Megan Waitman is a senior Boettcher Scholar at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she is obtaining a double major in Psychology and Leadership and Community Engagement (LCE). She is passionate about leadership and service and strives to build a career in strategic consulting where she can utilize her passions to spark social change. Throughout college, Megan has worked with various non-profit organizations which has enabled her to gain a deeper passion for social justice work, especially in areas involving youth. In her free time, Megan enjoys tutoring K-12 students, serving on local community service committees, and embracing all the outdoors have to offer.
Maddi is a rising senior at Colorado College studying Environmental Studies and Education. Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Maddi is passionate about climate justice, environmental education, gun violence prevention, and mental health. Since high school, Maddi has worked with various nonprofits and is excited to be joining the Mission Spark team once again to make a meaningful impact and build skills needed for a career in public service. Maddi has been involved with student service organizations, voter registrations, political campaigns, and the Colorado Springs K-12 education system. Maddi is a Boettcher Scholar and was recently selected.
Joanna joined Mission Spark in 2016. She has worked for and alongside nonprofits and other social impact organizations for more than 20 years, with a particular emphasis on those serving children and families. Joanna is a seasoned researcher, project manager, and management consultant with specialties in stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. She holds a BA in Sociology from Rice University and an MPA from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
Benjamin served as a Mission Spark Fellow in 2020, where he excelled at creative problem-solving, communications, data analytics, research, and narrative writing. Benjamin is also a writer, filmmaker, and podcast producer. His stories focus on global human rights, the environment, climate change, and LGBTQIA+ themes. He is the founder of a nonprofit that works to reduce plastic waste and the co-host and co-creator of People Place Power. Benjamin graduated from Colorado College, where he was a Boettcher Scholar.
Alexis Harris is completing her Master’s in Instruction and Curriculum at University of Colorado, Boulder, after majoring in English with a teaching licensure in secondary education and a minor in Technology, Arts, and Media in her undergraduate. She has worked on numerous design projects, including web design and graphic design, for the university and faculty members as an intern and privately contracted employee. Previously, Alexis has worked with Mission Spark as a consultant and Design Specialist. Alexis is interested in finding ways that all parts of her degree can be used to create a positive social impact, especially in the educational sector.
Elle is a Senior at Colorado College studying sociology. She has experience in non-profit fundraising, reproductive justice, and climate organizing. Elle is excited to incorporate her previous experiences into her work at Mission Spark and jump into social impact consulting.
Emily is a third-year student studying economics at Colorado College. Through time spent working for nonprofits, the quad innovation alliance, and volunteering within the K-12 education system in Colorado Springs, her interest in impact-driven work has grown. She was drawn to mission spark for its combination of consulting and meaningful work, and is excited to gain more experience in this field.
Yvonne is a rising senior at Claremont McKenna College studying Science Management with a concentration in Public Health. Her experience at the Kravis Lab for Social Impact has equipped her with various tools to asses how a nonprofit is addressing a social issue. She is excited to gain a deeper understanding of the nonprofit/social sector world with the Mission Spark Fellowship program.
Anila is a Junior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying Integrative Physiology, Geography, and Public Health. She is interested in advocating for health equity and environmental justice in her community, at both individual and institutional levels. In her free time, Anila likes to paint with watercolors and (try to) complete New York Times crossword puzzles.