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Councilwoman Black's Story

Kendra Black took office as the Denver City Council Member representing District 4 in southeast Denver in July, 2015.

Kendra is a proud Denver native, born and raised in southeast Denver. She grew up working in her family’s small business. Kendra is a graduate of Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, and has a BA in history and political science from CU Boulder and an MA in history from CU Denver. Kendra is passionate about southeast Denver where she and her husband have raised their three children.

Kendra has been actively involved in our community for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods and parks. Her professional experience includes work in non-profits, education and community outreach, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CU Denver and George Washington High School. A strong believer in community based solutions, Kendra created a neighborhood park at Slavens School that serves as a gathering place, a school playground and an athletic field. Combining her passions—history, education and community--Kendra grew the fledgling National History Day in Colorado program to one of the top social studies and literacy programs in the country for middle and high school students.

As a councilperson, Kendra is working to connect our neighborhoods and activate our community. She is collaborating with Public Works and CDOT to improve our transportation options, making our District safe and walkable, and our light rail stations more accessible. She is working with residents to create a 21st century vision for the district, and to create plans to guide future development. Strengthening community connections among neighbors, schools, seniors and businesses is a top priority.  Since being elected, she has established the Senior Series: informational events that provide seniors with resources, education and socialization. She’s working to preserve and improve the High Line Canal and trail, the Wellshire Golf Course and our parks.

Kendra has served on numerous committees and boards, and currently serves on these Council committees: Business, Arts, Workforce & Aeronautical Services, Finance & Governance and is Chairwoman of the Special Issues Marijuana Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, the City of Denver’s Children’s Cabinet Safety Net Committee, Denver’s State Legislative Planning Group, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Transportation Solutions, the Governors’ Residence Preservation Fund, CU Denver-National History Day in Colorado, the High Line Canal Working Group, and the High Line Canal Conservancy. Kendra continues to collaborate with the Denver Public Schools and is a strong supporter of—and partner with—Thomas Jefferson High School and all of the schools in southeast Denver.

Kendra is committed to serving her constituents, advocating for them and ensuring that they have a voice. She knows that together, we will keep Denver strong and moving in the right direction for everyone.


Tate Carpenter is from Bozeman, Montana and a graduate in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Tate is in charge of constituent services and community outreach. In her free time, Tate enjoys playing soccer, dancing salsa, and testing her trivia knowledge on “Jeopardy.” Reach Tate at


Kathy Gile grew up in Denver and is passionate about her hometown community. She attended Colorado College where she met her husband Jim.  They raised their two kids in Southern Hills and still reside there today.  Kathy handles special district projects, the Senior Series and legislative issues.  Kathy is a Master Gardener and in the winter enjoys skiing at Winter Park with her family.  Reach Kathy at


Liz Zukowski is from Houston, Texas, though she considers Colorado her home. She recently graduated with an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver. Liz focuses on the Good Neighbor Program and assists with other D4 projects.  When she’s not in the office, Liz loves hiking with her dog and exploring Denver.  Reach Liz at



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