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Welfare Reform Board

The Welfare Reform Board is tasked specifically with adopting policies, rules, and regulations regarding Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, a federal cash assistance program that is known as Colorado Works in our state, and the Child Care Assistance Program. It is composed of members selected by the mayor, members of city council, and workforce development and human services personnel.


Current Board Members

  • Jeff Fitzgerald, Board Chair, Business Community Representative 
  • Shawn DeBerry Johnson, Vice Chair, Denver Human Services Representative
  • Don Mares, Executive Director, Denver Human Services
  • Councilman Rafael Espinoza, City Council District 1 Representative
  • Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore, City Council District 11 Representative
  • Sarai Williams, Community Representative
  • Nicole Reihl,  Chief Operating Officer, Denver’s Early Childhood Council


The Welfare Reform Board meets quarterly, at a minimum, and monthly when agenda items are present.

Public Input

All meetings are free and open to the public.

The agenda is available 21 days before each meeting. If you are a citizen and wish to comment, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the meeting to sign up to speak. You will be given three minutes to share your comments with the board at the end of the meeting. The public comments session is limited to five speakers based on a first-come, first-served basis.

If the board is considering a policy change, the public is also able to comment on that change before the board votes. To request a copy of the proposed policy change or to receive the agenda, send an email to

Persons not able to attend a Welfare Reform Board meeting but who wish to make a public comment may forward a written comment to:

Denver Human Services
Welfare Reform Board
Attn: Ginger Vigil
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

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 Denver Human Services related to welfare reform consistent with state and federal law.


For more information about the Welfare Reform Board, contact:

Ginger Vigil, Staff Contact


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Welfare Reform Board Ordinance [PDF]



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