Mission Spark’s principal consultants offer 40+ years of combined social sector leadership and management experience.
Founder, Principal Consultant
As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Mission Spark, Kara strives to take the best and most practical ideas, lessons and tools from policy, management, community development, social movements, and systems thinking to help strengthen and innovate the social sector.
Kara has 15+ years of experience as a leader, manager, facilitator, consultant and coach in Colorado and throughout the United States.More About Kara
Alison excels at strategic planning, business development, budgeting, grant management, and staff leadership. As Executive Director of a nonprofit, she led over 20 staff and 200 contractors and managed a $4 million budget. She has volunteered with the Peace Corps in Central America, studied in China and Spain, and holds a master’s degree in international economics from University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
Jessica focuses on marketing and managing nonprofits through mission-driven programming, fundraising event development and management, networking, grant writing and building collaborative partnerships. She also has capital campaign experience.
Joanna specializes in research, analysis, planning, and writing. She blends data and narratives to improve outcomes for children and families. Her previous work has covered early childhood education, youth development, health and wellness, child welfare, and arts education.
At the University of Denver, Gillian studies public policy and business management. She also travels nationally and internationally as part of the University of Denver British Parliamentary Debate Team. She has experience working with organizations like Scholars Unlimited, AmeriCorps VISTA, and the Inspire Youth Project. She is a 2015 Bezos Scholar and a 2016 Boettcher Scholar.
Kelly is a Boettcher Scholar studying philosophy, cognitive science, and mathematics at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is interested in education, as it interacts with emerging technologies and contributes to individual and community well-being.
Bradley grew up living and working on Collins Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado. He now attends Colorado State University where he is studying Farm and Ranch Management and Environmental Economics. This summer Bradley will be working as a floor trader for La Vaca Trading and serving on the Mission Spark team.
Mari is a fourth-year student studying music and psychology at the University of Denver. She is concurrently pursuing a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction to earn her elementary teaching license with an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education at the Morgridge College of Education. As a Boettcher Scholar and Colorado native, Mari strives to merge her interests in the arts and sciences to support marginalized communities across the state.
Faith is a Colorado native from the small mountain town of Salida. She recently completed an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Denver, and will be continuing on to pursue a graduate degree in International Political Economy.
After graduating from high school last May, Maddison took a gap year in Ecuador. She will now be attending Colorado College in the fall, where she plans to study Environmental Science and Policy, as well as Spanish. Throughout high school and gap year, Maddison interned with various nonprofits and organizations that focused on environmental sustainability, community service and global awareness.
Joshua is a rising sophomore at CU Boulder majoring in Statistics and Data Science, with an emphasis in Economics. He has worked as a video producer and a Learning Assistant at CU.
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