Who we are

Founder Mike Mazzola enjoying a hike

Mike Mazzola

Galvanize was founded by Mike Mazzola as a response to the low 15% recycling rate in Colorado Springs. For many years, he has recognized the need for increased recycling and repurposing of local materials. 

Originally from a small town in Missouri, Mike is a 22 year resident of Colorado Springs. As a social entrepreneur, he blends business acumen with a desire to make the world a better place. Mike is continually working toward solving societal issues through his day-to-day work.


Galvanize is supported by many community leaders, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs.

Bill Morris
Founder of Blue Star Recyclers

Kristy Milligan
CEO of Westside CARES

Daniel Byrd
Executive Director of Kids on Bikes

Jolie NeSmith
Executive Director of Rocky
Mountain Field Institute

Natalie Johnson
Executive Director of Manitou Art Center

Sara Vaas
Executive Direction of CONO

Marcus Redden
COO of Energy Resource Center

Jennifer Peterson
Nonprofit Executive

Ryan Gentges
General Manager, MER

Jake Eyermann
Business Support Specialist, 21st Support Squadron, Peterson AFB

Kyla Umemoto
Owner, phi design