What We Do

Policy Alignment

Policy Alignment

In order to best support youth in reaching their full potential, the Rocky Mountain Partnership works to understand the current and emerging policies and legislation that impact youth success, and provides education and awareness related to these policies and legislation.

Policy & Legislative Advisory Network

The Policy and Legislative Advisory Network (PLAN) is a leadership table composed of policy leaders from investing partner organizations and local, state, and federal elected officials. The PLAN is a working group that drives the policy and advocacy strategy for the network, focusing on policies and legislation that can be impacted and/or developed at ALL levels (organizational, municipal, county, regional, state, and federal).

PLAN Members

Theresa Booco, Policy & Budget Analyst, City of Westminster
Adam Burg, Legislative & Government Affairs Administrator, Adams County Government
Julie Duran Mullica, Council Member, City of Northglenn
Joe Ferdani, Chief Communications Officer, Adams 12 Five Star Schools
Seve Ghose, Director, Parks & Recreation, City of Thornton
Matthew LaCrue, Associate Managing Director, Dentons
Anne Lane, Assistant City & County Manager, City and County of Broomfield
Candice Leimkuhler, Clinical Director of Children & Family Services, Community Reach Center
Peter Lifari, Executive Director, Maiker Housing Partners
Bo Martinez, President/CEO, Adams County Regional Economic Partnership
Ryan McCoy, School Board President, Westminster Public Schools
Brittany Morris Saunders, President of Local Affairs, Sewald Hanfling Public Affairs
Cathy Pellish, VP Westminster Campus, Front Range Community College
Tiffany Perrin, ZOMA Fellow, Tennyson Center
Jacque Phillips, Council Member, City of Thornton
Pam Smith, Director, Anythink Library
Kami Welch, President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce
Jenny Willford, Mayor Pro Tem/Council Member, City of Northglenn


The PLAN’s main function is to help the larger CLC and The Partnership understand how policies and legislation impact or could impact Cradle to Career Outcomes so that The Partnership can provide education and awareness related to policy impacting Cradle to Career outcomes and, if appropriate, make a community-wide call-to-action to support the Cradle to Career success of youth.

**For the 2020 legislative session, the PLAN will have a narrow scope focused on core Cradle to Career work and will be heavily engaged in articulating its internal process, working to define and redefine this process internally so that it is continuously learning how it can best operate in this space.**

This includes:

●  Identifying policy and legislation that impacts Cradle to Career Outcomes and determining opportunities to monitor and provide awareness about how these impact youth in this community

  • Supporting a landscape analysis of existing policies impacting the Cradle to Career work of Rocky Mountain Partnership
  • Monitoring emerging legislation that could potentially impact the Cradle to Career work of Rocky Mountain Partnership Vetting systems-level challenges and opportunities identified through the on-the-ground work of the Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) and determining community-wide calls to action if applicable

●  Planning and hosting RMP’s Annual ‘Day at the Legislature’ to support the development of relationships with policy makers and ensure awareness and visibility of the Partnership’s work

●  Staying abreast of policy and legislative efforts underway with other groups that impact Cradle to Career Outcomes for youth in this community. Specifically where cross-representation from the PLAN and the larger CLC intersect with other groups in order to ensure awareness is liaised

●  Supporting the development of an annual post-legislative report outlining impacts to the Cradle to Career Outcome areas

●  Ensuring the RMP Backbone team and Partnership are in alignment with 501(c)3 status requirements, which prohibits:

    • Giving money to or support or oppose candidates for elected public office
    • Engaging in excessive lobbying activities or partisan activities
    • Contacting, or urging the public to contact members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or advocate the adoption or rejection of legislation

For more information, please email Ashley Edinger, Manager of Sustainability, at AshleyEdinger@RMPbackbone.org