President and CEO
In January 2016, Debbie Pierce became president of Economic Literacy Colorado after serving on the board of directors for two years. She was formerly the Vice President of Media & Community Relations for the Daniels Fund, a $1.3 billion foundation providing nonprofit grants and college scholarships in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Prior career experience includes 19 years at the nonprofit Young Americans Center for Financial Education, where she served as Vice President of Communications, Capital Campaign Manager, and Program Director, to name a few roles. She also served as Director of Communications at Shalom Cares, and was co-founder and co-owner of a clothing business, Winwoods of Cherry Creek. Debbie has served on various boards, including Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and Economic Literacy Colorado. She is a native of Colorado and earned her education degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Amanda joined Economic Literacy Colorado in March 2006 having previously worked in marketing for architecture and landscape architecture firms. She has spent the past ten years developing and stewarding relationships with individual, foundation and corporate donors, through management and planning the organization’s events as well as corporate and foundation grant writing. She continues to work to strengthen Economic Literacy Colorado’s relationships in the community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Kansas in 1998.
Education Program Director
Jay joined Economic Literacy Colorado in May 2018. He is responsible for EconLitCo’s economics and PFL professional development programs for Colorado K-12 teachers. He also works with university faculty, K-12 teachers, school district leaders, and state organizations to develop classes and standards training for teachers throughout Colorado. Before taking this position, Jay worked for almost 25 years as a social studies and math middle school teacher in the Denver area (primarily in Littleton). Jay was the 2011 recipient of the Colorado State History Teacher of the Year Award, and has attended and presented at a variety of national teacher conferences (NCSS, NCHE, NCTM, CCSS, etc..) over his career. He is married to Kiki (a high school math teacher) and enjoys sports, travel (especially to history/culture sites), and reading anything he can get his hands on!
Stock Market Experience Coordinator
Brian joined Economic Literacy Colorado as the Stock Market Experience Coordinator in June 2019. Brian brings a passion for investing and personal financial responsibility to his position. He has been an active investor for more than thirty years, during which time he has had careers in academia and industry. His interest in personal finance stems from finding that his two daughters were receiving only minimal economic and personal financial training. Happily, he was able to instill in his daughters the value of saving and investing, and is proud to say that they started saving with their first paychecks. He lives in the foothills with his wife, Leatha, and dog, Cami. In his free time he sits on board of the Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, volunteers with the Colorado Mountain Club, and enjoys climbing and hiking as often as possible.
Cheryl joined Economic Literacy Colorado as Administrative Associate in August 2019. Her background includes management, accounting and teaching high school math. She also served in the U.S. Army where she repaired components of missile launching systems, and was promoted to Sergeant after graduating with honors from the leadership training. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento with a minor in music. She currently plays keyboard with the worship band at Rocky Mountain Christian Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends.