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9to5 Colorado

1634 Downing Street, Unit A

Denver, CO 80218

Phone: (303) 628-0925

Fax: (303) 628-3888

Current Campaigns

Work/Family Policy

Everyone has a sick child or relative at some point, yet 88% of Coloradans don’t have paid leave to care for a seriously ill family member, welcome a new baby or recover from a personal illness. The CO FAMLI Act will create a family and medical leave insurance program for all Colorado employees.

Affordable Housing

9to5 recognizes housing as a human right and sees the lack of affordable housing as a factor that contributes to the wage gap. Some of the specific issues 9to5 is currently working on is renter’s rights on the state and local level, affordable housing, community control of land, development without displacement, and rights for mobile home owners.


9to5 Colorado has been organizing for nearly four years to push public transit authorities at the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metro region to provide riders who make 200% of the poverty line a transit pass. Similar to a senior or student pass, it would be half the cost of regular fares.

Latest Facebook Posts

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Latest Twitter Posts

Know anyone returning to work while #breastfeeding? Make sure to check out a new resource, "Talking to Your Boss About Your Pump". Offers practical tips & an overview of your rights to breastfeeding accommodations @WorkLifeLawCtr @ABetterBalance https://t.co/FxJ4Vpmdou

"Politicians have gotten the message that paid time off isn’t just good policy, it’s good politics." But paid leave has to include care for a dying parent.
https://t.co/rYB5PGOR3c #RealPaidLeave #PaidLeave #DontCutSocialSecurity

#EqualPay for black women changes lives #BlackWomenEqualPay #63cents #blacklivesmatter #Slay4EqualPay

The FAMILY Act will make for stronger families and a stronger America.
Tell Congress to support the FAMILYAct https://t.co/CfS5Sr7kyE



9to5 Colorado Chapter Staff

Shara Smith

Interim State Director

Shara is the Interim State Director for 9 to 5 Colorado. She is responsible for management of the office, staff, development, communications, and programs. In addition to consulting with nonprofits that focus on working class issues, Shara is the publisher of an independent news outlet that focuses on domestic issues from a working class perspective.

shara@9to5.org // 303-628-0925

Cesiah Guadarrama Trejo

Chapter Organizer

Cesiah is a housing organizer with 9to5 Colorado, organizing in mobile home communities and pushing for more renter’s rights at the state level.. Born in Morelos, Mexico, she moved to Colorado when she was six years old. Cesiah first became an advocate by helping to pass legislation that granted undocumented college students in Colorado in-state tuition. Cesiah earned her degree in political science with a minor in women’s studies.

cesiah@9to5.org // 303-628-0925

Ashley Panelli

Paid Leave Organizer

Ashley is a paid leave organizer with 9to5 Colorado advocating for accessible paid family and medical leave policies across the state. She began her organizing work as the chair of the Denver DSA Socialist Feminist committee and prioritizes centering women and people of color in the fight for economic justice. Prior to working at 9to5, Ashley was a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional for developmentally-disabled women with psychiatric disorders. As a black women born to a Jamaican immigrant, Ashley is invested in rooting her work at the intersection of race, class, and gender discrimination.

ashley@9to5.org // 303-628-0925

Judith Marquez

Senior Organizer

Judith has a strong background in grassroots community organizing for racial and economic justice in Denver, Colorado. Having grown up as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, Judith roots her work in her own family and community’s struggle for justice and liberation. Judith has worked in community on legislative campaigns to promote immigrants and workers rights, campaigns to stop community members’ deportations and most recently organizing with Latino day laborers to fight wage theft. She is passionate about bringing an anti-oppression and intersectional frame to the social change work in the state.

judith@9to5.org // 303-628-0925

Andrea “Dre” Chiriboga-Flor

Senior Organizer

Dre started at 9to5 as a public transit organizer but has taken on housing as her main area of work as the housing crisis has progressed throughout the Colorado metro area. Her specific focuses include mobile homes, community control of land, renter’s rights, and she helped co-anchor the coalition Colorado Homes For All, which is based on a national housing justice movement started by Right to the City called Homes For All. Before coming to 9to5 she worked with United Students Against Sweatshops and the Workers Rights Consortium as a volunteer and later worked in childcare, all of which furthered her interest in the intersections of labor, race, and gender.

andrea@9to5.org // 303-628-0925

State Board

Regan Byrd
Anti-oppression activist, trainer, and non-profit operations professional.

Kris Garcia
Community organizer & solutions specialist. Family is what is most important to Kris.

De Jimenez
Certified Medical Assistant empowering patients through education.

Jackie Parkins
Organizer with the Colorado Education Association

Alana Stevenson

Jasmine White
Community volunteer and Activities Specialist