Board of Directors
Dr. Patricia Baca
Dr. Baca served in a variety of positions in Denver Public Schools including: teacher, principal, executive director and deputy superintendent. She was responsible for educational areas such as psychological, nursing, social work services, education and community partnerships, collaborative decision making, labor relations and neighborhood centers. Baca’s career in education also includes positions with the Jefferson County Schools, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of Houston. She most recently served as senior consultant to the Center of Network Development and the US Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Her extensive community involvement includes service on the boards of The Colorado Trust (Chair 2010-2012), The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver Metropolitan Major League Stadium District, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, The Bridge Project, The Denver Zoological Foundation, Mile High United Way, the Colorado State Board of Human Services among others. She holds a doctorate from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and a BA from the University of Denver.
Susan is The Independent’s editor and executive director. She worked 13 years for The Denver Post as a Denver City Hall reporter, chief political reporter, national reporter and metro columnist. Before moving to Colorado in 1998, she reported for The Las Vegas Review Journal, The Victor Valley Daily Press in California and Nature Magazine in Washington, D.C. She has taught writing courses at The Johns Hopkins University, UNLV and in the Nevada prison system.
Reginald C. Holmes
Pastor Holmes runs New Covenant/Alpha Omega Ministries in Denver and is an outspoken member of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, of which he’s a former president. He’s the founder and president of the Family Advocacy and Crisis Education Intervention, has served as chaplain for the Colorado State Senate and House of Representatives, and has chaired several ministerial boards and commissions. His long list of community involvement includes Channel 12’s (PBS) board of trustees, Denver Public Schools’ Collaborate Decision-Making Board and the boards of Mental Health of America – Colorado, Apollo Charter School in Denver and the Denver Interfaith Council.
Denis is a longtime producer, columnist and outreach director for Democracy Now!. Denis was key in the major expansion of Democracy Now! to more than 700 radio and TV stations, as well as its significant fundraising program. He offers organizational, multi-media and fundraising expertise as well as knowledge of independent media in Colorado and nationally
Ron moved to Colorado in 1996. He is an active investor in startups and growth stage companies. From 1996 to 2013, he managed equity funds at Janus Capital. Ron has a J.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Princeton University. He lives in Denver with his wife, Julie, and their two daughters.
Brad is a Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Institute. His expertise includes hydrology and related policy issues of the American West. He has researched water problems on all major Southwestern US rivers including the Rio Grande, Colorado, Sacramento-San Joaquin and Klamath, and has spent 6 months in Australia studying their recent water reforms. Brad has written extensively on the impacts of climate change on water resources. He is the primary contact for the new USDA Climate Change Hub at CSU and is a co-investigator for the Department of Interior Southwest Climate Science Center. He was a contributing author to the 2014 IPCC climate change report, the lead author of the water sector chapter of the 2009 Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, and was an author of the 2008 Climate Change in Colorado Report. He has provided congressional testimony, input to several National Academy of Science panels, and has given hundreds of talks on climate change impacts. Brad was formerly the Director of the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment at the University of Colorado Law School, Director of the CU-NOAA Western Water Assessment and a consulting engineer and principal with Hydrosphere Resource Consultants. In previous careers, Brad was a principal, managing director, and consulting engineer at Hydrosphere Resource Consultants in Boulder, CO, the Executive Director of the Eagle Valley Land Trust in Eagle County, CO. He serves as a trustee of the Morris K and Stewart L Udall Foundation, an agency of the federal government. He has served on the boards of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, the Access Fund and the Parkinson’s Action Network. He has an engineering degree from Stanford University and an MBA from Colorado State University. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Jane Backer.
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