Susan K. Shepherd,
Council District 1
Growing up working poor Susan overcame challenging economic and family circumstances by turning to education as a refuge. She attended public schools and thanks to committed teachers, she was a well-motivated student. The guidance those mentors instilled in her provided the confidence she used to go on to college. Once there, she excelled and launched a career defined by paying forward the gifts she had been given.
Inspired by Howard Dean's people-empowering message in the 2004 presidential race, Councilwoman Shepherd started volunteering on political campaigns and became more and more active in civic life. In 2005, she went to work as an organizer for labor and led a campaign to raise the minimum wage. Over the last several years she worked hard to elect progressive champions to office and helped to pass ballot initiatives that support and protect working families.
In 2008, Susan and her husband welcomed their first child into District One. While acting as the primary caregiver to their son, she took the Master Gardener program through the CSU Extension office and volunteered extensively with Butterfly Hope and Mi Casa teaching kids how to grow their own food at two neighborhood schools, Cheltenham Elementary and Lake Middle School. With these skills Susan started a successful small business selling home-grown, organic vegetables to local families. Contributing to our local economy and food security gave her a sense of pride and independence, as well as the freedom to raise their young son. She joined Denver’s Food Policy Council in 2010. Through the experience she gained an appreciation of the important role that urban agriculture plays in the sustainability of our city by providing new job opportunities and healthy food to our people.
In June of 2011, Susan was elected Councilwoman to District One and in July, she took office. Her Committee assignments include: Land Use and Transportation; Health, Safety, Education and Services; and the Special Issues Committee on Amendment 64.