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
Lisa Vogt joined Economic Literacy Colorado as the Stock Market Coordinator after retiring from ThunderRidge High School in Douglas county where she taught economics, American government and student government. Prior to teaching at ThunderRidge, Lisa taught special education at Highlands Ranch High School, Cresthill Middle School and Excelsior Youth Center. Lisa holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelors in secondary education in social studies from Drake University. Lisa has been involved with Economic Literacy Colorado since 1991. She has a certification in economic education through Economic Literacy Colorado, served on the the Board, and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia with Dr. John Brock and the first Global Economic Education Alliance