Staff

Meet Our Team

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President

Scott has served as president of the Bell Policy Center and the Bell Action Network since August 2016. Scott leads a talented staff who plays a major role in fiscal reform, education policy, economic security, and other issues affecting Coloradans. Previously, Scott was deputy chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper and chief of staff to both Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. He worked in the governor’s office from 2013 to 2016, advising on health care, education, and workforce development. Before that, Scott spent eight years in leadership positions at SEIU and Colorado WINS. He also has worked as a lobbyist and served four years as director of communications and press secretary for the Colorado House Minority Office. Scott graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle East studies.

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY & OPERATIONS

Julie has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, strategy, and management for nonprofit organizations. Before joining the Bell in 2013, she was director of development for the Family Resource Center Association, a statewide network of community-based family resource centers. She previously led her own consulting practice serving a variety of non-profit and progressive political organizations. She has also served in leadership roles for Mercy Housing’s Colorado and national offices and led the fundraising program at Water for People. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and mathematics from Grinnell College. She serves on the board of Families Forward Resource Center.

director of policy & Research

Tyler joins the Bell Policy Center from the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab, where he acted as a program director working on performance improvement projects across the country. He worked on issues associated with economic mobility, behavioral health, early childhood education, homelessness, and workforce development. Prior to his employment at the Government Performance Lab, he held positions at the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the Senate Banking Committee, and the executive office of the President. After attending Northwestern University, Tyler went on to receive a law degree from New York University and a master’s of public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Director of communications

Erin started writing for local and national publications in high school, later putting her passion for well-crafted storytelling to use as a communicator and writer in several capacities. After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in English, Erin held roles at the Center for Western Priorities and a growing tech startup with a focus on media relations, communications strategy, editorial direction, and content management. Prior to joining the Bell Policy Center in 2017, she was the managing editor of an industry publication dedicated to health insurance, employee benefits, and retirement. 

visual communications specialist

Issac started practicing graphic design and illustration as a hobby while growing up in southern Minnesota. In 2010, he went on to study studio art at St. Olaf College, where he worked as a graphic designer for multiple student organizations and was selected as a fifth-year artist in residence for oil painting. Following graduation, Isaac briefly moved to Denver and worked as a graphic designer at the music venues Larimer Lounge and Lost Lake before returning to Minnesota to work at First Avenue, the venue featured in Prince’s “Purple Rain.” In late 2018, Isaac followed the sun back to Colorado, where he then  joined the Bell team in early 2019. 

Visual communications specialist

Eric began his work at the Bell in January 2019. With a degree in film studies from the University of Colorado, he has worked in the video production industry for over a decade. Getting his degree actually gave Eric first-hand experience with an issue many Coloradans and Americans today face: crippling student debt. Eric has a passion for getting to the meat of an issue and finding the best way to tell that story so everyone can hear and understand it. He shares his time at the Bell Policy Center with being a stay-at-home dad to his daughter.

Senior policy analyst

Laura joins the Bell from A+ Colorado, a research and advocacy organization working to improve public education for all of Colorado’s students, where she served as director of research. Before that, she worked at the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab as a research and policy analyst. During that time, Laura did research on course choice use in Rhode Island and its impact on academic outcomes. She received an MPA at Brown University with a focus in data-driven policy. Laura is originally from Puerto Rico and Colorado.

Policy analyst

Andrea has served in the nonprofit field for several years. Beginning her career performing direct social services, Andrea has worked with individuals experiencing chronic health conditions and homelessness, as well as communities impacted by natural disasters. Prior to joining the Bell Policy Center in 2018, Andrea contributed to the policy and advocacy work of several Colorado organizations. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in political science, history, and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW from the University of Denver, and recently received an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver.

rapid response policy analyst

Joshua joined the Bell in 2018 as the Rapid Response Policy Analyst and works with the research team, as well as assists with communications and outreach by writing and developing content. Prior to working at the Bell, Josh was at the Wilderness Society in both Washington D.C. and Denver, where he worked on public lands, energy, and climate change policy. In the nation’s capital, he also worked in Congress focusing on sustainability and energy conservation. Joshua is originally from Sacramento, California and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Policy Analyst

Nazia, a doctoral student at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) in the School of Public Affairs, joined the Bell Policy Center in 2019. She has a master’s degree in criminal justice from UCD, and has worked in various capacities in local, state, and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Nazia has specialized experience in research, criminal justice, workforce development, early childhood education, and postsecondary development. She has a passion to empower individuals and serve our community, and this passion guides her work at the Bell.

Public Interest Policy Fellow

Takudzwa Nhira

Takudzwa Nhira joined the Bell Policy Center in July 2020 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colorado College. At Colorado College, he worked as a research assistant on a project that aimed to understand how career development resources and opportunities at liberal arts colleges could be made more accessible to historically underrepresented students. During his childhood in southern Africa, he was surrounded by stark wealth inequality and was acutely aware of how that affected life chances. His desire for every person to have a fair opportunity to fulfill their potential drives his work with the Bell.
Administrative & Finance Assistant

Hannah Zippin

Hannah has primarily worked for nonprofit and trade associations, supporting various groups, including mortgage bankers and architects. She has also worked at the state level, managing licensure and certification of Colorado’s nurses and mental health professionals. Originally from Washington D.C., Hannah moved to Denver in 2012 for more mountain access. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in communications.