Jan 15, 2020
DENVER – The Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships today announced Wil Alston as the new Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships.
Alston is a veteran executive and communications strategist with nearly thirty years of professional experience in entrepreneurship, networking, fundraising, marketing and strategic planning. As principal of the Wil Alston Group, a Denver-based boutique marketing firm founded in 2000, he provided marketing and public relations, civic engagement, government relations and supplier diversity expertise to nonprofits including Denver Public Schools, the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver, the Five Points Business District and the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce.
In his many years in strategic communications, Alston has served former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, Mayor Michael B. Hancock and City Council members Elbra Wedgeworth and Albus Brooks in both consulting and senior leadership positions, managing crisis communications and daily messaging, branding and coordination. His deep community involvement includes service on the Colorado Baseball Stadium District and as chair of the University of Denver’s Community Advisory Board.
“Wil’s extensive experience in both government and nonprofit spaces makes this announcement an exciting one for an office whose mission is to facilitate nonprofit work with the city,” said Derek Okubo, HRCP’s Executive Director.
A native of Washington, D.C., Alston earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and completed coursework toward a Master of Science Degree in Management from Regis University. He and wife Rosalind “Roz” Alston are longtime Park Hill residents.
Founded in 1947, the Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships (HRCP) includes ten offices and ten commissions that work to create a more just and equitable Denver. Through advocacy, capacity building, collaboration, community engagement and direct services, HRCP strives to create lasting change for Denver's residents and to ensure that people from all communities are empowered and supported with the innate knowledge that diverse perspectives, skills and resources strengthen the foundation for lasting solutions.
The Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) was created in 2004 to provide a bridge between the City and County of Denver and its nonprofit sector. DOSP focuses on building individual skills and tools in nonprofit and city agency staff to encourage cross-sector partnerships, to continue and expand the active facilitation of city-nonprofit collaborative efforts, and to help connect the two sectors to leverage government grant and real estate resources in new ways.
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