To connect young professionals with a passion for global affairs and a desire to strengthen Denver’s international community through networking, education, service and professional development.
Anyone under age 40 and with a passion for international affairs and education. Membership is for those wanting to learn more about international issues, and provides an opportunity to come together and share a common interest, whether you are studying, working in international careers, or seeking a career.
Click here to become a member online today! Benefits include invitations to Young Professionals events, free admittance to some events, reduced costs at World Affairs Council events, and access to volunteer opportunities.
Networking, Education, Service, Professional development and career skills, and Collaboration with other organizations.
WorldDenver Young Professionals is a program of the organization, WorldDenver. We are managed by an Advisory Committee responsible to WorldDenver and the Executive Director, representing members and organizations that serve as collaborative partners.
2016 Young Professionals Advisory Board
Kevin is a Legislative Performance Auditor at the Colorado Office of the State Auditor and Senior Political Risk Analyst for Global Risk Insights. He has previously worked on civic engagement, legislative analysis, political campaigns, social entrepreneurship, international development, and research into international trade and investment. Kevin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and studied at the London School of Economics and UC Berkeley (Go Bears!).
Sean is the IT Sourcing and Contracts Specialist for Gates Corporation, supporting all global operating entities. He previously worked for Capital Sisters International supporting the global growth of the innovative Microfinance Investment Vehicle. Sean grew up in a French-American home learning French and Spanish as a child and later German through a series of foreign exchange programs through the University of Washington (Go Huskies!). Sean later completed a Masters at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on global development. Sean has volunteered with WorldDenver since the inception of the organization, and previously with the Institute of International Education.
Adrielle has been a member of WorldDenver for 3 years and loves the way it helps her stay engaged with like-minded people in Denver. She currently works at the African Community Center as an AmeriCorps member, helping refugees resettle and integrate into their new lives in Colorado. Adrielle looks forward to visiting some new countries this year in any spare time she can find.
Emily works for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine as the Director of Clinical Operations and Patient Advocacy. She has 8+ years of experience in public health and immigration law and studied at the University of Colorado Denver to receive her Masters in Public Administration. Emily’s professional interests include international development, global public health, and advancing women’s leadership.
Trevor has been involved with IIE and now WorldDenver as a home host for three years. He has hosted more than 50 guests from 25 countries through various IVLP and related programs for dinners or longer home stays. Trevor joined the World Denver Young Professional’s board in January 2012, the WorldDenver Governing Board in June 2012 and is a member of the Founders Circle. Most recently Trevor hosted Libyan students from the Chris Stevens Youth Network. This group was established in memory of Chris Stevens’ work at the State Department after the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. Trevor hosted students at his home and attended a camping trip with the group as well as hosted the closing ceremony and dinner for the group and their host families. Trevor is an analyst on a sales team for Neopost USA, where he helps businesses on the front range of Colorado to improve their document work flow strategy for the purposes of increasing employee productivity and improving companies’ cash flow.
Lee is a hydrologic engineer at the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he works primarily with Native Americans, striving to minimize Tribal impact from flooding. He has lived and taught abroad in China and New Zealand and completed water infrastructure projects in Central America through Engineers Without Borders. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, skiing and exploring public lands.
A native of St. Louis, Matt graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2011. He was in-house counsel for Newmont Mining for three years and now works for a boutique business law firm in downtown Denver (Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner), specializing in commercial contracts, licensing, startup companies and other general business matters.
Gergana first joined WorldDenver as an intern in March 2012 and took on primary responsibility for Fee-For-Service Professional Exchange Programs in 2014. In that time, she has worked on dozens of International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and Fee-for-Service programs. A recipient of the Boettcher Scholarship, she obtained her Masters Degree in International Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and a Bachelors Degree in International Studies and Spanish, both from the University of Denver. As a student, Gergana studied abroad in Chile and later briefly returned to conduct graduate research. She has also participated in short-term study programs in Spain, Belize, Austria, and Nicaragua. Prior to her position at WorldDenver, Gergana worked in undergraduate admission and held various leadership roles on campus. Currently, she remains involved in volunteer activities in her community, including a seat on the board of WorldDenver Young Professionals, the Pioneer Leadership Program Alumni Association, and the Boettcher Scholar Alumni Board. She is also part of the 2016 Impact Denver class of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. Gergana moved to the United States with her family from Bulgaria in 1999 and has lived in Colorado ever since. In her spare time, Gergana enjoys exploring everything that Denver and the Colorado mountains have to offer.
Christopher Nielsen is a Senior Environmental Advisor at Encana Oil and Gas in Denver, Colorado. He has graduate degrees in Public Administration from the University of South Dakota and Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver, and has spent time living in Washington D.C. while interning for U.S. Senator Tim Johnson. In his free time he and his wife enjoy skiing, traveling, and attending concerts.
Shelly Dill, Esq. is the Deputy Director of Policy and Legislation at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. She is also the owner and operator of Uhuru Law, Mediation & Consulting, which specializes in providing civil legal services to low and moderate income individuals particularly in the areas of protection orders and domestic violence. Shelly received her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. She also holds an MA from American University's School of International Service in Political Economy, an MA from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal in Economic Development, and a BA from Baylor University in International Relations. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado, United States District Court for the District of Colorado and in the 10th Circuit of Appeals. Shelly has a passion for helping people, particularly women, and is actively engaged in legal and non-legal community activities that promote dignity, self-sufficiency, and economic development both domestically and globally. Shelly has lived abroad in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and India. During law school she also clerked for Chief Justice Georgiana Wood of the Ghana Supreme Court.
John is a Cost Analyst and Proposal Manager at United Launch Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture owned by Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Prior to ULA, John held internships working in international business, international relations, and international education. Spending most of his time at work learning about space and busying himself with Excel spreadsheets, WorldDenver has provided the perfect outlet to continue learning and engaging with world affairs. In addition to being married to the VP of Marketing for the YP Board (Laurel), John enjoys reading, skiing, and Sweet Bloom coffee.
Sierra Hutchinson is passionate about civic engagement and community leadership, especially in a global context. She links people to resources in order to identify and promote individual potential. She served in the Peace Corps in Benin and been English language instructor, curriculum coach, teacher trainer, literacy advisor, and country representative to USAID-funded projects in francophone Africa. In Colorado, she strives to develop and highlight the contributions of our refugee and immigrant neighbors. She has a Masters in International Development, Nonprofit Management and Capacity-Building from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and works as the Achievement Coach under the Strengthening Working Families Initiative in the Foundational Skills Institute at the Community College of Denver.
Laurel works in Development at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and spends her free time biking, reading, and traveling with her husband, John. She enjoys supporting international development efforts, and loves being able to connect with other globally minded people through WorldDenver. One of her proudest accomplishments was biking across the USA in 2013 to raise support for Burmese refugees.