Mike Williams, Executive Director

Greetings! My name is Mike Williams and I’m the Executive Director of Citizens Project. I’m a native of Colorado Springs and have been very much involved with community and community service my entire life. In recent years, I’ve served as the Chair for the District 11 Equity Leadership Action Team subcommittee, volunteered on the Student Support and Engagement Steering Committee, co-founded Neighbors for Education, and done a lot of work in Restorative Practices. I’m passionate about our core values of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice and am looking forward to advocating for our community on these issues as well as making sure we are turning out the vote and educating our community on why these values are so important. 

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Celize Acosta, Programming and Operations Manager

Citizens Project is thrilled to introduce Celize Acosta as the Programming and Operations Manager. Celize was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and she has been shaped and formed by this city. She is honored to continue to serve that same community in a new and exciting capacity. Celize is a proud alumnus of Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her experience in public service positions over the past 10 years has prepared her for this new role. She is excited to be part of an organization where she can be a voice for equity, inclusion, and justice.

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Lori Macmath, Communications Manager

Lori joins Citizens Project after a recent move to Colorado Springs in mid-2020. Her passion for people over the last 25 years, in all areas of equity, inclusion, and justice is evidenced by her previous work in non-profit and community-based organizations. She is a graduate of Clemson University and has lived and engaged in many diverse communities throughout the United States. Those experiences have shaped and formed the lens with which she views the world and the people in it. Lori is excited to join Citizens Project as the communications/graphics manager as the mission and values of this trusted, reliable and reputable organization align perfectly with her values and heart.

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Chris Davis, Development Intern

The University of Colorado, Denver / School of Public Administration

Christopher is finishing his Master’s Degree from The University of Colorado, Denver, in theoSchool of Public Administration. He is justice-oriented, and eager to both work with and learn from Citizens Project this summer. Christopher and his wife, Clare, recently had their first child. If you run into him, ask to see pictures of his adorable baby!

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