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Councilwoman Black's Story

I took office as the Denver City Council Member representing District 4 in southeast Denver in July, 2015.

I am a proud Denver native, born and raised in southeast Denver. I grew up working in my family’s small business. I graduated from Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School, and have a BA in history and political science from CU Boulder and an MA in history from CU Denver. I am passionate about southeast Denver where my husband and I have raised our three children.

I've been actively involved in our community for more than two decades, successfully advocating for schools, students, neighborhoods and parks. My professional experience includes work in non-profits, education and community outreach, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, CU Denver and George Washington High School. A strong believer in community based solutions, I created a neighborhood park at Slavens School that serves as a gathering place, a school playground and an athletic field. Combining my passions—history, education and community—I grew the fledgling National History Day in Colorado program to one of the top social studies and literacy programs in the country for middle and high school students.

As a councilperson, I am working to connect our neighborhoods and activate our community. I am collaborating with Public Works and CDOT to improve our transportation options, making our District safe and walkable, and our light rail stations more accessible. I am also working with residents to create a 21st century vision for the district, and to create plans to guide future development. Strengthening community connections among neighbors, schools, seniors and businesses is a top priority.  Since being elected, my office established the Senior Series: informational events that provide senior citizens with resources, education and socialization. I'm working to preserve and improve the High Line Canal and trail, the Wellshire Golf Course and our parks.

I am committed to serving my constituents, advocating for them and ensuring that they have a voice. I know that together, we will keep Denver strong and moving in the right direction for everyone!



Kathy Gile grew up in Denver and is passionate about her hometown community. She attended Colorado College where she met her husband Jim.  They raised their two kids in Southern Hills and still reside there today.  Kathy handles special district projects, the Senior Series and legislative issues.  Kathy is a Master Gardener and in the winter enjoys skiing at Winter Park with her family.  Reach Kathy at


Tate Carpenter is from Bozeman, Montana and a graduate in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Tate is in charge of constituent services and community outreach. In her free time, Tate enjoys playing soccer, dancing salsa, and testing her trivia knowledge on “Jeopardy.” Reach Tate at


Liz Zukowski is from Houston, Texas, though she considers Colorado her home. She recently graduated with an MPA from the University of Colorado Denver. Liz focuses on the Good Neighbor Program, legislative issues, the Annual Printed Newsletter, and other special projects.  When she’s not in the office, Liz loves hiking with her dog, skiing, and exploring Denver.  Reach Liz at