Nancy was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and attended Colorado College where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. After working in various Denver nonprofits, including the Gill Foundation, Clinica Tepeyac and the Colorado Parent Information and Resource Center, she went on to earn a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at Regis University. Nancy served for seven years as a Program Officer with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund where she provided outreach and retention services to students and helped families navigate the higher education process. Nancy is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Research and Policy Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She is also the Community and Education Facilitator for Adams 50. She develops and delivers programs and presentations to inform and engage families on postsecondary and workforce opportunities available to their students.
In her spare time, Nancy supports the Keeping the Dream Alive Conference that provides information on how to help undocumented students who want to go to college. She is a Board member of the Chinook Fund, and she is co-president and one of three co-founders for the Colorado College Alumni and Students of Color Association (CCASCA).
Originally from Michigan, Anaya Robinson now calls Denver home. He has served two AmeriCorps terms performing hands on service in various communities, rebuilding homes for low-income homeowners in Denver and doing beetle kill removal and fuels mitigation in forests around the Front Range. Currently, Anaya continues his dedication to public service through working with the Denver Regional Council of Governments, Area Agency on Aging providing options counseling for individuals living in 47 skilled nursing facilities in the Denver Metro area who wish to explore their options to move back into the community. His passion for working with the Chinook Fund is driven by his desire to support some of the most radical social justice organizations, programs, and movements in his community, continuing to dismantle systems of privilege and oppression in anti-oppressive and trauma informed ways. Outside of this work, he can be found enjoying the mountains and cuddling with his dog.
Mac was born and raised in the 1% in Colorado. She began volunteering with the Chinook Fund in 2006 after discovering that many of the fiercest organizations in Colorado have been funded by Chinook and learning that Chinook has deep roots in the process of shifting resources AND decision-making power to grassroots social justice organizers.
Mac has been teaching bicycle mechanics and repairing old bikes in Denver since 2003. She lives in a shared community home with 10 of her favorite people and in her spare time she likes being a good neighbor, asking questions, and telling stories that expose the myth of the US meritocracy. Mac co-organizes a local Resource Generation chapter in Denver/Boulder and works with fellow young people with class privilege to raise taxes on ourselves and our families to fund public social programs through Resource Generation’s National Tax Justice Campaign.
Courtney Banayad is the CoFounder of Moxy Group, an agency that collaborates with social justice organizations to help tell stories, build technology, and raise resources. She is an accomplished fundraiser who believes philanthropy is a tool for social change. She honed her fundraising skills at several social justice organizations, including Global Greengrants Fund, where she raised more than $10 million to propel grassroots environmental action. She holds an M.A. in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver and degrees in Ethnic Studies and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney lives at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, where she gets up early for sunrise hikes and always has a pint of ice cream in her freezer.
Ken is a Senior Partner at the Immigration Law firm of Stern and Curray. He has been a lawyer for over 35 years and his practice encompasses all areas of immigration law.Ken received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 1974. He received a law degree from the University of Denver in 1978. Ken has been named “Best of the Bar” in immigration law by the Denver Business Journal and Law Week Colorado and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since the inception of that publication. Ken is regularly listed in 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s top lawyers in the field of immigration law.
Ken has received a lifetime achievement award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and received the prestigious Jack Wasserman award from the national organization.
Ken has been active in the community serving on the boards of many non-profit organizations. Ken and his wife Linda founded a free English Language Program which served the community of many years.
Ken has been active with the Chinook Fund for over 20 years, serving on committees, the board, and the executive committee. He co-created the Chinook Social Justice Leadership Learning Community and was an active participant in Chinook’s anti-oppression training. He recently rejoined the Board after a respite for a few years.