Engage Democracy, Inc. is a non-profit corporation incorporated in Colorado. It is not a 501c3 corporation at this time. You can download the current version of our bylaws.

Engage currently has two members of its board of directors: Phil Vogels and Representative James Coleman.

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Phil Vogels grew up in Lafayette and Greenwood Village, Colorado. He has done volunteer work for numerous campaigns, from Al Gore in New Hampshire to Mark Udall in Colorado. After the 2016 election he founded reFOCUS 50 in an attempt to create an information clearinghouse for citizens to get more involved in state government. Engage is the fully formed successor.

Phil graduated from Boston University in 2002 with degrees in broadcast journalism and European history. After spending a year broadcasting independent minor league baseball, he went back to BU to get an MBA and masters in information systems, graduating in 2006. He works for a professional trade journal.

He and his wife have one daughter and live near Centennial, Colorado.


James Coleman is a native of Denver—having grown up in the Park Hill neighborhood and currently living in Green Valley Ranch. He represents the 7th district in Colorado's House of Representatives.

His professional career has been dedicated to empowering families and engaging the community to improve the quality of life for Colorado residents.

He serves as Vice President of Community Engagement at ACE Scholarships, a local nonprofit providing educational scholarships to low-income families, and Vice President of the Board of Directors at Highline Academy, a tuition-free public charter school with a custom liberal arts curriculum and rigorous academic program.

His civic engagement also includes the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce, INROADS, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Urban League of Metro Denver Young Professionals, and several other organizations.

James earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business Administration, from Oral Roberts University. He and his wife, Shayna, have been together since the 8th grade, and have two amazing children (twins), James Jr. and Naomi.