FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 28, 2008
Sue Cobb, 720-865-9016
Foundation Lures Roxane White from City Employ; Human Services Manager Leaving to Run Family Foundation
(Denver) Mayor John Hickenlooper announced today that Roxane White, Denver’s Manager of Human Services, is leaving the City to become Executive Director of the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation.
“While I am sorry to see Roxane go, this is a great opportunity for her. We will miss her, she has been a valued member of our team and has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Denver,” Hickenlooper said. “The good news is that she is staying in Denver and in her new position will continue helping the underserved people in our community.”
Hickenlooper praised White’s nearly five years of service to the city.
“Roxane is a skilled leader who has made significant improvements at Human Services and in doing so has made our city a better place to live. She has championed our effort to end homelessness; she has led a strategic visioning for her department; she has made it possible for more adults and kids to receive the benefits they are entitled to; she has led a dramatic improvement in customer service; and she is overseeing changes in the child welfare division that will help keep children in Denver safer.”
White’s resignation is effective April 15 at which time Valerie Brooks, Deputy Manager will take over as acting manager. A search for White’s replacement will begin immediately.
“It is always hard to lose dedicated, talented people but Roxane has built a good team and I am confident Human Services will continue to function at a high level,” Hickenlooper said.
“It has been an honor to work with Mayor Hickenlooper and serve the citizens of Denver,” White said. “I have been privileged to work with an incredibly dedicated, hard-working and talented group of people at Human Services. Day in and day out they do an amazing job under very challenging circumstances.”
“It was a difficult decision to leave but the opportunity with the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation was too good to pass up,” White said. “My entire professional life has been dedicated to helping those in need; that is my passion. In my new position I will be able to use the knowledge I gained from working with the city and in the not-for-profit world to create strategies for community-wide change.”
About Roxane White and Denver Human Services
Roxane White was appointed Manager of the Denver Department of Human Services by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper in July 2003 and serves as a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet.
The Denver Department of Human Services provides over $260 million in services and programs to the residents of the City and County of Denver. These services include Child Protection and Welfare, Temporary Aid to Needy Families, Food Stamps, Child Support Enforcement, Homeless Veterans Assistance, Long-Term Care, Medicaid, and Old Age Pension. White also chairs the Mayor’s Commission to End Homelessness and serves on Denver Preschool Program Board of Directors and the State of Colorado Child Welfare and Colorado Works Allocation Committees. Under her leadership, DDHS has been recognized for a number of efforts including improved performance, Child Welfare reform, and efforts to end homelessness. With White’s leadership, employee productivity increased by 9%, morale by 10% and motivation improved by 30%. In Child Welfare, the incidence of re-abuse and neglect decreased to 2.3% (well under the Federal Standard of 6.7%) and Denver was named one of three national training sites for Child Welfare by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She has also implemented changed in Child Welfare that will help keep children safer. The number of people who were homeless on the streets of Denver decreased by dramatically and all goals of Denver’s Road Home, the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, have been met under Roxane’s leadership.
Prior to coming to the City of Denver, White spent sixteen years developing programs to serve the needs of people who are homeless in Colorado and San Francisco. She was President and CEO of Urban Peak which provides services to youth who are homeless in Denver and Colorado Springs and was well known for creating outcome driven programs. She was the Executive Director of Central Shelter, a program assisting homeless men. Prior to moving to Colorado, White was the Executive Director of Larkin Street Services, a program assisting street youth in San Francisco.
Recent Awards and Publications include:
2004 Westword Best of Denver, Best Political Appointee for the City of Denver.
2005 Capital Hill United Neighborhoods, President’s Award.
2005 Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Mitch Snyder Memorial Advocacy Award.
2006 Denver Business Journal “Ten to Watch in 2006.”
2006 Denver Business Journal “Industry Leader for Nonprofits and Foundations.”
2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Business and Social Responsibility Award
2007 Graduate School Department of Public Administrators, CU Denver, Public Administrator of the Year.
2007 Community Builder Award from the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
White has a Masters degree in both Social Work and one in Divinity. She was born and raised in Montana.