|Mayor Hancock Kicks Off Work of the Denver Education Compact
The Compact is co-chaired by Mayor Hancock, Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Kaiser Permanente Colorado President Donna Lynne. The Executive Committee is composed of leaders from the City, DPS, early childhood, higher education, philanthropy and the business and nonprofit communities.
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today convened the first meeting of the Denver Education Compact, introducing the initiative’s 25-member Executive Committee and kicking off an unprecedented effort to improve education throughout the city.
“For too long, far too many of Denver’s children have grown up without a full opportunity to succeed,” Mayor Hancock said. “Today, we unite key leaders and from all sectors of our community to develop common goals and a common vision: to deliver a world-class city that supports every child from cradle to career.”
The Executive Committee will meet regularly to define specific priorities and goals, identify measurements of progress and develop tools of accountability. In addition to the three co-chairs and the Executive Committee, the Compact will be led by Executive Director Theresa Peña.
Upon completion of her term on the Denver Public School Board, Peña will assume the position of Executive Director. Meantime, C.U. Denver helped launch the Compact by lending its Director of P-20 Education Initiatives within the Chancellor’s office, Janet Lopez, to serve as the interim-Executive Director.
"This initial dedication of ideas and resources that we see today is truly extraordinary," Superintendent Boasberg said. "And it is only the beginning. Through the collective action of all these stakeholders and working with the community, we will make a real difference in the lives of Denver's children.
"The Compact will focus the community’s efforts and resources in areas having the greatest impact on the ability of Denver’s children to succeed from cradle to career. All members of the Compact have committed to a long-term investment to improve all aspects of the educational pipeline, from preschool to grad-school.
At today’s kick-off meeting, Executive Committee members signed a vision and mission statement, agreeing to a shared set of guiding principles of evidence-based decision making, collaboration, collective impact, and sustainable investing.
“Delivering a high-quality education will require broad-based partnerships and a community-wide effort,” Mayor Hancock said. “If we want to support our children, if we want to address educational challenges and opportunities successfully, we need everyone working together.”
The Denver Education Compact Executive Committee includes:
- Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City and County of Denver (Co-Chair)
- Lara Alkarim, South High School
- Jill Barkin, JP Morgan and Chase
- Christine Benero, Mile High United Way
- Tom Boasberg, Denver Public Schools (Co-Chair)
- Kelly Brough, Denver Chamber of Commerce
- Cedric Buchanon, BBVA Compass
- Mario Carrera, Entravision Communications
- Linda Childears, Daniels Fund
- Robert Coombe, University of Denver
- Pat Hamill, Oakwood Homes
- Walter Isenberg, Sage Hospitality
- Anna Jo Haynes, Mile High Montessori
- Helayne Jones, Colorado Legacy Foundation
- Steve Jordan, Metropolitan State College
- Donna Lynne, Kaiser Permanente (Co-Chair)
- Christine Marquez-Hudson, Mi Casa Resource Center
- Terry Minger, Piton Foundation
- Cliff Richardson, Community College of Denver
- Dan Ritchie, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
- Tony Salazar, Colorado Education Association
- Landri Taylor, Urban League of Metropolitan Denver
- Kent Thiry, DaVita Corporation
- Jerry Wartgow, University of Colorado-Denver
“It is energizing to see a wide range of Denver’s community and business leaders dedicated to one common goal – the future of our children,” Peña said. “The work ahead will be arduous but the coordination of these efforts will boost educational excellence and build a homegrown, skilled workforce in Denver.”