Illana Poley joined the Board in the Spring of 2008 as a community member. She lives in Stapleton with her husband, Mike Baksa, and is a Senior Associate with SE2, a Denver-based communications firm specializing in public issues. Her clients include a variety of for-profit, non-profit and government agencies. Much of her work involves communicating about education issues to the general public, community leaders and elected officials. Prior to working for SE2, Illana was the research director for the statewide Referendum C campaign and spent five years at the Colorado State Auditor's Office conducting program evaluations and legislative audits. Illana is a fourth-generation Colorado native and a graduate of Fairview High School in Boulder. She holds a degree in government from Harvard University.