (Jessica Anders), Cherry Creek Schools (Jeanette Patterson), Rangeview High School (Ian Mulligan), High Point Academy (Nick Stachokus), Boulder Valley Schools (Sandy Ripplinger), Shining Mountain High School (Leslie Hamdorf), I Have a Dream Foundation (Riley McIntyre), Charter School Growth Fund (Heather Furman), CSU-University’s Global Campus & Walden University (Andrea Helaine), West Leadership Academy - DPS (Marita Whalen), Stand for Children (MaryGrace Longoria), Public Education Business Coalition/Boettcher Teacher Residency (Evan Kennedy), Generation Teach (Heidi Dotterer), University of Denver/Center for Rural School Health & Education (Shannon Allen).

Colorado EPFP Coordinator

Peter Huidekoper
School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado at Denver
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