Co-Founder, Chief Executive Director
Indira Guzman, a co-founder, and director at the Community Language Cooperative. After her Chicano Studies degree at Metro State University, Indira has acted as a liaison for the Spanish-speaking community throughout Denver. Indira lives with her two children in Sheridan, Colorado where she is a fierce advocate for equitable education. Indira currently sits as a board member for the Sanctuary Christian Fellowship and Commún Denver and is part of the leadership team with Sheridan Rising Together for Equity. Indira enjoys spending time with her children and traveling for enjoyment. Indira is dedicated to building local capacity using the Language Justice model to build vibrant and effective multilingual spaces to foster open communication across languages and cultures.
Co-Founder, Principal Consultant
Rosa is passionate about community-led initiatives, practicing solidarity, and activating partners. Rosa has direct experience in program development, community outreach, curriculum development, delivery, facilitation, and training. Rosa’s background includes ample experience fostering both community engagement and social justice. She previously worked with the NCFL as the Community Development Director where she initiated and developed community support at NCFL’s major project sites across the country. Rosa serves as a board member for MORE, a national nonprofit working to close the wealth gap by increasing access to homeownership and entrepreneurial opportunities in BIPOC communities. Rosa holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Nonprofit Administration from Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Jennifer’s experience comes from the leadership and administration skills gained as a Third Class Boatswain’s Mate during her time in the military. Jennifer is a Navy Veteran awarded many medals including a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. She grew up and lives in the Globeville neighborhood in Denver, where she is an active and engaged community member. Her hobbies include photography, exercise, and spending time with family and friends.
Jose Manuel Ramirez Perez
Jose has been with the Community Language Cooperative for 18 months. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Business from La Universidad del Valle de México in Aguascalientes. He is currently working on his master’s degree in finance. Jose is always eager to help and learn while meeting amazing people in the process. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends and family, watching movies and observing the stars and planets with a telescope.
Gabriela manages billing and accounts payable. She is currently at La Universidad Politécnica de Aguascalientes, working on a bachelor’s degree in International Business. Her passion is travel, meeting new people and new cultures.
Language Justice Practitioner / Interpreter
As Sam pursued his own career goals in the architectural design field, he found that the skills he had developed as a young man came in handy as he was assigned to projects in Mexico and South America. Full construction plans and documents were designed in English but needed to be “tropicalized” so that local contractors could follow the design documents in Spanish.
This realization led to the idea that every space in every industry needs to have linguistically diverse voices that can offer and contribute to the success of any project or endeavor.
Lead Language Justice Practitioner
Elizabeth is a first-generation college graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Communication (HCOM) from California State University, Monterey Bay. Her education in the interdisciplinary field of HCOM cultivated her multicultural awareness, fostered her critical thinking abilities and ignited her commitment to social justice. Elizabeth navigates the world with curiosity and a desire for adventure. Her wanderlust spirit prompted her to study abroad in Sweden as an undergraduate student. This experience strengthened her passion for language and cultural exchange and in time, inspired a journey to Spain where she honed her Spanish skills and taught English. Through her academic, professional and personal endeavors, Elizabeth seeks to celebrate the world’s cultural and linguistic diversity. She finds delight in a warm cup of coffee and fulfillment in creating new memories for her bucket list.
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Hannah graduated from FLTI in Arapahoe County in 2019. Hannah lives in Sheridan with her family and is a mom to her two dogs, Elvis and Presly. Currently, she is a student at Arapahoe Community College where she is taking courses in business management and music. In her free time, Hannah enjoys spending time with friends, family, and working on arts and crafts projects. She is a follower of Jesus Christ and likes to practice her trumpet. She also loves to travel and learn about new cultures and traditions. Hannah spends a lot of time in Mexico with her grandparents perfecting her Spanish skills.