A Note from the Executive Director
It is with great pride that the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships shares this report of highlights from 2018, this glimpse into the important work dedicated agency staff accomplished with and on behalf of the Denver community throughout the year.
I am privileged to work each day with the most talented, creative and committed staff I have experienced in my professional career, people who truly understand that being a public servant means always keeping our residents as our focus. Mostly via the herculean efforts of a single individual, HRCP's 9 offices -- with another coming on board in 2019 -- work to ensure that our city's most vulnerable are heard, served and represented.
The agency houses 10 commissions formed of Mayoral appointees who volunteer as public servants. They dedicate hundreds of hours annually to advocate for members of our communities and develop strategies to ensure resident concerns are addressed at the highest levels of city leadership.
We are grateful to Mayor Michael B. Hancock for his ongoing support of the ideas and strategies that emerge from HRCP staff and commissions. He and his leadership team take the time to understand the issues at hand, any strategy recommended on behalf of community, and the rationale behind it, as well as how the work will be implemented and measured. He is always ready to lock arms and proclaim, “Let’s go!”
The HRCP team also includes other city department leadership and staff, nonprofit and business partners, and members of Denver's diverse communities. Their partnership in addressing the city's complex issues allows us all to achieve positive change.
As with all advocacy and community efforts, the work is never done. We look forward to joining forces with you all again in 2019 to continue our efforts on behalf of our cherished Denver community.
Here's to an exciting and productive 2019!
Derek Okubo, Executive Director
Derek Okubo, Executive Director
Jamie Torres, Deputy Executive Director, Director of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Staff Liaison to the Immigrant and Refugee Commission
Rowena Alegría, Chief Storyteller and Director of the new Office of Storytelling
Roz Alston, Special Projects Coordinator
María Corral, Community Integration Coordinator with the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs
Kim Desmond, Director of the Office on Women and Families, Staff Liaison to the Women's Commission and to the African American Commission
Linda Eddy, ADA Project Inspector
Perla Gheiler, Director of the Office on Aging, Staff Liaison to the Commission on Aging
Shawn Johnson, Senior Adviser on Community Affairs
Jessica Jorgensen, Data and Research Analyst, Staff Liaison to the Asian American Pacific Islander Commission
Penny Marez, Office Manager
Kaye Kavanaugh, Census Coordinator
Lorrie Kosinski, Director of the Office of Sign Language Services
Swanhilda Lily, Deaf Programs Specialist
Juan Pasillas, ADA Plans Reviewer
Miriam Peña, Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, Staff Liaison to the Strategic Partnerships Commission
Aisha Rousseau, Director of the Office of Disability Rights, Staff Liaison to the Commission for People with Disabilities
Jason Salas, Director of the Office of Financial Empowerment, Staff Liaison to the Denver Latino Commission
Ken Seeley, Collaboration and Evaluation Specialist with the Office of Strategic Partnerships
Darius Smith, Director of the Anti-Discrimination Office, Staff Liaison to the American Indian Commission and to the African American Commission
Lorelei Sommers, Contract Compliance Coordinator