Experienced, Passionate, Committed

As your University of Colorado Regent Ilana defends academic freedom, fights for opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff, and protects the University’s most important values and priorities. As a teacher and mother of students attending the University of Colorado, Ilana is a fierce advocate for students and families.

Ilana’s education and leadership skills were developed working in diverse and inclusive education systems, and with students and families in diverse communities. Ilana grew up learning that hard work and helping others sparks positive change. As a mom and educator with decades of experience in public education, Ilana works tirelessly to ensure the University of Colorado is a model of affordability and inclusivity.

Ilana’s Professional Background

  • B.A. – English and Economics – Wellesley College

  • M.A. – Education – Columbia University

  • 5+ Years as Classroom Educator

  • 10+ Years as Staff developer, coach, and public education advocate and consultant

  • Education columnist

  • Grassroots public education advocate and organizer

  • Parent of 4 children in public school and University of Colorado

  • Wife and partner with Dr. Jeff Spiegel

  • 2014 Colorado Standards and Assessment Task Force member

  • 2015 Wendy DeBell Exceptional Volunteer of the Year award recipient

  • 2018 recipient of the Colorado Education Association’s Coloradan award for outstanding service in support of public education

  • 2019 Certificate of Special Recognition for service to the community from Congressman Jason Crow

A Leader with an Inclusive Perspective

Ilana is a leader on the CU Board of Regents who understands and values our education system. Ilana has a 360 degree view of a public education and leads in a way that is responsive to Colorado’s hardworking families. Ilana fights for policies to eliminate opportunity gaps for students of color, students with disabilities, and low income and first generation students.

“Ilana fights on the front lines for accessible and affordable education for all. As Regent, Ilana protects the $4.5 billion investment Colorado allocates to be a value added for our Colorado students”

Dave Young • Colorado State Treasurer


As long as high costs, injustice & inequality persist in our education system, none of us can truly rest.

Ilana will be the public servant Colorado needs to protect and grow Colorado’s public education system.

Get in touch today and help make a difference.