Leadership Committee


Martha Lugo is a seasoned professional of over 27 years in the behavioral sciences.  Her experience stems from her work as a senior probation officer and as a FB_IMG_1484283186831psychotherapist.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership, specializing in organizational diversity.  Martha is originally from El Paso, TX, and is extremely proud of her Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage. Throughout her career, she has passionately strived to be the voice for the oppressed and the marginalized.  Martha is an avid volunteer in her community as she is a servant at heart.  She is currently a commissioner on the Human Relations Commission and on the Immigrant and Refugee Commission for the City of Aurora.

Merrill grew up in Little Rock, AR. Attending Little Rock Central High School, she learned about the struggle for civil rights and became passionate about social justice work. wp_20160709_16_59_14_pro.jpgMerrill graduated from Colorado College with a major in Southwest Studies and a minor in Education. After graduation, she completed an AmeriCorps term with the Denver Public Schools, taught high school English in Chile, and worked at Heifer International in Arkansas. Merrill is currently completing a Masters in Public Service program through the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service. She moved back to Denver in September of 2016 to complete her final capstone project for graduate school and at that time, got involved with Colorado People’s Alliance as a Democracy Fellow for the election season. Through this experience, she learned about building grassroots power to confront inequitable systems and became committed to supporting COPA’s work.


Kristen_WadeKristen Wade is a recent transplant to the Denver/Aurora area from Richmond, Virginia. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in genetics and genomics research at CU Denver-Anschutz in Aurora. She loves exploring the thriving music scene in the city, as well as salsa dancing, running and being in the mountains whenever possible. Becoming a member of COPA has provided her the opportunity to learn from, give back to and fight for, the community she has already come to think of as home.