Raana Simmons joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in October 2019. Raana is the Director of Policy for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) and is also a member of the policy advisory committee for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). In her role at CCASA, Raana acts as the staff liaison at the State Capitol tasked with amplifying the collective voice of CCASA’s statewide membership to work in chorus with allied professionals and elected officials to advocate for legislative concepts that will improve the response to and prevention of sexual violence. Raana’s experience includes working for a variety of community-based organizations as a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and direct services advocate in the field of anti-violence. As an indigenous person, Raana is guided by ancient wisdoms that value collective decision-making, relationships, and responsible stewardship. She brings these values to her work by prioritizing extensive and engaged stakeholder processes that incorporate all voices – especially those at the intersections of race, gender, and socio-economic status. Raana believes the keystone of anti-violence work is found in depth of connection to community, where we all act as guardians in the legacy-building of a safer, fairer, and more just future.
Raana N. Simmons, MPA