About Councilwoman Susman


Mary Beth Susman,
Council District 5

Mary Beth Susman, Denver District 5 councilwoman, serves as President of the Denver City Council, elected in her freshman year on council in July 2012.   Her district has over 170 acres under development, including the Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard site and the Buckley Annex, part of Lowry.  Because of these projects and her work in civic projects over the last 20 years, her focus has been on smart growth and economic development.  She was appointed the chair of the original planning group for the conversion of Lowry Air Force Base by then Mayor Wellington Webb and served on the Denver Planning Board when Stapleton, the Central Platte Valley and Denver International Airport were developed.

She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Denver and spent her earlier career in higher education, retiring as vice-president of the Colorado Community College System. She is the founding president of three statewide online colleges in Colorado, Kentucky, and Louisiana. She is a Smithsonian Laureate for her pioneering work in online learning, and her work is archived in the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History.

Council Committee Meetings

The Council President is ex-officio a member of each City Council committee. 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 Mary Beth Susman also serves on the following committees:

  • Amendment 64 (Vice-Chair)


    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.
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