Application for Legislative Commission for Dusti Gurule

Contact Information

Full Name

Dusti Gurule

Other Names
Dusti Garrison

Eligible for commission

eligible

Party Affiliation

Democrat

Occupation

Executive Director for the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights (COLOR) & COLOR Action Fund.

Educational Background

I have a Master of Nonprofit Management and over 20 years of nonprofit experience, 9 of that as Executive Director. I served for 6 years and 4 months as a regional appointee for the US Secretary of Labor, under the Obama Administration.

Zip Code

80221

Congressional District
7

Background

Past Political Activity

Donated money to - Biden for President, Hickenlooper for Senate, Kerry Tipper for Colorado, Serena Gonzales Gutierrez, Julie Gonzales for Senate, Jeeva Senthilnathan, James Coleman for Senate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jena Griswold, Alexis King, Amy Padden, Yadira Caraveo, Brianna Titone, Beatriz Soto, Working Families Party, Elizabeth Warren, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, Julian Castro, Crisanta Duran, Michael Bennet, Jamie Torres, Paul Lopez.

List of Political and Civic Organizations belonged to

Voces Unidas de las Montanas, Board of Directors - October 2020 to present Deliver My Vote, Sixteen Thirty Fund Board Member - March 2020 to present Denver Racial Equity Council - May 2020 to present NorthStar Project, member - October 2019 to present Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Votes (C4), Board Member - March 2018 to October 2019 Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, Board of Trustees - October 2016 - December 2018 Girls Inc., Scholarship Selection Committee - February 2017 - May 2017 Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity & Reproductive Rights, LIPS Mentor - 2015-2016 Circle of Latina Leadership (CLL), Mentor - 2012-2015

Organization and Advocacy Experience

My entire career has focused on building, connecting, and increasing the capacity of and for the community. Even before I was hired on in my first nonprofit, community-serving organization, I volunteered and helped create opportunities for young people to learn about education, culture and career options. After I received my Master of NonProfit Management, I continued to learn and understand the importance of representation at decision making tables, at all levels. Through my work as an appointee with the Obama Administration, I gained critical insight into the opportunities for partnership and creation through public and private collaboration. By connecting community-based stakeholders with government agencies at all levels, you get increased transparency, opportunity, and partnership for all involved. Returning to the nonprofit world as an Executive Director of a lead organization in the state, I have been able to utilize all of this experience to broaden our approach to include more voices, more decision-makers and using an intersectional approach to provide a broader, more sustainable vision for real change.

Statement

Representation Matters. Those most impacted by decisions should have their interests, stories, issues, and perspectives as part of the process. People's lives are impacted by the decisions made at every level of our government. We owe it to the families in our state to be thoughtful, intentional, and comprehensive as we continue to shape how resources and decisions are made. I strongly believe that the lens I bring and continually strive for allows for a more equitable, creative, and sustainable process. I am committed to ensuring everyone in our state has the opportunities to live safe, healthy, and sustainable lives.

Statement on Working with Consensus

My experience as a non-profit and community leader has provided me with the patience and acknowledgment that a comprehensive and strategic vision are critical to decision making. That coupled with my close to seven years as a Secretary's Regional Representative and the numerous boards and coalitions that I have served on have provided me with a deep commitment and understanding that it takes a village to build something that is worthwhile. There is too much at stake for many of our families and community. We owe it to Colorado to do this the best way possible.

Relevant Analytic Skills for Commission

Anyone who has ever been an executive director for a long period or who has served as a leader for others understands and practices the ability to analyze and come to a consensus. My role as a leader in the community who has created sustainable programs and continues to build capacity among partnerships is one example of my ability to apply logic and reason. I also pride myself on my ability for long term strategic visioning and moreover, how to create the map to get reach that vision.

Demographics

Racial categories the applicant identifies with:
Caucasian

The applicant has Hispanic/Latino/Spanish origin

Applicant identifies with the following gender

Female