Deyanira "Deya" Zavala serves as CCLP's Interim Associate Executive Director. Deya is an experienced, collaborative nonprofit leader with experience working in community economic development. Driven by her commitment to equity, she previously served as Executive Director of Mile High Connects, a regional coalition which actively worked to build a thriving, resilient Denver metro region. In her role, she forged partnership between public and private sector partners while facilitating community-driven change. Her areas of expertise additionally include resilience, mobility and resilient cities. Visit Deya's CCLP staff profile here.

Oct 14, 2021

Recent articles

Who gets the tax breaks in the 2023 Colorado Legislature?

Colorado is in a very odd situation.  Our legislators can’t raise taxes due to TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights). Those are decisions left to voters, who often favor only the taxes they themselves do not pay. On the other hand, both the voters and legislators can cut...

Unwinding Continuous Coverage

Since March 2020, Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHP+) have been able to maintain their health coverage. This policy has meant fewer gaps in care, less paperwork, and more peace of mind. States kept people enrolled in exchange for the...

2023 Legislative Preview Event Recap

Colorado’s Legislative Session came early this year, and CCLP was ready for it! Right on the heels of the holidays CCLP hosted our 2023 Legislative Preview on January 4th. CCLP staff presented some of our legislative priorities for the antipoverty movement.   Interim...

Celebrating the Power of Hispanic & Latino Entrepreneurs

by | Oct 14, 2021

From our October 2021 Newsletter:

A word from our Executive Director, Deyanira Zavala

This week, we wind down National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, a month-long celebration on the experience and imprints that Hispanic and Latinx culture leave on all of us. The Hispanic/Latinx cultural legacy is one of the reasons we found our way to this great city – from the [email protected] murals to the thriving businesses along Morrison Road, it felt like home. My summers with family working in their businesses shaped the person I am today and why spotlighting the resilience of Hispanic & Latinx businesses is so important to me. We are excited to share with you all a few ways you can continue to keep our community thriving, long after October 15th.


Entrepreneurs & Small Business: The Fabric of Community

One thing is certain – the Hispanic & Latinxs communities are not a monolith. But the strong practices & principles of community, family, and sharing are deeply woven into our everyday life. It is why so many turn to entrepreneurship and cooperative ownership as a path towards economic prosperity. However, access to capital still presents barriers and challenges.


One way forward is through Legacy Business Preservation programs. Check out Small Business Anti-Displacement Network‘s #ToolkitTuesday Twitter thread on this.


Community Spotlight: Raices Brewery

Among the vibrant landscape of Hispanic and Latinx local businesses, check out Sun Valley-based Raices Brewerywhere community and craft beer come together. With a small grant from Denver Arts & Venues, they were able to transform their space into a community hub.


Community Stewardship: What’s Inspiring Us

Women Helping Women Build Financial Defenses in Westwood

Latino Rebels:What Latinos Look Like

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Connective Tissue: Opportunities to Connect

Recent articles

Who gets the tax breaks in the 2023 Colorado Legislature?

Colorado is in a very odd situation.  Our legislators can’t raise taxes due to TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights). Those are decisions left to voters, who often favor only the taxes they themselves do not pay. On the other hand, both the voters and legislators can cut...

Unwinding Continuous Coverage

Since March 2020, Coloradans enrolled in Medicaid and Child Health Plus (CHP+) have been able to maintain their health coverage. This policy has meant fewer gaps in care, less paperwork, and more peace of mind. States kept people enrolled in exchange for the...

2023 Legislative Preview Event Recap

Colorado’s Legislative Session came early this year, and CCLP was ready for it! Right on the heels of the holidays CCLP hosted our 2023 Legislative Preview on January 4th. CCLP staff presented some of our legislative priorities for the antipoverty movement.   Interim...