Council District 11
Christopher Herndon was elected to represent District 11 on the Denver City Council in May of 2011 and currently serves as the Council President.
His district includes Northeast Park Hill, Stapleton, Montbello, Parkfield, Green Valley Ranch, and Denver International Airport.
Chris earned “Rookie of the Year” honors in 2012 from Denver’s 5280 magazine, and during his time on City Council has proven his talent for bringing stakeholders together. As part of the redistricting process, he spearheaded a compromise that kept most neighborhoods intact.
Leveraging his business background, Chris advocates for business creation across the city. Within the district he partners with Denver International Airport to help bring local vendors to the airport’s international market.
Chris is also committed to a thoughtful approach to development as District 11 continues to grow, balancing the needs of mature communities and growing neighborhoods.
After his election in 2011, Chris founded Northeast Denver Leadership Week, a free, week-long leadership program for students in District 11. Chris believes it is vital for young people to see leaders in action. Northeast Denver Leadership Week gives students the chance to interact with those professionals who are driving change and finding success in our communities.
As the son of a public school teacher, Chris gained an early appreciation for public service during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Growing up and seeing the influence my mom had over the course of her career really inspired me. I’ve always wanted to emulate that and try to make the kind of impact she made.”
Chris’ public service career began with his acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated from West Point in 1999 with Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering.
After graduation Chris served nearly seven years in the United States Army, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. He was honorably discharged in 2005 with the rank of Captain.
After transitioning to civilian life Chris worked in management roles at large corporations, including a stint with United Airlines at Denver International Airport.
Chris’ commitment to service doesn’t end with his day job. Since moving to Denver he has continued to find ways to give back. He served on several community boards, tutored Montbello High School students, and helped bring financial literacy courses to the district.
Chris describes himself as a lifelong learner, and his continued education includes a Master’s in Management from Webster University, a certification in Lean/Six Sigma, a fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and most recently a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.
He lives in Far Northeast Denver with his wife, daughter, and their very spoiled rescue dog.