Kathy Rendon Chosen as New CEA Executive Director


Apr. 2, 2019

DENVER – The Colorado Education Association named Kathy Rendon its new Executive Director, effective April 1. Rendon previously served as the manager of CEA’s Center for Organizing and CEA Deputy Executive Director.

“Kathy is a bold strategic planner and visionary team leader who has directly contributed to CEA’s success in increasing membership and empowering our members to take action for public education,” said CEA President Amie Baca-Oehlert. “She is a tireless champion and advocate for our students and our profession, and I’m excited to begin CEA’s next chapter with Kathy as our new Executive Director.”

Rendon has a strong record of accomplishment at CEA. She was the lead in managing the CEA Days of Action when 17,000 educators marched on the State Capitol in April 2018, and Rendon and her team played a key role in supporting local associations in Pueblo and Denver during their successful strikes over the past year. The programs Rendon managed have consistently led to membership growth in the union.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this tremendous opportunity to continue building the collective power of educators across the state, ensuring Colorado students have the schools they deserve,” said Rendon. “The strength of this organization lies in our members – public school educators who deliver quality education every day to students across the state. I am committed to CEA’s work to elevate the education profession and lift up educator voices.”

Rendon is a graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools who earned a B.A. in Political Science at Providence College, Rhode Island, and Master’s degrees in international development and social work at University of Denver. Rendon has worked in the labor movement in Colorado for almost 16 years, including nearly a decade at CEA. She lives in Denver with her husband and two children who attend Denver Public Schools.

Since December, the CEA Executive Director search committee worked with the National Education Association to conduct a competitive and extensive search process for a pool of applicants who could meet the unique and demanding challenges of the position. Rendon was recommended to the CEA Board of Directors by consensus and the Board approved the search committee’s recommendation at a recent meeting.

Brad Bartels, CEA’s previous executive director, departed December 2018 to become the Executive Director of the Utah Education Association. Jason Burns, the Western Region Director for the National Education Association, served as CEA’s Interim Executive Director since January.

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