Ciara leads UpRoot's efforts along the Western Slope and has a keen interest in understanding the mechanisms of advocacy and collaboration that are most effective in bringing about change in food policy. She was the Volunteer Coordinator for both Feeding the 5000 Front Range and Feeding the 5000 L.A. and was a Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Fellow (RMFU) for 2017. Ciara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Policy from Brown University.
Co-Founder | Advisory CounciL Member
As a young girl, Maggie fell in love with her grandfather's garden and all of the delicious stews, pickles, and fruits that it created. Nowadays, Maggie believes in the power of experiential education and works to improve the food system for low-income, rural, and inexperienced community groups. She recently opened Mindfully B Movement, a community wellness center serving the Barnum neighborhood and surrounding areas of West Denver. Maggie holds a B.S. in Human Nutrition-Dietetics from Metropolitan State University.
Dave was on the organizing team for Feeding the 5000 Front Range and is co-organizer of Food-1-1, a statewide coalition working to reduce food waste in Colorado. Before helping to organize UpRoot, he worked with purpose-driven organizations and startups writing content and implementing creative and social media strategies. Dave has a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and has completed post-graduate programs at both The Creative Circus in Atlanta and BDW in Boulder. Dave is a RMFU Fellow for 2018.
Lindsay began working with UpRoot in May of 2017 as an intern and is currently conducting research on food loss in Colorado. She is in the process of obtaining a B.A. in Public Health from the University of Colorado at Denver and will be seeking her Master's beginning in Fall 2018. Before committing to life as an academic, she was a professional chef for several years, and volunteered with Denver Urban Gardens where she helped build and maintain community gardens around the Denver area.