Diana Aqra is a former journalist, media scholar, and consultant living in Denver, Colorado. She studies the intersection between media, society, and activism and works to encourage organizations to transform their media and PR strategy to incorporate the voice of the voiceless.
She has a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. She is a leader of “transformative media” – media that instructs, informs, and brings a deeper meaning to life.
Diana is the first generation of a Palestinian-Jordanian family living in the United States. Her mother and father currently live in Amman, Jordan, and her relatives live in the West Bank territory of Palestine, where she visits (and many times documents) every few years.
Joseph Boven is a communications expert with over a decade of experience as a communications leader and nearly 20 years in the media and journalism field. He has served as the communications director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Marzano Research and the Regional Educational Laboratory Central, and for Denver City Council District 1. In addition, he provided strategic communications as the senior content manager for the Colorado Health Foundation and consultant for Denver Public Schools—among a host of organizations and companies. Prior to entering the communications field, he worked for Colorado Media Matters, as a legislative and investigative journalist, and ran a cultural arts magazine. He was also a sommelier, commercial fisherman, travel writer, barista and worked in reality TV to round out his life. Boven has framed and garnered hundreds of stories in local, regional, and national media outlets and has been a part of driving strategic impact in critical areas of economic, racial, health, and education justice. Boven has degrees in English and Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Rachel Childs (she/her/hers) is Communications Coordinator at Colorado Nonprofit Association. Rachel has spent the last 10 years in the industry as a journalist, Peace Corps business volunteer, public relations coordinator and content creator. She is a dedicated communications professional who uses results and audience data to create relevant messaging to change the way nonprofits show up for their communities.
Her education includes a Masters of Arts degree in International and Intercultural Communications from University of Denver and undergraduate degrees in journalism and natural resource tourism from Colorado State University.
Qualifies for Excellence in Nonprofit Principles and Practices. Completion of a post-training evaluation is required for this training to count toward recognition.