Andrea Barela will be leading as new President and CEO of NEWSED beginning in January 2018. “I intent to keep NEWSED innovative and relevant while the environment continues to change. I also intent to uphold our organizational mission, vision and values as best as I know how with an amazing staff of hard working leaders,” said Barela. As a current NEWSED executive, she has been responsible for coordinating fundraising initiatives and special events; marketing and public relations, among other tasks.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has served as the board president of the Business Improvement District for the Santa Fe Drive Corridor. And she has served on multiple boards including the Colorado Association of Festivals and Events. Also, she is the Director of the Sunnyside Music Festival in North Denver.