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 Lindsley has been a nonprofit management professional for 14 years.
She 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.
She currently serves as the director of programming & events for Rocky Mountain Rett Association and manages a statewide mentoring program for Colorado Tourism.
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.
Benjamin is a fourth-year student studying sociology at Colorado College. He has experience in nonprofit fundraising, immigration advocacy, environmental sustainability, and academic ecological research.
Benjamin is interested in the intersection of environmental and social issues and led a campaign to ban single-use plastic bags in his hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado.
At Colorado College, Benjamin is an Intern at the Office of Sustainability, co-captain of the Nordic Ski Team, a member of the President’s Council, and has worked as an Admission Ambassador.
Jenna is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying political science and leadership. By working for Teach for America, she has become interested in both education and public health, and she desires an impact-driven path following graduation.
Melissa recently graduated from Temple University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, with a focus in linguistic anthropology. She has worked and researched in fair-trade organizations in many different capacities, including collaborating with a fair-trade handicrafts distributor in Peru.
She is transitioning from an academic background to apply linguistic anthropological skills to consulting for non-profit organizations and mission-driven companies.
Molly is a Junior at the University of Colorado – Boulder studying Integrative Physiology and Psychology with a minor in Leadership. She is a 2018 Boettcher Scholar and was drawn to Mission Spark due to the combination of non-profits and consulting.
Jordan grew up on a small cattle ranch near Center, Colorado, and she is a Junior at Colorado State University studying Agricultural Business and Environmental Economics. She has experience in the nonprofit sector as a Boettcher Scholar and former El Pomar Foundation Intern. After college, Jordan is eager to pursue a law degree where she can combine her passion for agriculture and public service.
Anila is a Sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Integrative Physiology, Geography, and Public Health. She is interested in helping close gaps in healthcare access for marginalized communities, and she is enthusiastic to be a Mission Spark Fellow to gain experience in nonprofit and social impact work.
Katie grew up in Maine and moved to Denver after graduating from Colby College in 2018 with a degree in Global Studies. She has spent the past two years teaching second grade in Northwest Denver as a Teach for America Corps Member.
Katie is interested in pursuing a career that will allow her to work across public and private sectors to create more positive educational outcomes for a variety of people.
Sarah is a Junior at Colorado College studying biochemistry. She has spent time in academic polar geophysics research investigating the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. She also has experience in science communication, effectively communicating the tools and resources developed by marine research to stakeholders.
Sarah is interested in how science can be utilized by legislators, as well as organizations within the social sector, to inform public policy and develop effective initiatives and programs.