Veronica Crespin-Palmer is co-founder and CEO of RISE Colorado, a family empowerment nonprofit in Aurora. RISE works to educate, engage, and empower low-income families and families of color to rise as change agents for educational equity in the public-school system. Ms. Crespin-Palmer served as CU Boulder’s first Latina student body president. She began her career in Los Angeles as a Teach For America corps member and has over ten years of experience as a teacher, teacher coach, organizer, and social entrepreneur. RISE has been awarded the TFA Social Innovation Award, the White House’s Bright Spot in Hispanic Education, Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and Colorado’s MLK Jr. Humanitarian Award, and was recently chosen as an Inaugural Obama Foundation fellow. Ms. Crespin-Palmer earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University.