Hickenlooper Announces New Appointments
Manager of Human Services and Director of Arts, Culture & Film
(DENVER) Standing in the Mayor’s office that he inherited exactly one week ago, Mayor John Hickenlooper officially named his appointments for Manager of Human Services and Director of Arts, Culture and Film on Monday.
“While these two agencies represent very different missions and responsibilities, they are both central to Denver’s quality of life,” Hickenlooper said. “As such, it is a genuine honor to appoint two women with proven commitment and experience in these respective fields.”
Manager of Human Services: Roxane White
Having spent her career helping others, Manager of Human Services Roxane White will serve as the vital link between city government services and the people most in need of assistance.
For the past eight years, Roxane White has served as the president and CEO of Urban Peak, a nonprofit agency serving homeless and street youth. During her tenure, White accomplished tremendous feats including restructuring the agency and eliminating a two-year deficit. She also oversaw the merging of two Denver not for profit agencies. White assisted with the writing and passing of the Colorado Homeless Youth Act and creation of the Office of Homeless Youth Services. She also works as a consultant for non-profit agencies.
Prior to joining Urban Peak, White served as executive director of Central Shelter, Inc., and Larkin Street Youth Center where she also held positions as program director, development director and volunteer coordinator. She has also worked as a training facilitator for San Francisco State University's Institute of Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice and served as a grant evaluator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
White currently serves on the National Network for Youth's National Policy Council, the Western States Youth Services Network Advisory Board, the State Advisory Board for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Creating Caring Communities and the Colorado Network of Runaway Youth board. She has published several articles on housing and homelessness.
White received her bachelors degree in religious studies from Lewis and Clark and has a master's degree in social work in administration and planning from San Francisco State University, as well as a master's degree in divinity with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Director of the Office of Arts, Culture and Film: Denise Montgomery
Combine proven experience in the arts, non-profit community, and private sector - and you get Denise Montgomery, the new Director of the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Culture and Film.
Since 2000, Montgomery has served as the executive director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA), a non-profit organization that serves as the catalyst for business-arts partnerships. Montgomery's tenure at CBCA was marked by a number of achievements, including expanded programming connecting the business community with cultural experiences, a new leadership development program to support effective service on nonprofit cultural boards, a widely-quoted study of the economic and social impact of the arts, and a strategic partnership with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to joining CBCA, she spent three years as the director of marketing for the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a non-profit arts service organization serving 12 states.
Montgomery’s private sector experience includes Denver-based work as an independent facilitator and marketing consultant, marketing manager for Boston Market, and a district account supervisor for Hershey Chocolate USA.
Her civic involvement includes service on the boards of Denver Civic Ventures and the Denver Art Museum’s CultureHaus, as well as volunteer work for Arts for Colorado, and past volunteer work with the Arts Resource Council, Neighborhood Cultures of Denver, and the Colorado Alliance for Arts Education.
Montgomery received her bachelor’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in marketing, art history and arts management, from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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