Roberta AyalaRoberta Ayala

Contact Roberta Ayala
Email: roberta.ayala@thorntonco.gov
Office: 303-538-7536
Office: 720-446-9082

Council member, Ward 2

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Roberta Ayala's roots may trace back to Denver, but her heart and commitment belong to Thornton, where she was raised. Her educational journey led her through the Adams County 14 school district, and she ultimately graduated from Skyview High School in the Mapleton Public Schools system.

In her adult life, Roberta has been a dedicated force for change, focusing on organizing, educating, and empowering working-class individuals and marginalized communities. Whether through her efforts in education or union organizing, Roberta has tirelessly worked to uplift people, providing them with knowledge and the empowerment needed to build resilient communities. For nearly a decade, Roberta has been a guiding force for non-traditional students, coaching and supporting them in obtaining job training and degrees that promise lasting economic and social impact for themselves, their families, and their communities.

As a perpetual learner, Roberta earned her degree in Political Science and Government from The University of Arizona Global Campus. Her academic journey also includes studies in art, labor relations, and education, along with obtaining a paralegal certification from The Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Roberta's love for the Thornton community, her home for over 35 years, extends beyond her professional endeavors. Before her role on the city council, she served as the president of TASCHO (Thornton Arts, Sciences, and Humanities Council). Her commitment to community safety is evident through her completion of the Thornton Citizens Police Academy, and she continues to contribute as a member of the Thornton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Additionally, Roberta lends her voice to the Adams County Cultural Council Board, which awards SCFD (Scientific and Cultural Facilities District) grants to the broader Adams County community, and she actively supports Thornton in the Historical Preservation Advisory Group.

Beyond her civic engagements, Roberta finds joy in art, theater, film, and exploring diverse cities and cultures. She resides in the Woodglen neighborhood with her family, embodying the values of community, education, and empowerment in every aspect of her life.


Jessica Sandgren

Jessica Sandgren

Contact Jessica Sandgren
Email: jessica.sandgren@thorntonco.gov
Office: 303-538-7535
Cell: 720-753-2877

Council member, Ward 2

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Jessica Sandgren is a Colorado native who has lived in Thornton for more than twenty years. She is a former K-12 science teacher and small business owner, and is currently employed with Lumen Technologies working on broadband expansion. 

Jessica has been a strong advocate for issues involving opioid addiction, training programs and resources for individuals coming out of jail, homelessness, and mental health, as well as ensuring health care services are available to children. She has worked hard to create and maintain strong partnerships throughout the region to invest in opportunities that increase options in housing affordability, transportation, and mobility. Jessica has always believed in supporting her community and serves on several non-profit boards and committees, including, Kids First Health Care, Maiker Housing Partners, the Colorado Attorney General's Substance Abuse Trend & Response Task Force, Smart Commute, the Northglenn-Thornton Rotary Club, and the Thornton Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.