Who We Are

The RMP Team

The RMP Team

We have formed a 501(c)(3) that employs a dedicated team, separate from participating organizations, to drive the shared work.

Our dedicated team brings partners doing work in priority areas together so everyone can do their pieces well in a more coordinated way, and also helps to fill the gaps for what is not already in place to meet our goals.


Current Team Members

Below are the current members of the RMP Team. The RMP Team is committed to ensure it includes individuals that represent the community served by the Rocky Mountain Partnership, and is proud to be an active participant in the network’s ‘Improved Hiring, Retention, and Employee Advancement‘ strategy alongside other employers.

C-Suite Leadership 

Lisandra Gonzales

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Oversees all operations for the Rocky Mountain Partnership (RMP) Backbone team, leads the Partnership (including its strategic plan and collective work), and ensures the needed staff are in place and supported to effectively drive and support RMP’s work

LisandraGonzales@RMPBackbone.org

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Executive Leadership 

Jody Nowicki
Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Facilitates the Steering Committee, Partnership Accountability Network, ‘Addressing the Opioid Crisis’ effort, and overall community engagement work (including community voice and perspective); Supports alignment with external coalitions

JodyNowicki@RMPBackbone.org

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Kayah Swanson
Senior Director of Policy and Systems Change
Facilitates the partners to engage in policy, advocacy, and public funding alignment work, and the ‘Improved Hiring, Retention, and Employee Advancement Practices’ effort

KayahSwanson@RMPBackbone.org

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Ashley Edinger
Senior Director of Strategic Supports
Ensures the cohesion of strategic support areas (data, communications, partnership events, capability building, strategic planning, and asset mapping); Provides facilitation and strategy support to the Aurora Youth Violence Prevention effort

AshleyEdinger@RMPBackbone.org

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Team 

Joe Baker
Data Director
Collects, analyzes, and manages quantitative data

JosephBaker@RMPBackbone.org

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Diana Bustillos
Director of Communications and Events
Develops and manages communications materials and channels, event logistics

DianaBustillos@RMPBackbone.org

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Matt Horn
Director of Collaborative Action
Facilitates the ‘Clear Pathways to Top Jobs’ and ‘Housing Outcomes to Move Education (H.O.M.E.)’ efforts

MattHorn@RMPBackbone.org

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Kendra Simpson
Senior Director of Business Operations
Responsible for human resources administration, finance, and business administration

KendraSimpson@RMPBackbone.org

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Tracy Pihl
Grant and Fund Development Manager
Manages Backbone grants and investor development activities

TracyPihl@RMPBackbone.org

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Pedro Lopez
Community Engagement Manager
Manages community engagement work (including community voice and perspective)

PedroLopez@RMPBackbone.org

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Ben Nash
Information Mapping and Special Projects Manager
Manages efforts to map and align existing community assets; Engages in special projects to build capacity across the organization

BenNash@RMPBackbone.org

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Sarah Justice Hughes
Community Weaver 
Supports community engagement work (including community voice and perspective)

SarahJusticeHughes@RMPBackbone.org

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Rising Leaders Within Youth-Led Community Coalitions

Gabriela Chavez

Rising Leader

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Summer Policy Fellows

Dionna La’Fay

Summer Policy Fellow

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Leah Shine

Summer Policy Fellow

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