Jake Williams serves as our organization’s Executive Director, in addition to serving as Executive Director for our sister 501(c)(4) organization, Healthier Colorado. Before taking these roles he served as a consultant to the Walton Family Foundation on its efforts to sustain the Colorado River, as well as to the Gill Foundation with its work to achieve LGBT legal equality. Previously, Jake was the Western Conservation Foundation’s Campaigns Director, where he activated a diversity of strategic voices including Latinos, businesses and farmers to help protect the West’s land, air and water. Before that, he led teams on legislative, electoral and healthcare advocacy campaigns for the Service Employees International Union.

Orlando Padilla, Associate Director Child & Family Access Services, Mental Health Center of Denver

Orlando Padilla, Jr. is Denver Regional Director of Shelters at Catholic Charities, where he directs the activities of Samaritan House, Women’s Emergency Shelter and Marisol Homes. Samaritan House is a program that provides community supports that include emergency women’s shelter and temporary family housing for individuals furthest from opportunity. Other services provided are case management, independent living, vocational and prevention groups. Marisol Homes provides bridge housing for single mothers and their children, while also providing clinical case management, parenting and psychoeducation groups. Formerly, he was Associate Director of Child and Family Access Services at the Mental Health Center of Denver, where he oversaw the Integrated Care, Child and Family Access and Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs.

Orlando is a Colorado Native and grew up in Trinidad Colorado. He has over 20 years of experience working with others across the lifespan in a variety of settings that include inpatient hospitals, residential facilities, as well as outpatient and community mental health. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with his B.A. in Psychology and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2007 with a Master’s in Clinical Counseling. Orlando also holds the professional license of a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Rachel Kaygi, Political Advisor

Rachel Kaygi directs the political operations of a donor invested in Colorado and national politics. Rachel’s responsibilities include campaign development, election research, and the evaluation of political investments. She has 20 years of experience working in politics, including think tanks, the state legislature, and political campaigns. Rachel’s built her expertise in political management, navigating and building complex projects from the ground up.

Having moved to Colorado at the age of 3, Rachel considers herself a native, graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in international affairs. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two children and, in her spare time, enjoys traveling with the family.