About Councilwoman Ortega

Deborah Ortega,
Council At Large

Councilwoman Ortega is the Chair of Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, a housing development organization that is building veteran housing at 27th and Federal, and new affordable housing that will be adjacent to West Denver’s new library at Colfax & Irving. She is also the Chair of two premier non-profit organizations in Denver: the Latina Safe House, a non-profit organization focused on addressing domestic violence, and the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, the vehicle for the seven county region that manages the HUD Super NOFA. Additionally, Councilwoman Ortega serves on multiple community boards including, Mile High Council Board and Arc Thrift Stores. 

Debbie’s successful track record for finding solutions during tough times will greatly benefit the hardworking people of Denver. She has been at the forefront in brokering deals and facilitating compromise with business leaders, government officials, and community members on projects such as: 

-   Creating Downtown’s Historic LoDo Neighborhood & $750,000 revolving loan fund

-   Creating a transportation structure to connect North Denver to Downtown, while simultaneously opening up the Central Platte Valley for Commons & Cuernavaca Parks, Coors Field, Pepsi Center, and Elitch Gardens.  This area is now the front door to the multi modal hub at Denver Union Station for RTD’s FasTrack system.

-   Creating economic development and job opportunities 

I am honored to call this great city my home and to be given the opportunity to earn your trust in returning back to City Council as your At-Large Councilwoman! I attended our public schools, as did my daughter and my grandchildren. Our family has deep roots and a vested interested in keeping Denver a world class city.

I will work with Mayor Hancock to establish a solid tax base that supports the delivery of city services, improve internal procedures that makes Denver a business friendly city and helps attract more jobs across the board. We have a lot of work to do and must succeed as leaders in being good stewards of our public resources.   

From serving 16 years as a former Councilwoman of Denver’s 9th District to creating key homeless initiatives for Denver Human Services, I will utilize my 30 plus years of experience and wisdom to work efficiently and swiftly to carry out an agenda that serves the hard working people of Denver. I am hitting the ground running and I have already started to work with the Mayor’s Administration and multiple city agencies to address the economic challenges we are facing. We need to keep Denver strong and we need to involve each and every community in this effort. 

My office is always available to serve you and your needs. Please don’t hesitate to use us as a resource.


Deborah "Debbie" Ortega

Council Committee Meetings

Denver City Council members serve on several different committees, each concerned with various areas of City government. Committees meet regularly to discuss and prepare proposed laws. For the latest information about Denver City Council committee meetings, full council meetings, and agendas, visit the Denver City Council Meetings page.

Councilwoman Deborah Ortega serves on the following committees:

Meeting Times

Meets Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • City budget, bonding, purchasing and other financial policies and decisions
  • State and federal legislation and lobbying
  • Denver elections and ballot measures
  • City personnel policies
  • City internal organization and operations
  • Relations w/ other local governments. 

Meeting Times

Meets Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

  • Business development, promotion, and retention
  • Workforce training and development
  • City contracting and concessions policies and programs
  • Housing affordability policies and programs
  • Energy, waste, water, and other sustainability policies and programs 
  • Tourism, conventions, cultural, and sports attractions
  • Climate action planning and programs

  • Amendment 64

    Meeting Times

    Meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:30 P.M. in Room 391 of the City & County Building (1437 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80202).

    Areas of Responsibility and Oversight

    The committee will discuss issues related to the implementation of Amendment 64 passed by the voters in the November 2012 election regarding recreational use and retail of Marijuana.

Learn more about other council committees.