African American Commission

The Denver African-American Commission (DAAC) is tasked with advising the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships Executive Director and the Mayor on issues and concerns that impact and are of importance to the African American community. DAAC serves as a bridge between the African American community and policy-makers and engage in responsible activism for the community.

  • Convener: Forums, communities, community groups, panels, focus groups, inbound information
  • Communicator: Via website, directory, flyers, urban spectrum, other city offices, indirect communication, outbound information
  • Advocate: Talk to policy makers
  • Resource: For mayor and city council

The Denver African American Commission is proud of Denver, its diversity, and its commitment to providing the best atmosphere for all its citizens. 

Commission Meetings

Denver African American Commission Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 3pm to 5pm. 

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Meeting ID: 898 6333 0097

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Commission Members

Fatima Thibou *Co-Chair

LaToya Petty *Co-Chair

Tymesha Watkins *Secretary

Genene Duran, PhD, MHA

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Dr. Genene Duran grew up in northeast Denver in the Montbello community and is an alumna of Montbello High School. She holds a Doctorate in Human Services, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. In addition, she is also a certified Mediator and has a certification in Public Relations as well. Dr. Duran has subject matter expertise in the fields of health care policy, managing federally qualified health centers, human services, community outreach and engagement, health systems change and cultural competence in health care. Dr. Duran is the Executive Director at The Arc, Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert Counties, as well as being the Chief Operating Officer of her own consulting firm Ducks in a Row, LLC. Dr. Duran is the Chair of the Board of the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, the Chair of the Advisory Board for the City and County of Denver’s Agency on Human Rights and Community Partnerships, serves on the Family Advisory Council for Every Child Pediatrics, sits on the Board of Directors for Womxn’s March Denver, is on the Doctoral Advisory Board for the University of Arizona Global campus, is a Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Denver Moves Everyone Steering Committee Advisory Board member, a National Association for Career and Technical Education board member, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Denver African American Commission. Although she has accomplished a great deal, she remains most proud of her 20-year-old son and 19 year old daughter, both who are juniors at Colorado State University, and 16-year-old daughter who is junior at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early College. Dr. Duran’s greatest passions include providing a voice for underserved communities and affecting positive change through leadership, strategic planning, relationship building, effective change management, advocacy, social justice, and organizational training.


Monica Badgett

Fatuma Emmad

Natacha Gutierrez

Bobbie Alexander, MBA

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Denver African American Commissioner since July 2022

Bobbie is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. In 2001, Bobbie proudly received her B.A. in Sociology-Criminal Justice from Norfolk State University (NSU), an HBCU. She earned her M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix in 2009. Over the past 20 years, Bobbie has worked in a variety of roles that have impacted Black/African American and marginalized populations in the Denver metro area. She is honored to have worked in Community Corrections, Law Enforcement, and Human Services, for the 2020 U. S. Census, the Denver Elections and currently for the Denver Emergency Shelter assisting the Migrants.  Bobbie is currently a Special Projects Manager with the City and County of Denver's - Mayor's Office of Social Equity and Innovation (OSEI). She has been a dedicated employee of the City and County of Denver since 2006. 


H. Ray Keith

Lolita Tabron

JaLisa Williams