What is a Creative Catalyzer leader? This is not the same as our board nor staff. This is our network of elected volunteer community leaders with a passion for one or more of the four sectors of focus: the arts, tech industry, ecological companies, and human service organizations. They come together a few times per year to brainstorm amazing concepts and network their resources. They suggest a project, an artistic director, or producer and share possibilities to foster more culture in Boulder county.


Kate Nicholson

A former civil rights lawyer for the Obama administration, Tilt West and East organizer for a critical dialogue on the arts, Harvard alumni, Kate is 100% for making this a more equal, just and creative world.

Bridget Johnson

Entrepreneur, ecologist, National Ski Patroller, sustainable practices leader, owner of Green Girl Recycling, Bridget has called Boulder her home for over 20 years boots-on-the ground fostering a safer, cleaner and friendlier world.

Kevin Emory

Colorado native, conservationist, and entrepreneur, Kevin is the founder & director of RYM Recycling, a local zero waste non-profit dedicated to helping individuals reduce their consumer footprint.

Angie Eng

Artist and educator for marginalized populations, Angie is at the forefront of organizing culture and community arts. She established and directed a non-profit organization for youth media in Paris and an AIDS education program through the arts in Ethiopia. She is the founder and director of Creative Catalyzers.

Michael Franklin

Chair of the graduate Transpersonal Art Therapy program and director of the Naropa Community Art Studio, clinician and artist, Michael is an international workshop leader, writer, and researcher integrating yoga philosophy and meditation with the visual arts. Michael advocates for the power of contemplative connections to the arts.

Steven Frost

Professional artist, instructor in Media Studies CU boulder, host of the Colorado Sewing Rebellion at the Boulder Public Library, co-founder of the Experimental Weaving Residency, and director of CMAP Black Box performance space, Steven may even be creating and organizing in his sleep to mobilize you to explore your inner artist and activist.

David Slayden

Advertising consultant for Microsoft, BMW, Omnicom, current director of CMCI Studio, Advertising, PR and Media Design, former professional cyclist, polyglot, ballet dancer, drummer, David’s repertoire of talents should not be underestimated. He has innovative visions for higher education by bridging it with culture, technology and business.

Malia Martinez

Contemporary artist and electronic musician, Malia is not only at the forefront of the hip and underground she is a big advocate for a more inclusive world whereby through new technology the hearing impaired can equally dance and listen to concerts. 

Peter Vitale

Lawyer, entrepreneur, real estate developer, impresario, Peter blends legal and business advisory services with an emphasis on environmentally and socially responsible business practices. He serves on the city’s Planning Board and organizing cultural extravaganzas with Kaleidoscope Collective.

Joy Redstone

Director of Naropa Community Counseling, adjunct faculty at Naropa University, licensed clinical social worker, writer, visual artist, former executive director of Bridge House, advocate for the homeless and board member of Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, Joy is a natural Creative Catalyzer.

Jiffer Harriman

Engineer, musician, artist, musical instrument designer,  founder of Boulder Experiments in Art and Technolog, Atlas instructor at CU Boulder, Jiffer with a balanced left and right brain, has a BS electrical engineering from CU Boulder and an MA in Music, Science and Technology at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. 

Past Creative Catalyzer Leaders

Nick Beni (2020)

Facilities manager for Sparkfun Electronics, ecologist and true lover of nature, Nick was the second SSI freediving instructor of Colorado and with a passion for sustainability he was awarded ‘recycler of the year’ by the Colorado Association of Recycling in 2017, Nick is dedicated to making this a cleaner and beautiful world.

Christopher Carruth (2020)

Artist and educator with a Masters in Tech, Media, and Society, Chris is a community organizer with his non-profit, VOX to promote digital literacy and empower marginalized communities.

Azia Abrahan-May (2020)

Azia helped lead the Dare to Care food drive while studying psychology at Naropa University and leading meditation workshops at the Shambhala Center.