There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Illuminate Colorado. It takes many hands, minds, and hearts to ensure that Illuminate’s work is consistently high-quality and impactful. 

One team here at Illuminate is especially critical to the work we do. Thanks to a stellar Human Resources team, staff are supported and encouraged throughout every step of their time at Illuminate.

Today, we invite you to get to know the irreplaceable professionals who make up Illuminate Colorado’s Human Resources Team. 

Liz Rios

Director of Human Resources

Liz Rios (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate Colorado team in February of 2024 as the Director of Human Resources. In her role, Liz oversees all aspects of HR operations, from recruitment to offboarding, while also managing payroll, benefits, and fostering a positive workplace culture. Liz is dedicated to nurturing professional growth, championing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and ensuring the well-being of Illuminate’s team members.

Liz comes to Illuminate with 12 years of experience as a human resources leader working in the nonprofit sector, supporting individuals striving to enhance communities for the betterment of children and families. Every day, Liz is energized and inspired by working alongside dedicated advocates who share her passion, fueling her commitment to facilitating the success and well-being of staff.

Outside of work, you can find Liz cooking and cherishing quality time with family. Whether experimenting with new recipes or simply enjoying the company of loved ones, those moments nourish Liz’s soul and bring balance to her life.

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Marissa Peña

Human Resources Manager

Marissa (she/her/hers) joined the Illuminate team in August of 2022 and is currently the Human Resources Manager. In her role, Marissa supports the Director of Human Resources in various HR duties. Marissa is passionate about the Human Services field and loves to use her accounting and HR background to contribute to and support Illuminate’s amazing work. After earning her associate degree in criminal justice, Marissa worked in accounting before leaving to pursue her interest in HR and non-profit work.

Marissa has two dogs, Daisy and Bandit, and she loves spending time with family–preferably while also enjoying outdoor activities like fishing and camping.

What’s your favorite part of living in Colorado?

Meet the rest of the Illuminate Colorado team!

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