Gena’s expertise in writing, project management, and strategic planning reflects her experience working for human service, environmental, and health-focused nonprofits. Prior to Upleaf, Gena served as the Development Director for La Puente, Inc., honing her skills in fundraising and evaluation.
Gena developed her web-based communications and marketing skills during her three years with San Luis Valley Health, managing a public will building campaign in partnership with The Colorado Trust. She has also worked as a research assistant and consultant for several organizations, including United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Regional Human Security Centre, and Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean in Amman, Jordan.
She is an active Rotarian and and previously served on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Health Equity Commission.