The COB is responsible for assessing whether the Office of the Independent Monitor is effectively performing its duties, making recommendations regarding policy and training issues, and addressing issues of concern to the community and other interested stakeholders. The COB will meet at least quarterly in public with the Executive Director of Safety, the Chief of Police and the Sheriff and will conduct at least three meetings annually for public comment. The COB will also make an annual report to the public, Mayor and City Council and may furnish additional public reports as necessary.
The Members of the Citizen Oversight Board are:
Katina Banks, Chair, was appointed to the COB in 2016. She is Senior Corporate Counsel at HCL Technologies Limited. She spent ten years practicing intellectual property law with the firm of Dorsey and Whitney, LLP. A proud Denver native, she has been civically engaged throughout her professional career. She served eight years on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helping enforce the state's anti-discrimination laws. Katina was a member of the Colorado Lawyers Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF), which helps provide legal services statewide to underserved members of the community. She graduated summa cum laude from Capital University Law School after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Denver's Park Hill neighborhood.
Mark Brown, Vice Chair, is the Agent-in-Charge for the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Racing Events, a regulatory law enforcement agency. His duties include management of administrative judges, law enforcements officers, licensing personnel and veterinarian staff. In addition to those duties, he also conducts firearms and arrest control technique training.
Nikki Braziel, Secretary, is the co-founder of Octa, a Denver-based product design and manufacturing company that is focused on mounting solutions for mobile technology. She previously worked at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, where she assisted in the development and distribution of museum exhibits and displays. Before leaving her native Chicago, she worked in both legal marketing and professional development at Jenner & Block LLP. In her free time, she writes historical fiction.
Pastor Paul Burleson is the founder of Denver’s Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus in 1974 and continues to serve as its pastor. He is past president of the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance. A former dean of the United Theological Seminary’s Denver Extension, Burleson is experienced in the prevention, identification and counseling of individuals and families with substance abuse and other at-risk behaviors. He served with the US Air Force in Korea. He has been on the COB since its 2005 beginning.
Dr. Mary Davis is President/CEO of McGlothin Davis, Inc, an organization effectiveness firm that has provided consulting services to public, not-for-profit and private sector firms throughout the nation since 1995. For decades, she has been actively involved in civic and community improvement activities in Denver. She has served on five nonprofit boards, having been elected Board Chair for two of these organizations. She joined the COB in February 2009.
Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo joined and helped create what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver's north side in his teen years. Since that time, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped cause. Over the past 26 years, he has worked in the community to redefine respect, power and pride; he has helped countless young people to reclaim their own lives. He joined the COB in 2012.
Molly Gallegos, a Colorado native, has been working in the community for most of her life doing everything from translating safety information for migrant workers to participating in community theater with Su Teatro. She began her career as a community organizer in West Denver cultivating community leaders and advocating for the needs of Denver's working families. More recently she has found her calling working with Denver's high school students, providing them the support and encouragement they need to access their post high school goals. Molly holds a Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies from Colorado State University and a Master's of Social Sciences/Women and Gender Studies from CU Denver.