Wednesday, May 1, 2013
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at [email protected]

DENVER: The Board of Directors and staff of ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest progressive online advocacy organization, are pleased to announce that Amy Runyon-Harms will become the organization’s next Executive Director effective May 1st, 2013. Amy comes to ProgressNow Colorado from Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), where she most recently served as Director of Political Outreach focused on electing candidates who support pro-family planning policies, comprehensive sex education, and full access to women’s reproductive health care.


Prior to her work at PPRM, Amy was the Colorado Legislative Director for the Gill Action Fund where she managed legislative and electoral efforts in Colorado and other western states.  Amy also worked on Colorado’s domestic partnership campaign in 2006, as well as for the Gill Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, and the Women’s Bean Project. After graduating from Simpson College in Iowa, Amy served as an environmental Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, East Africa. Amy is currently on the board of directors of One Colorado and has previously served on the boards of ProgressNow Colorado and WeeCycle Colorado.  She is a 2010 graduate of the Denver Metro Chamber’s Leadership Denver program.

“Amy is a stellar advocate for progressive issues with strong roots in the community.  Both her political relationships and organizing experience will prove valuable for ProgressNow Colorado,” said outgoing Executive Director Joanne Schwartz who recently accepted a position in Washington, DC. “2012 was a defining year for the organization and Amy is poised to lead the organization and its programs to even greater success.”

“On behalf of the staff at ProgressNow Colorado, we’re very excited to work with Amy,” said ProgressNow Colorado’s Political Director Alan Franklin. “Amy has served on our board for several years, and has already built strong relationships with the staff. As we bring to a close the most successful legislative session anyone can remember in Colorado, I can’t think of anyone more qualified than Amy to lead us into 2014 and beyond.”