Citizens Project welcomes new board members in 2013!

Citizens Project thanks and congratulates the following individuals who will be joining our Board of Directors in 2013:


Jane Ard-Smith has been active in the local Sierra Club Group since 1997 and has been the Group Chair since 2005.  In that time she has recruited and encouraged others to be active in environmental advocacy – both through the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations in the region.  She has a long history of encouraging people in the community to run for office, and involved others in trainings to help them decide whether they want to run for office.  In addition she is deeply involved in recruiting and deploying dozens of volunteers in GOTV and voter ID work through her membership in PPEC.  She helped found the Green Cities Coalition, and since 2008, has been on the steering committee for Pikes Peak Earth Day.  She does all of the aforementioned activities as a volunteer – she has a full-time job as an attorney with LexisNexis. Ard-Smith is environmentally and politically active because she sincerely wants to make our community a better place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWarren Epstein is currently employed as Agency Voice for the Vladimir Jones Advertising Agency.  He holds a BA in mass communications from the University of South Florida.  He has over 20 years of journalism experience, including speaking at the Columbia School of Journalism on “Covering the Culture Wars.”  Here in Colorado Springs, he founded “Dream City: Vision 2020,” a community grass-roots initiative that involved partnering with many organizations and engaging thousands of citizens in imaging a positive future.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKathryn Presnal is Principal of the Bijou School in CS School District 11. Prior to this, she was the program manager for the Bridges to Opportunity Program where she helped to develop, implement and update policies and procedures for College Options Program, providing academic, career, personal and social counseling for high school students enrolled in college courses at Pikes Peak Community College.  She is a member of ASCD, CSPA, and on the Steering Committee of the Second Annual Pikes Peak Regional Symposium on Student Success, and was a board member of FutureSelf.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALionel Washington is a Masters in Public Administration candidate at UCCS and holds a BS in Marketing fromJohnson & Wales University.  He learned and practiced grassroots organizing in Denver for the Colorado Progressive Coalition. As Colorado Democratic Party National Delegate, and as a member of the Executive Committee for the El Paso County Democratic Party, civic engagement, and activism define his existence. As a college student he worked with the Colorado Progressive Coalition to raise the minimum wage, oppose tax payer funded bailouts of asbestos manufacturers, and worked for the passage of Referenda C & D.

See our 2013 Board Roster and learn more about our leadership team here

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