DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the departure of Theresa Peña as Executive Director of the Denver Education Compact.
“Theresa’s steadfast passion for education has made her an invaluable asset during the initial phase of the Compact’s formation and goal-setting, ” Mayor Hancock said. “I want to thank Theresa for her dedicated service. Her thoughtful work has truly set the stage for the long-term success of the Compact and its mission to improve the quality of Denver’s education pipeline.”
Peña has served as Executive Director since November, following two terms on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. Under her leadership, the Compact has convened leaders from the city, DPS, higher education, businesses and foundations to develop key areas of focus, goals, strategies and indicators to measure progress. The three main areas of focus are school readiness, graduation from high school with necessary skills for postsecondary success, and post-secondary access and completion.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the city in this capacity over the past several months,” Peña said. “As the Compact moves into the next phase of improving educational outcomes, Denver is primed to deliver a world-class education to every student in every neighborhood.”
Peña will officially step down at the end of July. In the interim, the Mayor’s Office of Education and Children will lead efforts to progress current work. A small group of board members will be convened to discuss the transition plan and determine next steps for the Compact.