Who We Are

The RMP Backbone Team

The RMP Backbone Team

The Rocky Mountain Partnership is brought together by a group of skilled professionals, called the ‘Backbone Team’.

They provide us with:

  • Dedicated project management
  • Facilitation
  • Data
  • Ensuring those most impacted by the work are engaged in projects
  • Stakeholder Power Mapping and Information Mapping
  • Impact Assessments
  • Education / awareness and support mobilizing around policy
  • Support to raise dollars to fund projects
  • Support to align and engage with current efforts across the region
  • Other supports needed to advance innovative projects

This team is independent from our partner organizations and focuses on helping us achieve shared 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 Practices‘ 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


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Executive Leadership 

Jody Nowicki
Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement
Facilitates RMP’s Community Leaders Council; Project Manager for the Talent Supply and Opioid goal areas; Ensures the cohesion of fund development and outcomes financing efforts


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Ashley Edinger
Senior Director of Strategic Supports
Oversees strategic support areas (data, community voice & perspective, communications, partnership events, capability building, strategic planning, and information mapping)


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Kendra Simpson
Senior Director of Business Operations
Project manager for human resources administration, finance, business administration, the RMP Backbone Board of Directors, sponsorships, and corporate investments


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Matt Horn
Director of Collaborative Action
Facilitates the Housing goal area


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Elena Mendoza
Director of Community Engagement
Facilitates RMP’s Community Coalition and leads all community engagement efforts


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Jessica Scherden
Institute Director
Leads capability building efforts through RMP’s Institute; Project Manager for the Hiring, Retention, and Employee Advancement goal area


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Kate Gitchell
Director of Collaborative Action and Events
Project Management Support for collaborative work within RMP’s shared goals; Project Manager for Partnership Events


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Joe Baker
Senior Data Analyst
Collects, analyzes, visualizes, and manages quantitative data


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


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