Moira Cullen, Founding Partner

Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Moira developed her love of the political process early in life. Upon graduation from the University of Virginia, she moved to Denver in search of a great adventure in the West. After working as counselor with adolescents in a residential treatment center, she received her Masters of Social Work at Colorado State University and decided to pursue a career in public policy and advocacy, merging her love of the political process with her passion to advocate on issues affecting at-risk kids. She began her lobbying career at the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she lobbied on child health, K-12 education, youth violence prevention, and early childhood education. Moira then worked as part of Governor Bill Owens’ lobbying team, serving as the legislative liaison for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. As a founding partner of The Capstone Group, she has successfully lobbied for legislation to tie teach evaluations to student achievement, the expansion of charter schools, increase access to higher education for Colorado's nontraditional students, and expand insurance coverage for mental health issues. Moira was the founding State Director for Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) Colorado. She currently serves on the DFER Colorado Advisory Committee and on the board of the Global Education Fund. For the past 7 years, Moira has served on the board of Strive Prep charter school network, including 3 years as Board Chair, where she loves being part of a school network that is breaking down barriers and providing high quality, rigorous education for low-income students.