Staff

Andrea-Barela
Andrea Barela
President/CEO
303.534.8342 x 110
abarela@newsed.org

Andrea has been with NEWSED since 2006, first as the Development Director and currently as the President and CEO since the beginning of 2018. Prior to NEWSED she worked for organizations such as the Chinook Fund, The Denver Foundation and the Denver Inner City Parish in all areas of program/event coordination, administration, programming and development. Andrea has a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado at Denver. At NEWSED Andrea is responsible for facilitating NEWSED’s vision, mission, goals and objectives in coordination with the staff and board of directors. Andrea also serves as the Santa Fe Business Improvement District board President and provides administration and oversight through NEWSED.

Veronica Acosta
Homeownership Counseling Manager
303.534.8342 x 133
veronicaacosta@newsed.org 

In 1996 Veronica and her family moved to Denver from Mexico; shortly after, she and her husband started their own Mortgage Company working with families to help them realize their dreams of owning a home. She extended her knowledge in several aspects of the lending industry. She received her lending education at the National Lender Services Inc. and worked as a Home Mortgage Consultant for more than 12 years with companies like Wells Fargo Mortgage. Veronica started working with NEWSED CDC in 2009 as a pre-purchase and foreclosure housing counselor. Veronica became the Homeownership Counseling Manager in 2018 to support and oversee all housing counseling activities.

Francisco Padilla
Director of Real Estate
303.534.8342 x 107
fpadilla@newsed.org 

Frank started with NEWSED in the Summer of 2017. Coming from Albuqueque, New Mexico but originally from Denver, Frank has an extensive background in business development, mortgages, finances, public housing, and the community planning and development industries. Most recently Frank was the Director of the Office of Community Planning and Department for HUD in the State of New Mexico. He has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Metropolitan State University. At NEWSED Frank is responsible for asset management and oversight, real estate planning and development, city and state compliance, and funding development for project initiatives.

Anaihs Espinoza
Home Ownership Counselor
303.534.8342 x 108
aespinoza@newsed.org

Anaihs started with NEWSED at the end of 2016. Prior to NEWSED she worked in project management for a construction company for several years. Currently she is working toward her B.A. in Business and HR at CSU Global. At NEWSED she is responsible for Home Ownership and Foreclosure Counseling. Anaihs also takes care of the First Time Home Buyer’s Class logistics.

Juanita Herrera
Juanita Herrera
Office Manager
303.534.8342 x 100
officemanager@newsed.org

Juanita was born and raised in Denver and joined NEWSED at the end of May, 2018. For the last eight years she worked for non-profit organization The Denver Inner City Parish as the Office Manager specifically for their program La Academia. While there she was also responsible for event coordination, fundraising efforts, and assisted the Director of the Summer Day Camp program. She is currently working towards her A.A. in accounting at the Community College of Denver. When completed she will then move on to her B.A and M.A. at Metropolitan State University of Denver.