STAFF MEMBERS 

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Trennie Burch

Community Programs Director

Trennie Burch (she/her) is a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe was raised and grew up on the Southern Ute reservation and is a part of the LBGTQ+ Community. Burch is also co-founder of an LGBTQ+ youth group out of Ignacio, Southwest Rainbow Youth, which emphasis education, awareness and support of the youth in the local LGBTQ+ community and has recently co-founded Ignacio Out & Equal Alliance.

            As an indigenous woman, Burch has started working around social justice in the hopes to bring BIPOC voices to the forefront of communities that directly impact Native Country and vice versa. 

 

“For me it really is just giving back to the community that I love. My Nuchu people have been on these lands and giving thanks to everything and everyone that came before me and everything that’s yet to come is super important to me. Our ancestors went through struggles we can’t even imagine so that I (we) can be here today. I want to give thanks to them and make them proud of who I am and who I’m becoming,” 

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Mimi Madrid

Executive Director

Mimi Madrid (he/they/she) is a mexica chicanx queer two-spirit writer, multimedia-maker, organizer and tio. Mimi’s family roots start in Northern Mexico in the states of Chihuahua y Durango—homelands of her grandmas Dolores Puga y Rosa Torres. Mimi was born in El Paso, Texas and raised in so-called Denver, Colorado—the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people.

Mimi's worked more than a decade in reproductive justice, youth leadership and LGBTQ+ liberation movements. Mimi’s focus is the development, implementation, and evaluation of cultural, wellness, and safety community programs, events, and curriculum. He’s worked with organizations around Denver that center LGBTQ folks, indigenous young people, survivors of violence, immigrant families, and communities of color. 

"I believe in the power of youth, elimination of borders, popular education, all forms of art expression, intergenerational healing and learning, swaying on the continuums of gender expression, identity, and orientation, singing out-loud, leaving to come back, dancing in revolution, and sana-sana-colita-de-rana."