IMG_3163Welcome to Northeast Transportation Connections

Northeast Transportation Connections is about building sustainability in our neighborhoods.

We do this by reducing the number of single-occupant cars and trucks on the road. This decreases pollution, cuts down on traffic, and helps our neighbors live healthy, active lives.

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To work with the public and private sectors to reduce single occupant vehicle travel, to improve mobility, and to establish sustainable transportation throughout the northeast Denver area by creating, supporting, and promoting an array of transportation options for commuters, residents, students, and visitors.



Our staff:


Angie_RiveraMalpiedeAngie Rivera-Malpiede

Director Angie Rivera-Malpiede was sworn in as Director for RTD District C on March 9, 2010. She was selected by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and confirmed by the Denver City Council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Director Juanita Chacon.

During her time in office, she oversaw the opening of the new Denver Union Station and the expansion of the FasTracks public transit program, including the construction of the new University of Colorado A Line to Denver International Airport. She has held positions such as Chair of the Civil Rights Committee, Vice-Chair of the General Managers Oversight Committee, Secretary of the Board, and Member of the Executive Committee.

Director Malpiede was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Public Transportation Association, a high honor in the national transportation arena. In 2013, she was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Hispanic Transportation Council and currently sits on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

In addition to these duties, she is currently employed as Director of Northeast Transportation Connections. She manages the Sustainable Development Initiative, which includes advocacy and programs promoting alternative transportation methodologies for the Stapleton Foundation – a nonprofit serving Stapleton (an urban redevelopment of the old Stapleton airport), and the Park Hill, East Montclair, Southwest Commerce City, Montbello, Globeville, Clayton, Whittier, Cole, Elyria Swansea, and Northwest Aurora neighborhoods.

Director Malpiede works extensively in neighborhood connection issues and serves as a liaison for the Foundation to the Stapleton Citizen Advisory Board, the Greater Stapleton Business Association, the Park Creek Metro District, and the Stapleton Development Corporation.

Prior to her position at NETC, Director Malpiede was the Marketing and Public Relations Director for Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, which focused on advancing the economic success of Latino families. During her time there, she was responsible for Mi Casa receiving more press than any other nonprofit in the State of Colorado.

Director Malpiede served as Public Relations Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Diversity Team at the Rocky Mountain News, working to connect communities of diversity. She worked with the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council for twenty years, where she developed programs that served high-risk girls and now serve as national models. She also held the position of Public Relations and Fundraising Director for the Denver Center for Crime Victims.

Director Malpiede works in the areas of community organizing, networking, and marketing in the Denver area. She has served on the Living Streets Task Force, the East Side Mobility Plan Task Force, the Westerly Creek Greenway Master Plan Steering Committee, the FasTracks Citizens Advisory Committee, and the RTD Unlimited Pass Committee.

Director Malpiede is an avid mass transit advocate and embodies a passion to establish sustainable transportation options that are inclusive across all socioeconomic levels.



eric2Eric Herbst

Eric Herbst comes to us from the Midwest where he grew up on a farm in Farmington, MO (hard to imagine, I’m sure). He moved to Colorado in 2007 for an AmeriCorps Service Year where he first got a taste for nonprofits. During this AmeriCorps Leadership and Conservation Program, he spent his time working with at-risk youth, removing invasive species, working as a sawyer to reduce the number of beetle infested lodge-pole pines throughout Colorado, and installing efficient materials as a part of a Low-Energy Assistant Program to encourage residents to improve the efficiency of their homes while reducing their overall usage of water and electricity.

Shortly thereafter, Eric went on to work for the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) as a Program Manager for a few years, managing their volunteer projects. Here, he split his time between New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, maintaining, building, and preserving the 3,100-mile-long trail. Continuing on with the CDTA, he was able to elbow his way in on a much-anticipated Mapping Crew, successfully hiking and surveying the Continental Divide Trail to inventory the trail for the Forest Service and to create map books as a resource for hikers.

After this position was fulfilled, Eric went on to work for People For Bikes as their Events Manager for the western half of the US. Here, he researched, planned, and attended the most appropriate events in order to successfully promote the People For Bikes mission of getting a million names in support of a stronger national voice for biking. This allowed Eric to grow as an advocate for biking and alternative modes of transportation as a whole, working closely with like-minded organizations struggling for the same cause.

Eric has also been afforded the life of an outdoor guide when he is able to fit it in between jobs, working as a Backcountry Snowmobile Guide and as a Snowboarding Mentor/Instructor for SOS Outreach here in Colorado. He recently returned from Alaska where he worked as a sea kayaking and glacier hiking guide in Valdez.

Eric has also been on a few personal adventures. In 2008, he spent six months in Guatemala volunteering at an orphanage teaching English, and he spent three months in 2011 paddling the entire Missouri River from start to finish with his former girlfriend (now wife) Grace.



jesse2Jesse Livingston

Jesse Livingston is an author, musician, and graphic designer born and raised in Denver, CO.

Jesse has worked for several nonprofits, including the North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC), and Environment Colorado. He has also worked in a distillery, a bookstore, a library, an animal hospital, and several public schools.

In addition to writing non-fiction articles for local and national publications, his fiction has appeared in audio magazines like Pseudopod and The Drabblecast.

Jesse’s freelance graphic design service Tesseract Design provides branding and web-development assistance to small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs. He has a strong interest in local and cooperative economics. His award-winning visual art has appeared on book jackets, posters, and album sleeves.



laceyLacey Champion

Lacey Champion was born in a sleepy town in central Illinois. In college, she went on a service trip to Ireland to work in youth development, and it changed her life. From that moment on, she was hooked on working in solidarity with diverse cultures and communities.

She moved to Denver in April 2010 and spent the next few months working and flying off to meet and walk with her close friend Jonathon Stalls as he walked across the country. After Jonathon returned, Lacey became an avid supporter and participant in his organization, Walk2Connect. This began to open her eyes to vast world of alternative transportation.

Since moving to Denver, Lacey has worked and volunteered with a number of organizations working with international communities, including Starfish and Community Health Partnerships Honduras. She helped create an International Advocacy Team and co-lead the team for four years as they began to work alongside communities in Honduras.

In late 2014, she graduated with her Masters of Arts in Social Change, and in 2015 moved to Nepal with Edge of Seven. While she lived in a girls’ hostel in the Himalayan mountains (rough life, I know), she partnered with the local girls and an indigenous non profit, The Small World, to create a women’s leadership and empowerment program.

Upon her return in late 2015, Lacey decided that she wanted to start to “stay put” and explore working with local communities. In her brief time without a car in Denver, her world was opened to the alternative transportation options Denver offers (including the obstacles and holes in them). She found NETC in November and was so delighted when they welcomed her with open arms. Lacey is so excited to be working alongside communities and businesses advocating for transportation needs!

When she is not working, you can find Lacey on the board of Write Our World, gallivanting around the mountains, researching airline tickets to places around the world where she has a left a piece of her heart, and snuggling with dogs that aren’t actually hers.



GabiGavi Lucero

Gavi worked throughout high school with the after school program at Escuela Tlatelolco, helping kids with homework and bringing in outside mentors to advise students on careers in their field of interest, inspiring them to follow their dreams.

After graduation, she started school at Regis University, majoring in elementary education. Gavi has always believed that there are never enough teachers in the world, and especially not enough that motivate students to continue their education. She has done placements at many different schools in DPS and Adams 12.




Zorra is a dog. She cares about alternative transportation as much as a dog can. She is also one of Denverite’s 50 Under 50 Top Dogs.