Hosts

Amanda Bent, Drug Policy Alliance

Amanda is a policy coordinator for the Colorado office of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Before relocating to Colorado, she served the same role in DPA’s New Jersey office. She works to promote the professionalization of harm reduction modalities in behavioral health practice and implement changes in drug policy that prioritize human dignity, social justice and public health.

Kayvan S.T. Khalatbari, Birdy, Denver Relief Consulting, Sexy Pizza, Sexpot Comedy

Kayvan is a social activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and the founder of art&, weaving his many businesses into art and discussions related to social policy. It is this that inspired Kayvan to create art& in hopes of helping others see these relationships and how they can impact the larger narrative related to community building and progressive civic action.

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Art Way, Drug Policy Alliance

Art Way is a Senior Director for DPA’s National Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and State Director for DPA’s Colorado Office. As Senior Director, Art co-leads an internal process to generate a multi-year criminal justice reform strategy to guide DPA’s efforts in the field and is responsible for establishing DPA’s criminal justice policy and advocacy priorities.

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Sara Wilson, Nerd Nite, Nerd Riot Productions, DINK

Sara is a non-profit communications specialist turned event producer who cut her teeth on socially-conscious entrepreneurship at organizations such as the United Nations and The Hunger Project. She now produces and hosts the boozy local lecture series Nerd Nite and has lent her production skills to a number of other community-driven and nerd-centric events and production companies around Denver.