Alison Gordon
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Development & Communications Manager for CIRC Action Fund

Ali works in Communications and Development at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and CIRC Action Fund. She graduated summa cum laude from Colorado Christian University where she studied Communications, Political Science, and Philosophy as a Daniels Fund Scholar. Ali considers her upbringing in a fundamentalist, Evangelical Christian and staunchly conservative mountain community just outside Denver, the fire that forged many of her personal passions and motivated her professional pursuits.

Her thirst for knowledge and curiosity about the world led her to study abroad at the University of Oxford for two semesters where she was selected among her cohort to receive the de Jager prize for academic excellence during her visiting student academic term. Ali also spent all four years of college traveling across the U.S. on her university’s forensics team where she served as team president, led her team to their record-best national ranking--top 4, and personally won multiple national championships in varied styles of speech and debate.

Ali’s proclivity to question the world around her also led her into political activism, beginning on her university campus--one of the top 10 most conservative universities in America. Recognizing the work to be done in her own life and immediate context, Ali co-lead her university’s student body in initiatives to encourage systemic change by the administration...seeking to motivate greater equity, transparency, and opportunity within the university system, especially for students of color. Her passions for racial and gender justice also moved her to volunteer and freelance with nonprofits serving individuals facing discrimination and homelessness in Colorado.

When an unexpected health issue prevented her from pursuing service in the Peace Corps, Ali found her skills and passions aligned with the mission and values of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, as they seek statewide systemic change to benefit immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ folx, refugees, and asylum seekers throughout Colorado.

When she’s not traveling or exploring the great outdoors, Ali enjoys exploring Denver's art and street art, taking photos, and discovering new coffee shops. The fight for justice and compassion is a lifelong commitment and one in which Ali seeks constant opportunity to cultivate in her own life and home state. As one of her favorite quotes reads: “There’s some good in this world…and it’s worth fighting for.”