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Founders

Diane Carlson, Co-Founder

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After working as a financial analyst at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Diane managed the start-up and ran a successful  human-resource-staffing company based in New York City for more than 12 years. As she built the company, she helped Fortune 500 firms develop strategies to meet their needs and engage the unique talents, backgrounds and  professional interests of thousands of employees.

Since selling her stake in the company and moving to Colorado, Diane has held executive positions in several nonprofit organizations and joined initiatives to support the state’s public school systems. She has actively championed and challenged legislative policies affecting education and the welfare of children in Colorado.

Because she is passionate about building healthy and safe communities where teenagers thrive personally, academically, socially and professionally, Diane believes it is vitally important to equip teens and young adults with trustworthy information and tools needed to make that happen.

Diane has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the University of Maryland.

 

Elizabeth Palmquist, Co-Founder

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A life-long connector and true believer in the talent, optimism, passion and potential of high school students, Elizabeth co-founded BraveTracks with her close high school friend, Diane Carlson.

For nearly 15 years, Elizabeth has been an active volunteer in her own children’s schools. She currently serves as a mentor to three juniors in Denver’s East High School’s A+ Angels program, whose mission is to help students graduate and attend college, as well as Vice President of the East High School PTSA. From 2011-2013, she served as Co-President of the Denver Teachers’ Awards Board, an organization that for nearly 60 years has honored Denver Public Schools teachers for professional excellence. She has also served as a board member of Great Education Colorado, Women for Education and BoldLeaders, as well as President of the University Park Elementary PTA.

Elizabeth’s legal background has equipped her with the investigative and analytical skills vital to well-informed and on-target research and decision-making. She has served as a prosecuting attorney for the federal government, in-house counsel for a privacy technology company, a legislative attorney for a major trade association and as a U.S. Senate “staffer” for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. Elizabeth also created a special events and logistics company which focused on meeting the needs of corporate and not-for-profit clients participating in the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

She is a graduate of Duke University and George Washington University National Law Center. More than anything, she and her husband are parents of a college junior and an East High School senior.