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The Manager and Deputy Managers lead Denver Human Services toward carrying out its vision by providing guidance for and oversight of service delivery; policy development and compliance; strategic planning; coordination with the Mayor’s Office, the City Council, the City Attorney’s Office, and the Mayor’s Office of Education and Children; other city agencies, offices, and departments; as well as coordination with the other counties, state and federal legislators, and the State Departments of Human Services and Health Care Policy and Financing.


  • Don Mares,  Executive Director 
  • Jay Morein,  Chief Operating Officer
  • Andrea Albo,  Executive Deputy Director- Assistance Division
  • Mitch McKee,  Executive Deputy Director- Support Services

Advisory Board

The Denver Human Services Advisory Board advises the Department Director and provides consultation about issues that are core to our vision and values.

The Board meets quarterly and the public is invited to attend. Board  meeting dates/times are posted below.

Advisory Board Members

  • Ismael Guerrero – Board Chair
  • Mark S. Trast
  • Christine Benero
  • Rev. Marjorie Lewis
  • Amy Latham
  • Shawn Johnson
  • Don Mares



Denver Welfare Reform Board

February 8, 2017

Denver Human Services Richard T. Castro Building Room 3110/12


Next Meeting Agenda

**Next Welfare Reform Board Meeting: March 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.  Castro Building Room 3110/12

The Denver Welfare Reform Board has the full authority and power to promulgate and adopt any policies, rules or regulations pertaining to the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Denver Department of Human Services related to welfare reform consistent with State and Federal Law.

WRB Ordinance

Current members of the Denver Welfare Reform Board:

  • Denise Bryant, Office of Economic Development Director (Board Chair) 
  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Business Community Representative (Board Vice Chair) 
  • Don Mares, Executive Director of Denver Human Services
  • Elizabeth Horn, Service Provider
  • George Brantley, Hope Center
  • Marjorie Lewis, Human Services Board Member 
  • Penny May, Deputy Chief of Staff to Mayor Michael B. Hancock 
  • Councilman Rafael Espinoza, City Council District 1 Representative 
  • Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, City Council District 11 Representative
  • Sarai Williams, Community Representative 
  • Tammy Mulligan, DenUM Service Provider Representative

Welfare Reform Board – Denver Human Services Staff List 

Legislative Liaison

The work of the is important in developing and implementing public policy for the Department and educating the community about the impact of such policy.

The Liaison provides support of the Denver Human Services by: 
  • Monitoring and working on state and federal legislation that impacts our clients and staff;
  • Closely tracking state and federal budgets and fiscal policy as they apply to DHS;
  • Working with the rule-making bodies of state agencies, such as the Colorado Dept. of Human Services, the Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing, and the Colorado Dept. of Revenue, to implement new state policies and legislation;
  • Representing DHS in community groups that advocate on public policy issues relevant to the Department and important to clients and staff;
  • Working with elected officials to provide information about DHS and to help resolve the concerns their constituents may have with DDHS.

Welfare Reform Board

Learn more about the Welfare Reform Board by visiting the link below:

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
Statewide: 1-844-CO-4-Kids (264-5437)
or in Denver: 720-944-3000
Adult Protection Hotline
DHS Customer Service


Colorado Relay/TDD

Child Support Services

Foster Care

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information