ACCESO ("access" in Spanish) is a committee that assists the Clerk and Recorder and the Elections Director in their outreach efforts to Denver's limited-English, Spanish-speaking citizens.
Central goals include:
"Provide advice and guidance to the Office of the Clerk and Recorder and its Elections Division to assist in communicating to the Spanish language community for purposes of providing elections information and promoting voting and participation of all citizens in the elections process."
Today, ACCESO has 16 members representing various geographic areas of Denver. The members serve three years and participate in scheduled meetings and educational activities about the electoral process.
ACCESO generally meets on a quarterly basis leading up to general and local elections.
The board may schedule additional meetings, and provides notices of all meetings in accordance with the Denver open meetings ordinance.
The meetings are dynamic and all board members contribute their ideas and updates to the team, the Director of the Elections Division, and the Clerk and Recorder.
Members of the Denver community with an interest in providing information about, and promoting participation in, the electoral process are encouraged to apply for membership on the ACCESO board.
Margaret is the vice president of the Democratic Party of Colorado and President of the Democratic Women of Colorado. Additionally, she was the President for the Iniciativa Latina de Colorado. Margaret has been active participant for several years in the Latino community in voter registration and educational initiatives.
Stella, born and raised in Denver, has been working in the public sector, political sphere and national and state initiatives throughout her professional career. Madrid was appointed to the Board of Spanish Language Advisory Board (SLAB) in 2006, served as President in 2008-10. In 2010 she was elected Chair of ACCESO, where she served two terms, she also serves on the Executive Committee and remains active in a leadership role. Madrid is the Inter-Governmental and Community Affairs Officer for the Housing Authority of City and County of Denver (1991-Present). Additionally, Madrid has had leadership roles in state and national boards including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Organizations (NAHRO), Global Urban Development, Housing Colorado Legislative Committee, her local House District and is active in other non-profit organizations.
Although my family is from Mexico, I grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Having moved to Colorado eight years ago after graduating from the University of Wyoming, I followed my dream to leap into a big city to continue working with families on access to education, community resources, and equity. I started my career at Escuela Tlatelolco as an English and Second Language Teacher working with recently immigrated students and their families. My passion for public service quickly took me to addressing policy issues of immigration and small business for U.S. Representative Diana DeGette. I continue working in public service on local social equity issues in west Denver for Denver City Councilman Paul D. Lopez. Public service has shown me, especially at the local level, your vote matters and impacts your life on a daily basis. I encourage you in this election and in every election, to please vote and encourage others to do so as well!
Carla is Director of Mi Familia Vota in Colorado. She is an advocate of immigrant rights and is very knowledgeable in education in voter registration and community organization. She collaborates with ACCESO promoting voter participation.
Celia is coordinator for iAmerica for the state and has been working with the Latino Community since 2006. Since 2010, Celia has been promoting the importance of having political power and helping her community to become citizens, registering to vote and vote. She currently lives in Lakewood and is getting her Masters degree in bilingual education and cultural diversity from CU Boulder.