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. 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 was an RMFU Fellow in 2018.
Garfield County Gleaning coordinator
No matter how good things might be, Helen always looks for ways to make them even better.
Earlier in her career, she worked in mental health as a recreational therapist, striving to help people improve their lives from the inside out. Helen also started the Rifle Farmer’s Market 10 years ago and continues to stay involved in its operation.
Helen also runs her own interior design firm, having designed office spaces for Colorado Mountain College, banks, physicians, real estate companies and several residential properties. Helen is also involved with the Rifle Downtown Authority because she believes a strong and vibrant downtown is the foundation of a resilient Rifle.