About Us

The Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition (AEOC) provides Technical Assistance for Dayton Street Day Labor Center, El Alba Catering Services, Community Partnerships & Development.

A few words about us

The Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition (AEOC) was formed in 2017, developing organically from the work of the Dayton Street Day Labor Center. It was founded by community leaders in partnership with the City of Aurora and City Council. The AEOC addresses the effects of Denver Metro Area’s rising housing costs and population growth and consequently the risks of gentrification to the communities of North Aurora.

our mission.

The Aurora Economic Opportunity Coalition (AEOC) works to establish economic equity that supports the revitalization of North Aurora by empowering long-time residents and small business owners, particularly immigrants, refugees and people of color.

Leadership Team

Mateos Alvarez

Executive Director

Mr. Mateos Alvarez is highly experienced in grassroots organizing, outreach campaign strategy, and implementation, facilitation, and training. He has assisted many resident leaders to work on issues at the local, state, and national level that include Healthcare, Education, Public Safety, Affordable Housing, Labor, and Immigration. Mateos worked in the U.S. labor movement as an external organizer, then as a Political Organizer, and ultimately as the elected President of a major metro Denver Union.  Mateos also spent twenty years as a lead community organizer and community development consultant for various community organizations and non-profits. Mr. Mateos Alvarez is the founder and President of JUMA Development and Consulting Services and is currently the Executive Director of the Dayton Street Day Labor Center.

Reid Hettich

Board Member

Reid Hettich has been a Wesleyan pastor since 1977 and has served as the pastor of the Mosaic Church of Aurora since 2014. His calling is to serve others with care, compassion and love, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized. He serves as the Board Chair of Aurora Community Connection Family Resource Center and on the Advisory Board of the Aurora Strong Resilience Center. He is also Board Chair of Aurora’s Key Community Response Team (KCRT) and Vice Chair of the Aurora Wellness Court Advisory Board.

Sally Mounier

Board Member

Sally Mounier is the former Aurora City Council Representative for Ward I, representing Original Aurora between 2012 and 2017. Ward I is the Original Historic Aurora and a very diverse community with citizens and newcomers to the United States living side by side. As a council member, she had a passion for representing all the residents of her ward and immediately recognized the need for addressing the day labor issues on Dayton Street. She was instrumental in setting up the Dayton Street Day Labor Center and securing city support for a structured worker center on Dayton. Sally has keen business sense and places a high value on God, country and families.

Gabriela Jacobo

Board Member

Gabriela Jacobo is a bilingual Community Connector for the Resident Leadership Council (RLC) in North Aurora. The RLC is an affiliate of the Community-Campus Partnership at Anschutz Medical Campus. Gabriela brings 16 years of non-profit experience to the board and has assumed a variety of positions with a diverse number of for-profit and non-profit community organizations. Her specialty is working with resident leaders across race, class and language settings with a focus on leadership development and community organizing. Ms. Jacobo brings an open mind and heart to her work. She is a native of Mexico and moved to metro Denver in the year 2000.

Bob Hagedorn

Board Member

Bob Hagedorn is a journalist by training and served as a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 1992 to 2000. From 2000 to 2008, Bob served in the Colorado Senate representing Aurora in Senate District 29. Bob has taught public policy at the University of Denver and is a consultant with the Progressive Policy Project. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Colfax Aurora Community Organization, a non-profit business association serving mostly small entrepreneurs along Colfax Avenue in Aurora.

Ruben Medina

Proyect Manager

Ruben serves as the Project Manager of the Northwest Aurora/ Montbello Community Engagement for the Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities. He was a long-time employee of the city of Aurora, as the Facility Manager of the Moorhead Recreation Center, and ran the Hoffman, as well as Expo and Meadowood Recreation Centers in Northwest Aurora. In his time there he has advocated with community members and numerous agencies for facilities upgrades. He is a longtime proponent of resident led efforts for improving the quality of life for Northwest Aurora neighborhoods.

Blanca Muñoz

Community Engagement Specialist

Blanca is a first-generation immigrant from Manzanillo, Mexico. In 1986 Blanca moved to the United States at the age of 15 and settled in San Diego, California. She worked for Federal Building Services (FBS) as a janitor at the Neiman Marcus Department Stores. Blanca worked her way up to become FBS’s Project Manager and relocated to Colorado to oversee five janitorial accounts in Denver. In January 2004, Blanca began working as an Internal Union Organizer at SEIU 105 where she represented hundreds of building service workers in both the private and public sector in downtown Denver.  During her time at SEIU 105, Blanca won thousands of dollars in back pay for janitors and their families, and passionately defended the right of workers to organize in the workplace. Blanca became a part-time Community Engagement Specialist for the Dayton Street Day Labor Center in 2019 and currently co-manages two programs that include member recruitment and leadership development.

Jiayi Liew

Community Volunteer

Jiayi Liew is originally from Singapore. She has a BA in Biochemistry from Iowa State University and MA of Public Health from the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, Jiayi is a lead clinical research coordinator with the Department of Transplant Surgery at Anschutz. Previously, she worked with multiple global public health organizations including WHO, CDC, and CDPHE. She strives to become a physician assistant and get her Doctorate in public health to help underserved communities locally and globally by enabling access and enhancing quality of healthcare for these communities.

Community Partners

  • The Fax Denver
  • Transforming East Colfax Aurora Ward
  • Councilmember Crystal Murrillo
  • Aurora Deputy City Manager Jason Batchelor
  • Tri-County Health Department – Food & Communities Initiative N. Aurora/E. Colfax
  • University of Colorado Anschutz – Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
  • El Alba Cooperative
  • Village Exchange Center
  • Resident Leadership Council
  • Be Well North Aurora
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • Dayton Street Day Labor Center
  • Restoration Outreach
  • Aurora Second Chance Center
  • Colorado Refugee Wellness Center
  • Asia Pacific Development Center
  • Mosaic Church of Aurora Jesus on Colfax
  • Friends of St. Andrews
  • Jesucristo es Rey Church
  • Fax Aurora