Over 50 Colorado education and business leaders endorse Ilana



"We are proud to be a part of the CU family and support Ilana Spiegel because she has the knowledge and leadership to be a fierce advocate for the University of Colorado and help our university be a flagship for the country."



"Ilana fights on the front lines for an 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. "



"... We can count on Ilana to bring an innovative mindset to help CU develop cutting-edge solutions during a challenging time for higher education."



"...As a CU alum and former CU Regent, I cannot think of anyone better to serve in this important role for Colorado families in the 6th Congressional District."



"Ilana Spiegel is a Fierce Champion for students and parents and is a great member of the CU Regents. She’s advocated for students and Public Education for 25+ years, and..."



"Ilana has the expert academic knowledge and strength to bring positive change to CU and the state. Ilana listens to us, she learns from us and she fights for us..."

Even more of Ilana’s Most Recent Endorsements by Colorado Leaders

Meg Froelich, Colorado State House, District 3

“There is no one more dedicated to finding fair, realistic solutions towards all that concerns students, faculty, staff, parents, and the greater community.”

Karen Middleton, Former State Representative and Former State Board of Education Member

“Ilana Spiegel continually has her finger on the pulse of all that concerns students, teachers, and parents. I am forever impressed with her acumen and depth, always keeping it in the context of how issues directly affect whom when no one else is considering it.”

Dafna Michaelson-Jenet, Colorado State House, District 30

“Ilana knows that Colorado’s most valuable resource is its people. As a CU Regent she inspires those around her to use community problem solving skills to fight for opportunities for all. Like me, Ilana finds and shares the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to solve problems”

Vita Brown, Aurora Activist

“Ilana puts people first. She shows up. She listens. She takes action. She follows up. She is exactly the person we need fighting for students and protecting the people of the University of Colorado.”

Honorable Jonathan Singer, Colorado State House, District 11

“As a Social Worker and Lawmaker, I’ve worked my whole life to ensure every child gets a fair shot. Ilana has the progressive passion and the real-life experience to realize that goal for our next generation of CU students.”

CJ Whalen, Former Centennial City Council member

“Ilana understands how to work with diverse stakeholders and perspectives to create innovative solutions to complex problems.”

Honorable Evie Hudak, Former State Board of Education Committee Member and Chair of Colorado Senate Education Committee

“Ilana has first-hand experience at all levels of education systems and knows how to fight for access and opportunities for both students and faculty.”

Honorable Bill Holen, Arapahoe County Commissioner

“Ilana listens and builds relationships within education systems and the community to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Andrew Hudson, Career Expert, Former Press Secretary for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth, and jazz musician

“Ilana builds relationships and systems for all students achieve the brightest possible future. She knows that college debt is a bigger problem than credit card debt and is crushing the American Dream. Ilana is an innovative Regent who helps to build new paths for employment, family, and retirement.”

Honorable Andy Kerr, Honorable Andy Kerr, Jefferson County Commissioner, former Colorado State Representative, State Senator and Chair of the Senate Education Committee

“I have worked alongside Ilana for years, advocating for public schools and Public Education. I know the great skills and knowledge that Ilana brings to the CU Board of Regents. Ilana is a strong advocate for students at every level and understands the hardships that many Colorado students face entering and staying in CU.”

Not to mention these excellent Colorado folks

  • John Buckley, Past Chair, Arapahoe Democrats

  • Tom Sullivan, Colorado State House, District 37

  • Joe Salazar, Civil Rights Attorney and past Representative HD31 Adams County

  • Steve O’Dirisio, Adams County Commissioner

  • Leslie Herod, Colorado State House, District 8

  • Rep. Sonya Jacques Lewis, HD 12

  • John Ronquillo, Professor, CU-Denver

  • Lorena Garcia, 2020 US Senate Candidate

  • Diana Bray, Climate Activist

  • Dr. Joyce Brooks, Education Chair, Denver NAACP

  • Kevin Cox, Aurora Public Schools Board of Education

  • Vicki Reinhard, Aurora Public Schools Board of Education

  • Hon. Gail Schoettler, Former Lt. Governor of Colorado, State Treasurer

  • Nancy Jackson, Arapahoe County Commissioner

  • Steve Fenberg, Colorado State Senate, District 18 – Senate Majority Leader

  • Mike Weissman, Colorado State House, District 36

  • Dominick Moreno, Colorado State Senate, District 21 – Chair of Joint Budget Committee

  • Nicole Johnstone, Aurora Mayor Pro Tem

  • Crystal Murrillo, Aurora City Council

  • Juan Marcano, Aurora City Council

  • Allison Coombs, Aurora City Council

  • Honorable Wellington Webb

  • Congressman Ed Perlmutter, CD7

  • Tay Anderson, Denver City Council

  • Darien Wilson, Community Advocate

  • Marlo Alston, Centennial City Council

  • Tina Marquis, Boulder Valley School District Board of Education

  • Lesley Smith, Colorado Board of Regents

  • Jack Kroll, CU Regent CD1

  • Irene Griego, CU Regent Emeritus, CD 7

  • Linda Shoemaker, Colorado Board of Regents

  • John Walsh, Former U.S. Attorney for State of Colorado

  • Dan Baer, Former US Ambassador

  • Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, HD 4

  • Senator Julie Gonzales

  • Fmr. Speaker Mark Ferrandino

  • Honorable Suzanne Williams

  • Wendy DeBell, Former Cherry Creek Board of Education, President

  • Alec Garnett, Colorado State House, District 2 and House Majority Leader

  • Jeff Bridges, Colorado State Senate, District 26

  • Lisa Weil, Exec. Director, Great Education Colorado

  • Llyod Lewis, Disability Advocate

  • Senator Rhonda Fields, SD 20

  • Rep.  Chris Hansen, HD 6

  • Sen. Faith Winter, SD 24

  • Kyla Armstrong-Romero, President, Aurora Schools BoE

  • Omar Montgomery, President NAACP Aurora

  • Scott Balderman, Denver Public School Board

  • David Ray, Douglas County School Board


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.