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Justin Levy

Executive Director

C_A_headshots-002  Justin began working with Native American youth on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota while he was still in high school. He teamed up with Conscious Alliance in 2004, and became strongly involved with its efforts because he felt the organization had a unique approach to engaging young people in service work and supporting American Indian reservations. Over the years, Justin has had the opportunity to see the organization grow and expand its outreach. He appreciates how professionals, companies, and individuals all contribute their talents to enhance the Conscious Alliance movement. He has a comprehensive understanding of Conscious Alliance’s vision and direction from his well-rounded experience within the organization, which he applies to the development of strategic plans, projects, and financial tactics on a daily basis. Justin received his degree in Service-Learning Program Development at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.

BJ Cochran

Operations Manager

C_A_headshots-004  BJ has been a fan and supporter of Conscious Alliance since the organization’s inception in 2002. For the past decade, he worked in the music industry as a talent agent and concert promoter in Los Angeles. He has witnessed the organization evolve throughout his career, and it has continued to be an inspiration in both his life and the surrounding music community. With a strong passion to help others in need, BJ started hosting Conscious Alliance food drives on the West Coast as a volunteer in 2009. He relocated to Boulder, CO to become a full-time team member where he now manages day-to-day operations, artist and band communications, graphic design, volunteers, and food drive coordination. Working for Conscious Alliance has allowed him to continue working in the entertainment industry while being able to give back to those less fortunate.

Anna Taylor-Copeland

Development Coordinator 

C_A_headshots-008  Anna became inspired by philanthropy through her upbringing in Kenya, where she saw the effects of poverty and hunger every day. She graduated from the University of Indiana with a B.A. in General Studies and an emphasis in Philosophy. She began interning at Conscious Alliance in 2011 because she wanted to contribute to hunger relief efforts. Anna has since traveled around the country with the organization supervising food drives at music festivals and nationwide tours. She also managed the Conscious Alliance emergency food relief effort in New York City after Hurricane Sandy. Now, Anna manages fundraising through grant writing and event planning, coordinates all in-kind donations, and oversees website management, the internship program, and social media networking. Anna loves how well the organization’s team operates together to accomplish incredible things for communities nationwide, and believes the focus on positive youth programs is truly inspiring and rewarding.

 

Cathryn Folkestad

Development & Communications Manager

C_A_headshots-015  Cathryn immediately knew she wanted to be a part of Conscious Alliance and its efforts after learning about the vision, goals, and objectives of the organization. She moved to Boulder, CO to join the team in 2013, and she hopes to make an impact on the nation by inspiring, educating, and motivating people to help those in need, thus creating uplifting and strong communities. Cathryn teaches food-insecure individuals how to regain confidence within themselves through Conscious Alliance’s youth empowerment programs and groups throughout the country. In addition, she educates and informs the nation’s youth about the influence they can have on their communities. Cathryn graduated from Lesley University with a degree in Holistic Psychology and a minor in Health, and received her Masters of Education from Castleton State College.

Natalie Hand Food Bank Coordinator

natalie Natalie is a member of the Conscious Alliance Board of Directors, and has been working with the organization since its launch in 2002. She lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, devoting her life to humanitarian work. Natalie is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Looks For Buffalo Foundation, a Conscious Alliance partner organization that shares a similar mission of bringing permanent social change to the reservation. Since 2005, Natalie has operated our emergency food bank on Pine Ridge, which provides relief to hundreds of families in need each month. She is always seeking opportunities to expand the organization’s efforts and offer services to those in need.
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