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The Denver Women’s Commission promotes the social, economic and political quality of life in Denver by assisting women in the attainment of equality and full opportunity by:

  • Advocating for women
  • Empowering women through coalition building, disseminating information and sharing community resources
  • Monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting women

Our Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  They serve 2 year terms. Commissioners must live or work in the City and County of Denver.

Commission Meetings

The Denver Women's Commission meets the first Thursday of each month, from 6:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Meetings are open to the public. We recommend confirming the date and place prior to the meeting. 
*Meeting locations rotate monthly to various community organizations. Please see the Monthly Committee Meeting Schedule for locations.

Note: All commission meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes as well as other commission documents can be found here.


In May of 2017 the Denver Office on Women & Families, the Denver Women's Commission, and It's Time Network hosted the 2017 Denver Gender Equity Summit to collaboratively prioritize solutions and pledge action to address systemic inequity. 

Download the Denver Gender Equity Summit Report Here



The Denver Thrives When Women Thrive Guide is an employer tool created by the Denver Women’s Commission to help city agencies, private businesses, and non-profits assess gender equity within their own operations.

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Magen Dodge is a Commander with the Denver Police Department. She is currently assigned as a liaison to the State of Colorado's Information Analysis Center (CIAC)

Commander Dodge joined the commission to become more involved with shaping the City of Denver's response to the challenges faced by women and girls in our city. As a twenty-year veteran of law enforcement, she has seen the disproportionate impacts facing women around social issues within the city. Additionally, working for the City of Denver has given Commander Dodge a keen understanding of how the city operates, both for citizens and city employees, contributing to the knowledge base necessary for this role. She wants to bring her unique perspective when making recommendations for change which can directly impact women and girls' success. She believes that women and girls need advocates, and what better way to advocate while having a far-reaching impact for women and girls, than serving as a commissioner with Denver's Women's Commission.

Commander Dodge is a wife and mother of three (two teenage girls). She loves to cook (and taste!) and entertain family and friends.

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Catherine Pierce a Talent Acquisition Manager with Graebel Companies, Inc where she recruits Graebel’s talent and oversees outreach efforts.

Pierce joined to the commission to be an advocate for Denver’s women and girls in a meaningful way. She hopes to leverage her corporate HR knowledge to do so.

Outside of work and the commission, Catherine loves travelling, cooking, and reading.

Nicole Portee is the Executive Director of Transportation at Denver Public Schools where she oversees school district transportation operations, assets, and fleet. 

Portee joined the commission to make a change for women and girls through policy and legislation.

Outside of work and the commission, Nicole likes to mentor youth and young moms, and she also likes to sing.


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Marisol Solarte-Erlacher is owner and a psychotherapist at Marisol Solarte-Erlacher and Associates.

Solarte-Erlacher joined the commission because she strongly believes in civic leadership. Over the years, she has sought many ways to serve and stay connected to her community and to advocate for issues that are important to her. The Women's Commission offers her a unique opportunity to step up in service and leadership with the end goal of increasing access and opportunity for women and girls. She also believes that representation matters and as a woman of color, she wants other women to know that they can have a seat at many different tables in our city, and that their voices matter.

Outside of work and the commission, Marisol is a friend, mother, and consumer of good food. She loves spending quality time with people she loves, doing fun things with her kids, and finding yummy food to eat. 


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Kim DesmondDirector

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