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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 Rivera-Malpiede

Angie Rivera-Malpiede is Vice President of the Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities, managing the Sustainable Development Initiative, which includes advocacy and programs promoting alternative transportation methodologies. She is also Executive Director of Northeast Transportation Connections (NETC), 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.

Angie is the former Director for RTD District C. 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.

In 2013, Angie was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Hispanic Transportation Council and currently sits on the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee. She works extensively on 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, Angie 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.

Angie 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, now the Center for Trauma and Resilience.

Angie 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.

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




Eric 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.



Jesse 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 such as Pseudopod and The Drabblecast.

Jesse has a strong interest in cooperative economics, affordable housing, and access to transportation as a civil rights issue.



Lacey 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 challenges associated with them). She found NETC in November of 2015 and was delighted when they welcomed her with open arms.

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.



Ken Boden

A Boulder native, Ken attended the University of Colorado and earned a degree in International Affairs.  While at CU, he worked at the Henderson Museum with the curator of anthropology. Prior to graduating, and on the advice of his boss, he attended the University of Colorado’s field school at Yellow Jacket, Colorado. He spent the next six years as an itinerant archaeological field worker (dig bum) investigating archaeological cultures as diverse as Paleo Indian, Anasazi, Hohokam, Mogollon, modern Dine and historic Anglo homesteaders.

Ken received his MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona after several field seasons in Southeast Turkey at the site of Hacinebi on the Euphrates river. During his stay in Turkey, he traveled over much of the Middle East and Caucasus and has vivid and happy memories of Syria before the country imploded in the wake of the 2003 “Shock and Awe” campaign in neighboring Iraq.

Ken left archaeology while living in Turkey to join several close friends in the creation of an English Language School in Istanbul. After successfully establishing the school, he returned to Colorado. He worked for seven years as a real estate broker with a group of wonderful colleagues at Walnut Realty, in Boulder. At about that same time, he met his wife, Maria (Auxi) Guzman while traveling in Ecuador. Never truly adjusting to the boom and bust financial reality of real estate, he found fun and engaging work with the Way to Go program at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

Ken joined NETC in March of 2017 after five years at DRCOG. Ken is thrilled to work with the talented crew of NETC and to blend his straightforward approach to business outreach with the holistic and community-building style practiced by his enthusiastic cohorts.

Ken and Auxi travel yearly back to Ecuador to spend time with family, experience first-hand the remarkable public transportation facilities of Guayaquil and Quito, and explore the cultural history of this verdant Andean gem.



Karly Andrus

A fourth generation Coloradan and a Denver native, Karly attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT. After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, she returned to Colorado for a new adventure. She has found many with her husband, family, and involvement in her community.

Karly comes to NETC from the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC), where she spent five years working on real estate transactions, grants compliance, and policy tracking and advocacy. She assisted in ULC’s involvement with the Neighborhood Development Collaborative, Housing Colorado, Mile High Connects, and Practitioners Leveraging Assets for Community Enhancement (PLACE).

Prior to this, she provided direct services and casework as a Congressional Aide and Special Projects Coordinator at Congresswoman Diana DeGette’s Denver District Office for seven-and-a-half years. Her position there allowed her to work on all manner of federally related issues; in particular, housing, transportation, redevelopment, and social equity programs and their interaction with state and local realities. She previously worked at Denver Inner City Parish as their Food Bank Manager, GED Teacher, and Volunteer Coordinator.

In her current role, Karly relishes the opportunity to bridge the connection between high level policy discussions and the creation of community-informed and -led programs that will positively impact the daily lives of all those affected by these discussions.



Gavi 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.







Bosco works like a dog to promote non-SOV transportation options such as walking, not walking when he doesn’t feel like it, and walking over to steal people’s sandwiches.