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Ulcca Joshi Hansen and Pastor Vernon Jones Jr.

Pastor Vernon Jones Jr. and his wife Jaymie are the proud parents of five awesome kids. Three are current students in Denver Public Schools and two are \college students at Texas Christian University. Vernon is a former school leader and educator within Denver Public Schools at Manual High School and Executive Director at Omar D. Blair Charter School. Vernon currently serves as the Director of Operations and Strategy at FaithBridge and is Lead Pastor of Kinship Church. He continues his service and advocacy in education as a member of the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone board, as a thought partner to school leaders, and a mentor to many students in Denver and Aurora. Dr. Ulcca Joshi Hansen, JD has worked in public education for over twenty years, advocating for a human-centered approach to education that celebrates and maximizes the unique potential of each child. Her experience as the daughter of Tanzanian immigrants, an English-language learner and a first generation college graduate inform her desire to deepen and expand the conversation about what it means to provide an equitable and liberatory education for all students, and to meaningfully engage families and communities in that effort. She is co-Founder of BoldEDU, Founder of Educating Potential, and the author of a forthcoming book: The Future of Smart.