The agency of Human Rights & Community Partnerships is the umbrella agency for eight distinct offices that envision a unified city where capacities and partnerships have been built and leaders from city governments and all corners of our community are empowered and supported. This agency creates opportunities for innovation to take root in local government and throughout the community to impact local challenges. HRCP is the model of inclusiveness, recognizing that diverse perspectives, skills and resources strengthen the foundation for lasting solutions.
Our mission is to proactively protect human rights, build capacities, and strengthen connections that result in stronger relationships in the community through collaboration, communication and advocacy. We address issues concerning older adults, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and families, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, immigrants and refugees, neighborhood partnerships, and non-profit partnerships.
Amanda Gregg is the Director for the Office on Aging. She comes to the City and County of Denver with 6+ years of experience in the Nonprofit Sector, previously working as the Division Director of Volunteer Services for Volunteers of America. Amanda possesses her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University and graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with her Bachelor’s in Sociology. During her time at Volunteers of America, Amanda served as the Secretary for the Denver Commission on Aging for 4 years and enjoyed the opportunity to advocate and make Denver a better place to age. In her career, Amanda has had the privilege to work with seniors through providing direct service, service oversight and advocacy. Amanda is passionate about building safe communities and improving necessary services to promote growth and change for social justice, especially for the aging population in the community.
Colin Heffern serves as a Plans Review Technician with the Office of Disability Rights. He works with developers and others in planning review to ensure that proposed projects comply with local and national accessibility guidelines. He received Master of Planning and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of Southern California in 2013. In addition to his work with the City and County of Denver, Colin also works as a landscape architect with the National Park Service. He currently resides in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver and enjoys being involved in such a colorful and vibrant community.
Darius Lee Smith (Navajo/Black) is the Director of the Denver Anti-Discrimination Office where he investigates, conducts administrative hearings and mediates civil rights discrimination complaints in accordance with Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver [Chapter 28, Article IV, § 28-91, et seq.]. Darius’ high resolution and satisfaction rate is a result of his ability to apply Indigenous “peacemaking” principles based in respect for all parties, inclusion of culturally responsive perspectives, and the belief that all parties have the potential to reach common ground in a non-adversarial manner.
Darius also serves as the American Indian Liaison to the Denver American Indian Commission that promotes communications between the Denver American Indian Community and the City and County of Denver advocating for social and cultural awareness to promote economic and political equality. Darius has served the American Indian community since 1992 as the Director of Indian Education for Denver Public Schools (DPS), National Director of the Native Peoples’ Initiative for Habitat for Humanity International, Board Member of the several local nonprofits, including the Denver Indian Center, Colorado Indian Education Foundation and the Stronghold Society.
Darius conducts many community outreach efforts including as a founding committee member of the annual Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Annual Conference attended by local and national civil rights experts, activists and students. Recognized for his service to the community, Darius has received various honors and awards including being selected for the American for Indian Opportunity-AIO Ambassadors Program, awarded a Denver Mayoral Proclamation declaring July 1, 1999 as “Darius Lee Smith Day,” and selected as a 2002 Colorado Trust & American Marshall Memorial Fellow.
An adjunct faculty member of the University of Colorado Denver in the Ethnic Studies Department on the topic of Indigenous Studies, Darius is a respected and in-demand speaker. He has published the following educational materials and papers:
Additionally, Darius speaks nationally on the topic of American Indian as Mascots and the negative effects it has on the self-esteem and self-determination of Native people.
A life-long runner, Darius is also a Denver Native and a graduate of Montbello High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University and his Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University.
Debra Gomez is the Operational Coordinator for the Office of Disability Rights. Debra is a Denver native. She earned a Bachelors of Art in Interdivisional Studies: Sociology, Psychology, English and Business from Regis University. She has 32 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired Police Chief and Law Enforcement Academy Director. She has been married for 28 years and has 3 grown sons. She has been an employee with the Denver’s Public Works Right of Way Enforcement Department since 2010. While there she was the liaison to the Disability Rights DPEP program and handled initiatives for improving education and enforcement of handicap parking issues. She recently was appointed Operational Coordinator for Disability Rights. She is a Peak Performance Black Belt – Cohort 9 graduate. She served on Governor Owens’s appointed Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Derek Okubo is a Colorado native and was raised in Littleton, Colorado graduating from Arapahoe High School. Derek then attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a degree in Psychology and double minors in Communications and Sociology.
Derek was hired by Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver as the services coordinator for Denver County. Three years later, Derek started the Big Brothers High School Program where he utilized high school students as mentors and tutors to the children on the waiting list. Derek was appointed Governor Roy Romer’s staff as a community liaison to northeast Colorado. A few years later, Derek was hired by the National Civic League (NCL, the nation’s oldest “good government” organization) as the Assistant Director of Community Services. Through July 2011, Derek rose through the NCL ranks becoming the Senior Vice President where he oversaw NCL’s projects and programs.
In July 2011, Derek was appointed Executive Director of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In this role, Derek oversees eight offices and 10 mayoral appointed commissions. The agency acts as a conduit of communication and convener of problem solving among local government, non-profits, businesses and residents.
Ed Neuberg is the Director of the Denver Office of Disability Rights (DODR) and the City’s ADA coordinator. Ed has been Director of DODR for 14 years now and involved with the ADA for over 18 years. Ed works within Denver City government on Title II ADA compliance and advises the private sector on Title III ADA compliance issues and concerns. Ed is also liaison to the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities (Mayors Commission). This commission works on ADA issues, disability rights, community acknowledgment/awards, and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. Ed is a certified ADA coordinator and has been a presenter at the 2010 -2014 National ADA Symposiums. He is a Member of the Rocky Mt. ADA Leadership Network, Board member National ADA Coordinators, member of the Association for Airline Passenger Rights (AAPR), Certified ADA Trainer and has a B.S. degree in Education from Colorado State University.
Emily earned her B.B.A. in Accounting in 2010 from Loyola University of Chicago. After working in Public Accounting, she traveled to Mobile, Alabama for a year-long volunteer program. Her experience in the program as a caseworker in social services catalyzed her decision to pursue a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, focusing on community & organizational leadership. After interning at HRCP during school, Emily joined the team upon the completion of her degree. She brings experience in grant writing, legislative tracking, policy research & analysis, and advocacy. She is interested in combining research & engagement of all stakeholders to promote informed anti-oppressive policy solutions that benefit individuals, families, and communities.
Ms. Jamie Torres serves as Deputy Director for the Mayors’ Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships (HRCP) and Director, Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs. In this position Ms. Torres coordinates city-wide immigrant and refugee integration efforts. In addition, she provides staff support to the Denver Immigrant & Refugee Commission and Agency Advisory Board promoting collaborative opportunities and dynamic community engagement.
Ms. Torres is a member of the Board of Directors of Groundwork Denver and was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Denver Housing Authority by Mayor Michael Hancock in 2013 where she serves as Board Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Operations Committee. She has recently joined the board of Denver Community Ventures, the non-profit arm of the Denver Housing Authority. She has previously served as Board Chair for the Denver Election ACCESO Spanish Language Voter Advisory Board within the Denver Clerk and Recorders Office, KUVO Radio/Rocky Mountain PBS, Denver Sister Cities International and the Denver Center for Crime Victims.
Ms. Torres is a native of Denver, born and raised in Villa Park, a neighborhood of West Denver. She received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the Colorado College and her masters degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a member of the 2011 class of Leadership Denver and was a 2009 Marshall Memorial Fellow.
Jay Salas is currently the Financial Empowerment Center Program Manager, charged with the development and integration of financial coaching services, in to the existing City of Denver social and supportive services. Jay has spent numerous years working and volunteering in the community as an advocate for human rights and the advancement of low income communities. He comes from a family of public school educators and community advocates and, like them, is passionate about education and community. For the past eighteen-plus years Jay has been the Co-President and Co-CEO of three successful apparel companies with headquarters here in Denver: JC Apparel Industries, Chingaso Gear, Inc., and Suavecito Apparel Co. Jay has been featured in the New York Times style section, Westword magazine, CNN Money, Elle magazine, and Fortune magazine for his business ventures. While operating as a business owner, he made time to volunteer many hours consulting, grant writing and working on community projects and serving on non-profit boards.
Prior to entering into the haberdashery business, Jay was intimately involved in serving disenfranchised people here in Colorado and New Mexico. Jay has extensive experience working with children and families in array of settings and topics to include, mental health, domestic violence, drug and alcohol counseling, in school educational programs, environmental justice, and economic and job development. Jay has worked for non-profits such as Escuela Tlatelolco, Servicios de La Raza, NEWSED Community Development Corporation, and Santa Fe Redevelopment Corporation. Jay was also the Program Manager for an environmental justice program Vasquez Boulevard/I-70 Community Health and Cleanup for the Denver Department of Environmental Health. Successful completion of that project and national recognition for work in the community in environmental justice was a springboard for serving as the Program Manager for West Denver CARES grant through the EPA. Under this project, Jay with his team, was successful in leveraging grant dollars and developing a thriving community partnership to include: non-profits, city, state, and federal partners, neighborhood organizations, foundations, and informal community helpers.
Jessica Jorgensen currently serves as Special Projects Coordinator for HRCP. Jessica brings six years of quantitative and qualitative analysis to her current position. Jessica has a passion for using data and research to make informed policy decisions which have a lasting impact on the community. In her current position she researches and analyzes various topics including but not limited to, civic engagement, inclusivity and performance metrics.
Jessica also acts as Staff Liaison to the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission (DAPAC) which operates as a conduit between the APA community in Denver, HRCP, and the Office of the Mayor. DAPAC aims to create awareness and visibility of the APA community to the community at large and works to respond to emerging APA community issues pertaining to youth, jobs, health, and cultural integration.
Jessica began her professional career as an appointee with former Denver Mayor Hickenlooper’s administration. She spent four years serving under three different Mayors providing scheduling and administrative assistance for various senior staff members. During her last year at the Mayor’s Office, Jessica had the opportunity to work with the community affairs team on multiple community focused projects and meetings, which is where she discovered the importance of and her love of community engagement and capacity building.
Jessica received her master’s degree in public policy and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Denver.
Jessica is a Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo. She greatly enjoys the outdoors and can be found hiking trails all over Colorado in the summer. Once winter comes, she trades in her hiking boots for snowshoes.
Dr. Ken Seeley serves as a collaboration and evaluation specialist for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships of the City of Denver. Prior to his work with the City he served for 20 years as the President and CEO of the Colorado Foundation for Families and Children, the non-profit partner to five state agencies. He is an experienced educator, researcher and cross system leader having extensive background with at risk children and youth in early childhood, juvenile justice, mental health, and public schools. When he served as principal of the Laboratory School at the University of Northern Colorado, he was also a professor of education at UNC. Ken was a tenured faculty member at the University of Denver, College Of Education in the areas of Education Leadership and research design. He has broad cross system policy experience as a policy analyst and consultant for the Center for Study of Social Policy in Washington, and many foundations including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Colorado Trust and the Piton Foundation. He currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Association for School Based Health Centers, Qualistar Early Learning, and the Advisory Board for Sesame Street Workshop (NYC).
Kim Desmond is the Director of the Office on Women and Families. Kim is a Denver native who attended Manual High School. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Fort Hays State University. In 2010, Kim was accepted into the Buell Early Childhood Leadership program at the University of Denver, where she received an Early Childhood Leadership certification and a Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Denver. She has several years of experience in the education field delivering services to parents/children in various capacities, which include management of program operations, case management, and strategic planning/implementation.
Kim’s passion consist of working with underserved populations to eliminate barriers to employment, health care, education, housing, and access to an overall quality of life. In the past she has worked for the Denver Housing Authority as a Youth/Adult program coordinator; Clayton Educare as a Center Based Coordinator and Lead Child Family Educator; OpenWorld Learning as a Multi-Site Director. Kim’s hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and playing basketball.
Linda Keenan is the Office Manager for the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships. Her primary responsibility is providing administrative support to the entire agency.
Linda has been with the agency for over eight years. Her educational background consists of three years of Undergraduate work on a Degree in Human Services, Paralegal Courses, a Certificate in Mediation and a wide variety of trainings and workshops on Civil Rights Law.
Lorrie A. Kosinski is a nationally certified interpreter with a specialist certificate in legal interpreting (SC:L), and is the Director for the Office of Sign Language Services & Resources for the City & County of Denver. For the past 20+ years, Lorrie has been passionately working to ensure access to Denver’s programs, services, and events for people who are deaf or hard of hearing by providing sign language interpreting services; scheduling CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation); engaging the deaf and hard of hearing communities to assist in providing training and education to City agencies, including 911, Police, and Sheriff Academies on interpreter, communication access, and deafness-related matters. Lorrie also networks within the Deaf community to encourage involvement in local government as well as to provide support for Deaf community events; and provides information and referral to the citizens throughout the Denver Metro area.
Lorrie serves as an interpreter representative to the Legal Auxiliary Services Advisory Council for the Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Chairperson for the Legal Interpreting Committee, Colorado Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf; and an interpreter mentor & workshop presenter. She holds a BA in Mass Communications; a Master’s level Certificate as a Master Mentor for Sign Language Interpreters; and is a certified member of the Leadership Network of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center.
Megan Devenport is the Denver Shared Spaces Program Manager. She is a community social worker with 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. As Program Manager, Megan provides program planning, management and logistical support to Denver Shared Spaces as the project continues to expand its work to create and optimize mission-driven shared spaces. Her position is a public-private partnership between DOSP and the Urban Land Conservancy. Prior to her current position, Megan worked in nonprofit behavioral healthcare, providing counseling services to young people and their families. Due in large part to her diverse background and training, Megan approaches her work with a lens toward social justice, inclusivity and diverse stakeholder engagement.
Megan received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign.
Miriam Peña is the Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. Her role as city liaison to the non-profit sector involves development and delivery of training and technical assistance to better connect government and community; managing DOSP’s community collaborative work; leading DOSP’s nonprofit capital support projects; and overseeing the office’s energy efficiency priorities. Miriam’s role at DOSP allows her to work cross-sector bringing together private, public and nonprofit sector to engage on collaborative projects to make Denver a better place to live, in addition to providing general support to the 3,000 nonprofits connected to DOSP.
Miriam began her nonprofit career as an intern 11 years ago at the Colorado Progressive Coalition, a public policy advocacy nonprofit. By the time she left the organization last spring, she had held every position in the organization including grassroots fundraising coordinator and development director before her promotion to Executive Director in 2010. Miriam became the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree, having studied Public Policy and Communications at the University of Denver. She is currently pursuing an MBA from the Olin Business School of Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her work at CPC, she has served in various leadership positions on numerous nonprofit boards locally including Metro Denver Partners, New Era Colorado, Rights for all People, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, El Centro Humanitario (Humanitarian Center for Day Laborers), and nationally with the Alliance for a Just Society. She co-hosts a weekly radio talk show, “Weekend Wisdom” in Denver and was appointed to the Denver Women’s Commission as chair of the Public Policy committee where she served for a year. In August of 2013, she became the foster mother to her three nieces.
Nanette Mosby is the Contract Coordinator for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships. Nanette provides contract management support for the Energy Efficiency Program as well as managing DOSP workshop logistics and providing general administrative support.
Prior to joining DOSP Nanette served as a Contract Officer with the University of Colorado in Boulder and also contracted with two Federal Agencies, the Department of Energy and National Parks Service. Along with Nanette’s contracting experience she possesses 9 years of accounting experience while employed for the City of Denver at DIA.
Nanette is a Colorado native and grew up in the Clayton Denver neighborhood and graduated from Manual High School. Nanette received her Undergraduate Degree in Business Management from Metropolitan State College and received an MBA in Operations Management and a MBA Certificate in Technical Management from Regis University.
Roz was born and raised in Tennessee where she graduated with a degree in Computer Science. She moved to Colorado in 1977 and worked for many years as a software developer for a number of businesses. In 2003, Roz became the office manager for the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce where she worked until 2006 when Councilman Michael Hancock hired her as a Council aide. Roz now works as the Director of Neighborhood Partnerships Office in the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships and is the staff liaison for the Denver African American Commission.
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