After six years of passion, leadership and inspiring accomplishments our current executive director, Cristina Aguilar is stepping down. Our Board of Directors and staff are preparing a strategic, intentional transition to position the organization to continue to be strong and impactful moving forward.
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dusti Gurule to the position of Interim Executive Director of COLOR. Our goal was to find an Interim Executive Director with passion and expertise in reproductive justice, who will help us identify and secure the next leader of COLOR. Gurulé will also work with the COLOR team to ensure that we continue to play an integral role in the state of Colorado; in our work educating, and empowering our community and supporting the development of young leaders. Gurulé will lead the team in advocating for the health, rights, and dignity of Latinas and our families. Through her direction, leaders and the public will continue to see COLOR as a trusted and active leader in the national reproductive justice movement.
A native Coloradan, Gurulé is an accomplished executive leader with more than 20 years of federal, state and local public sector and nonprofit experience. She has an extensive track record in collaborative leadership, strategic planning, public relations, organizational management, public engagement and coalition and partnership building.
Gurulé is a founding partner in Dimension Strategies, LLC, a political affairs agency and she served as a political appointee under the Obama administration. Gurulé was also the founding Executive Director of the Latina Initiative. She built the organization to a nationally recognized civic engagement and leadership entity, launching programs like Colorado Latina/o Advocacy Day and Latinas Increasing Political Strength (LIPS), which is now a core COLOR program.
Gurulé has received numerous awards and accolades for her leadership in civic engagement and community building. We are grateful to have her by our side during this exciting moment in COLOR’s history.
COLOR is an organization that knows how to do strong, strategic inter-generational, community organizing to win in the short term and lay the foundation to achieve our long-term goals grounded in a model that centers resiliency. That will not change.
We will continue to update you in the days ahead, and we hope that you will join us on October 18th to raise a toast not only to our outgoing director, Cristina, but to also ramp up for the all of the work ahead!