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:
Al Gardner, Chair, is the Vice President of Information Technology for Denver based Inspirato. Mr. Gardner specializes in strategic IT leadership and overall network, systems, and cyber security operations management. Al is a passionate coach and mentor who has a reputation for building and motivating highly effective teams built on a culture of integrity, compassion, innovation, and performance. Mr. Gardner’s commitment to the Denver community extends beyond his professional endeavors.
He has served as Denver African American Commissioner and in various roles with the Denver Police Department Chief’s Advisory Board, Denver Public Schools Equity Task Force, Denver Sheriff’s Advisory Board, and as affiliate faculty in the College of Computer Science at Regis University. Al Gardner holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. On June 10, 2020, Mr. Gardner testified at the Colorado State Capitol Building in front of the House Finance Comittee on behalf of the Citizen Oversight Board in support of Colorado SB20-217.
Nikki Braziel, Vice Chair, 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.
Katina Banks was appointed to the COB in 2016. She is a knowledge management attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 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.
Terrance D. Carroll was the 54th Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. He is the only African-American to have served as Speaker of the Colorado House. Terrance served in the legislature from 2003 until being term-limited 2011. Terrance has been listed by 5280 Magazine as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Denver," Terrance's entry noted his reputation as a skillful dealmaker, stating that he is a "critical and respected negotiator." Currently, Terrance is the Colorado State Director for Unite America. He also serves as a reserve police officer with Colorado’s statewide shared law enforcement reserve. Terrance is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Karen Collier retired from public service in 2009, having worked in the Denver District Court as a court stenographer for 30 years. Since then, she has worked as an Alpine Ski Instructor in Winter Park and Granby, instructing differently-abled and abled-bodied youth and adults in Alpine skiing and as a tennis instructor with Denver Citywide Sports.
Karen is committed to social justice work in Colorado, having worked with the Chinook Fund, Out4Life Colorado, delivering HIV prevention services to the African-American communities in the Denver Metro area, The Center, volunteering with Rainbow Alley; its LGBTQ youth outreach program, and One Colorado as a co-chair for the People of Color Caucus. In addition to the appointment to the Citizens Oversight Board, she sits on the Board of The Center for Trauma and Resilience and is a co-chair of Park Hill Congregational UCC's partnership with the Women's Homelessness Initiative; a program of the Capital Hill United Ministries, providing daily shelter to women who are homeless in Colorado.
Molly Gallegos is a Colorado native that 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.
Julia Richman currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. Previously, Julia was the Innovation and Technology Officer for the City of Boulder. Serving the city as Chief Innovation and Analytics Officer and as leader of the city’s enterprise technology function. Under her combined leadership, the Boulder created award-winning programs focused on high-performance government with a focus on innovation, equity, and inclusion.
Julia spent a decade at Deloitte Consulting working with over 30 states, universities, non-profits, and the federal government on large-scale, enterprise-wide transformation efforts including technology transformation, cost reduction, business processes improvement, operations improvement, portfolio management, and innovation.
Born and raised in Colorado, Julia serves on the executive committees of both the Colfax Marathon and Colorado Smart Cities Alliance boards. She is a Colorado Governors Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Denver and the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training, as well as a mentor for Greenhouse Scholars since 2012. She received her MPP from the University of Chicago and AB from Dartmouth College.