Seeking progressive thinkers 

   To elevate women and shape our community through leadership and participation. 


  • Elevate progressive, dynamic and fluid leaders onto open boards, commissions and into public office. 

  • Educate the community on important issues and opportunities.

  • Advocate and endorse progressive solutions to community challenges. 


 The Progressive Women's Caucus is a pending non-profit organization (ID: 84-0964478), functioning under the fiscal sponsorship of the Telluride Institute. 


We are served by a Governing Council comprised of five elected councilwomen who meet frequently to work towards executing the mission and goals of the Progressive Women's Caucus and serving the wishes of the Membership. 


Governing Council terms are for 2-3 years (two seats serving 3-year terms; three seats serving 2-year terms).  Acknowledging that our Members have varied areas of interest, the Governing Council reserves up to 3 seats for Issue Committee Captains to be appointed for more flexible terms.


The PWC needs to be as dynamic as its Members which is why we welcome and encourage to attend meetings, but if you're unable to attend, you will be able to weigh in on critical decisions via electronic Member Vote.


Crucial to the success of the PWC is a leadership model that is both effective and in-tune with the Membership.



  • Become a Member! Join our Membership by filling out our e-Member Form.

Meet the Governing Council 


Adrienne moved to Telluride from her hometown of Denver to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. During her years in Telluride, she has worked primarily for local non-profits and as a ski instructor on the resort. Adrienne currently serves on Telluride Town Council. She spends her moments of free time volunteering as a mentor through One to One Mentoring, and as a board member for the Progressive Women’s Caucus. When she isn’t volunteering, you will find Adrienne enjoying all of the outdoor activities Telluride and the San Juans have to offer.


Josselin Lifton-Zoline was raised by artist activists here in the San Juans. She works as a soprano and a teacher and is raising the next generation of artist activists from a wild corner of Wrights Mesa.


Joan May is one of the founders of the Progressive Women’s Caucus. A non-profit consultant and former county commissioner, her passion is for empowering citizens—especially those who are underrepresented — to shape the future.

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Melanie Montoya Wasserman is a lifelong human rights activist and community organizer. Influenced heavily by the Zapatista movement, Melanie has focused her efforts uplifting women and immigrants in her community. She formerly served as the executive director of the San Miguel Resource Center and practiced as a psychotherapist. She is currently the housing director for the Town of Telluride, while balancing her most important role as a mother of two children who she hopes will share her passion for smashing the patriarchy.


Mj was born and educated in Michigan. She grew up watching her mother organize the distribution of party campaign literature from the kitchen table. She worked her first Presidential campaign in grade school when she and another grade schooler did a literature drop to a city of 40,000 on their bikes. She moved to San Miguel County in 1976 and has been involved in its communities since arriving. MJ Schillaci is a fierce advocate of liberal democracy and has spent her adult life in its defense.


Hollie Sue Mann is a longtime feminist and LGBTQIA activist, writer, and academic. In 2018, she left a career as a professor of Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she taught a range of courses, including feminist and queer theory. She now lives and works full-time in Telluride, where she has recently become the new owner and director of Telluride Yoga Center. As a yoga educator and writer in the industry, she has been an outspoken critic of abuse and exploitation within yogic cultures and brands in the West. Her teaching style reflects a serious commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and takes as its starting point the ways in which the practices of yoga must be directed towards social justice, equality, and freedom.