Jayla Poppelton

Jayla Poppleton is the Executive Director at Water Education Colorado, the state’s leading organization for informing and engaging Coloradans on water issues. Prior to becoming E.D., Jayla oversaw Water Education Colorado’s full suite of print and digital content programming. For 9 years she was the editor for Headwaters magazine, Water Education Colorado’s flagship publication. She has written extensively on all things water, and it continues to be the subject she is most passionate about. Jayla serves on the Advisory Council for the One World One Water Center at Metro State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons, and enjoys traveling and recreating in Colorado’s great outdoors—especially in, on or around water.


Clay Fong

Community Relations Manager, City of Boulder's Department of Human Services

Clay Fong is the Community Relations Manager for the City of Boulder’s Department of Human Services. In this capacity, he oversees enforcement of the city’s municipal discrimination code, the Youth Opportunities Advisory Board, and the Community Mediation Service (CMS). Previously, Clay, a mediator with over twenty years experience, managed CMS for over a decade, providing both mediation and restorative justice services to city residents. Clay has also chaired Boulder’s Human Relations Commission and Environmental Advisory Board. He is also the dining critic for the Boulder Daily Camera. Clay holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Colorado.

Joe Hart

Senior Vice President, David Evans and Associates, Inc.

Joe Hart is a Senior Vice President with David Evans and Associates, Inc., and the Smart Mobility Practice leader for Colorado operations. He has over 40 years of experience in traffic engineering, transportation planning, and environmental studies.  His transportation planning work has included interchange and highway corridor studies involving extensive public participation programs.  His projects have focused on solutions that improve traffic flow, transit accessibility and enhancements for walking and cycling that enrich the quality of life and advance economic prosperity. He holds a B.C.E. from the University of Dayton and M.S. from the University of Colorado, and is a registered engineer in Colorado and several surrounding states.

German Velasco

Founder, La Mano Amiga

German Velasco is Co-founder of Colorado-based non-profit La Mano Amiga (The Helping Hand), an organization devoted to life-advancement education of under-served individuals living in the United States of America. G. Velasco is founder of Velasco Outreach, offering Cross-Cultural Competency Training, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation and Leadership Coaching. Velasco Outreach is an accredited sponsor for Legal and Judicial Continuing Education Program for the State of Colorado Supreme Court and the State of Nevada.
G. Velasco has extensive urban and regional planning experience having worked for the World Bank in Latin America, and, having served at several public posts in Bolivia, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Affairs, and Governor of the State of La Paz (includes the capital city and 105 municipalities).
Educated in the United States of America and in South America, German Velasco holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Planning from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Universidad Mayor de San Andres, and completed the Program for Advanced Studies at California University in Novato, California.