Public Affairs Manager, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Arriana Salma Belkin currently serves as the Colorado Public Affairs Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), working to improve access to quality, comprehensive, and affordable reproductive health care. She leads the statewide activism program, empowering students to organize on their respective college and university campuses and developing supporters as community leaders to share their personal stories and experiences, lobby their elected officials, and support the organization year-round in its policy and field efforts. During the legislative session, Arriana brings this activist voice to the Colorado State Capitol, empowering PPRM supporters to testify to defeat reproductive rights and abortion care attacks as well as push for proactive legislation. During electoral cycles, Arriana leads the statewide coordinated program, supporting pro-reproductive rights champions as they pursue elected office. Arriana also serves on Solidarity, the organization’s staff of color workgroup. This workgroup evaluates the organization’s policies, practices, and procedures across the agency in pursuit of racial equity and justice. For the past two years Arriana has served on the Board of Directors for Emerge Colorado, the state’s premier organization that recruits, trains, and provides a powerful network to women who want to run for office. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee, providing oversight and guidance over the organization. Arriana also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union in Colorado (ACLU-CO), the state’s oldest civil rights organization. During the 2020 election cycle, Arriana joined the volunteer organization Ismailis Rise Up as Community Manager, bringing together her professional experience and her personal faith as a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim. Arriana was part of a team that trained over 150 organizers statewide, registered voters, and implemented “get out the vote” efforts for Ismailis, amplifying the community’s political power nationwide. Prior to her work at PPRM, Arriana served as an organizer for New Era Colorado, registering voters and bringing young people into the civic engagement process. She also served as the Associate Legislative Director for the State Innovation Exchange (SiX), training and supporting progressive state legislators across the county. Arriana was born in Pune, India, and has grown up in Lakewood, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Denver where she studied pre-law and sociology.