President & CEO
COLOR Action Fund
Dusti Gurule is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of nonprofit, public service, and community advocacy experience. She has a strong passion for advancing justice issues and works to advance an intersectional and racial equity framework. She has founded and led several nationally recognized progressive non-profit and political efforts, including helping to launch the architecture for the progressive infrastructure in Colorado in 2006, served as an Obama appointee with the U.S. Labor Department for 7 years, and continues to curate a more robust Latino political ‘space and voice’ in the state. Dusti serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Voces Unidas de las Montañas and is the chair of the board for Voces Unidas Action Fund.
Aurea Bolaños Perea
Strategic Communications Director
Aurea (she/her/ella) is a Tijuana-native from San Diego, CA. She earned her Master’s in Political Science with an emphasis on legislative behavior and Latinas in politics from CSU Chico in 2019. Aurea’s involvement in political movements and political consulting began during her time in UC Merced as a Campus Organizing Director, where she was in charge of implementing and strategizing the response student activists would take throughout the UC system. From then on, she has trained community members, non-profit organizers, elected leaders, and soon-to-be-elected leaders throughout California and the nation about political organizing, political strategy, effective communication skills, and more.
As someone who cares about the political empowerment of every woman, Aurea believes that all of our hermanes deserve to be involved in every sphere of government. She seeks opportunities where Latinas are the driving force in enacting policy change.
Vilma (she/her/ella) is a first-generation Argentine-American with a solid background in operations management and customer service, as well as writing and editing. During her former career in the travel industry, Vilma trained and coached her staff and learned the importance of team comradery in accomplishing goals and ensuring financial success. Although she enjoyed her travel industry career, she decided to move to the nonprofit sector and create a new career that reflected her life experiences and passion for social justice.
Vilma grew up in California and watched her working-poor parents struggle financially as immigrants who could not speak English. As a teenager, she lost her mother to a stroke. Then, when she was a young adult, her father soon followed, dying from a heart attack. Both tragedies and her childhood experiences solidified her passion for the intersectionality work of economic, immigrant, and health justice. Vowing not to end up like her parents, Vilma is the first in her family to earn college degrees and an English Writing summa cum laude graduate from the University of Colorado, Denver, where she studied BIPOC literature. She joined the COLOR team to help better the lives of Latinx people and join the reproductive justice fight. She is thrilled to contribute detailed and organizational work behind the scenes to ensure the nonprofit’s success.
In her spare time, she loves to blog, garden, read, and explore the Rockies.
Board of Directors
Political Director at SEIU
Southwest Regional Director of Working Families Party
President and CEO of Voces Unidas de las Montañas
Principal at Double G+J
Owner of Stokes Poké,
Colorado State Director at America Votes