First elected to Denver City Council in 2011, and re-elected in 2015 and 2019, Robin Kniech is one of two At-Large Council members. Raised in a working class family, she has a deep respect for the value of hard work and has dedicated her life to making Denver a better place for families and those struggling to make ends meet. The Councilwoman has a record of bold accomplishments on expanding access to affordable housing, including the establishment of a dedicated affordable housing fund that was doubled in 2018 and will now create or preserve at least 6,000 new homes over the next 5 years.
Other accomplishments include expanding local food access, increasing energy efficiency in commercial buildings through energy scoring requirements and transparency, and updating Denver’s regulations governing the marijuana industry. Councilwoman Kniech was also successful in collaborating with the labor community and the Mayor's office to establish a $15 minimum wage for city employees and contractors, supporting thousands of working families in the metro area. The Councilwoman was active in regional transportation and mobility efforts for her first two terms have led and supported efforts to expand transparency and civic participation in government and leads the Council's workgroup on Housing and Homelessness. Councilwoman Kniech was recognized by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the 25 Most Powerful Women of 2016, by the Gay and Lesbian Chamber as 2014 Professional Woman of the Year, and was 2012 Lawmaker of the Year for the Denver’s Women’s Commission/Women’s Chamber. She is the first out member of the LGBT community to serve on the City Council, and she is the mom of a young son.
Conversation on Race and Zoning in Denver, Past and Present
Denver is in the midst of a Group Living discussion that would change limits on household size and where congregate residential care could be allowed in the future. This panel hosted by Councilwoman Robin Kniech will explore the intersections of race and zoning provisions like this, past and present, nationally and locally, particularly for Black and Latinx residents.
Prentiss A. Dantzler, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies focusing on housing, race, and community development
Marisa A. Zapata, Associate Professor of land-use planning focusing on creating racially just futures.
Supportive housing resources from Councilwoman Kniech
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