Mission Statement: 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.
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 agenda for meeting location.*
NOTE: September's meeting will be held on September 13th instead of the first Thursday of the month.
In late May, the Denver Office on Women & Families, the Denver Women's Commission, and It's Time Network hosted the 2017 Denver Gender Equity Summit. Over 350 community members joined Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and other area leaders to collaboratively prioritize solutions and pledge action to address systemic inequity.
Click on the image or link below to view the Denver Gender Equity Summit Summary Report.
The Denver Thrives When Women Thrive Guide is an employer tool created by the Denver Women’s Commission. There is no right or wrong way to do it; this is about YOUR organization, YOUR objectives, and YOUR people!
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Lilly is currently the program coordinator for a special grant on the Child Abuse Prevention Team under the Child Welfare Division for the Denver Department of Human Services. Prior to joining DHS, Lilly was an Employment Specialist for two workforce development programs first with Goodwill Industries of Denver and then with the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development. Lilly served for two years in the United States Peace Corps in a rural Mayan village in Belize. Lilly received her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Colorado State University and her Master’s of Social Worker degree from the University of Denver. Lilly also serves on the Emerging Leaders Alumni Council for the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University. Lilly is passionate about advancing economic, health/mental health opportunities and services for marginalized populations.
Indya J. Clark is a mother and Colorado native. As a first generation college student, she graduated from DU's degree program in 2013 and completed both a Masters in Social Work and a Bachelors in Sociology and Human Communications. Her education combined with her passion for people, has drawn her to working for community organizations that provide solid support systems and robust programming that pave the way for people to become and stay resilient. Living by the mantra, "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work", Indya enjoys being apart of collaboratives that make a better tomorrow and help all people reach their highest goals and dreams. In her spare time she loves having fun her daughter, researching and trying new things.
Sabrina Coleman is the owner of Pansophy PR, a National boutique firm that offers publicist services, media outreach, media planning, special communications and event planning services for all types of businesses, from larger corporations to small businesses.
Specializing in personality management and event planning, Sabrina’s clients include Hollywood celebrities and her past events have included successful red carpet events, fashion shows and galas hosted for national and international organizations.
While attending Howard University, Ms. Coleman served as an editor for Howard’s highly influential student-run newspaper, The Hilltop. After living in Los Angeles for six years and abroad for four years , Sabrina returned to Denver, where she worked in production for Starz Entertainment. Her position there included booking and scheduling celebrity interviews, innovating new programming content, and writing and editing scripts for on-air use.
Shontel M. Lewis is a Colorado native and advocate of social equity. She was born and raised in the Historic Five Points neighborhood. Currently she serves as the Manager of Public Affairs for the Denver Public Schools. In her past position she served as the Transit Equity Specialist at the Regional Transportation District (RTD), where she focused on social equity through environmental justice and Title VI.
Shontel received her formal education from Manual High School and continued her education at the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelors’ of Art Degree in Communication. She is a dedicated mother and life partner, with a passion for equitable education, workforce development, transportation and youth.
Her philosophy is that great leaders become great, not by what they receive, but by what they give to others through their service and resilience.
Serina Montoya grew up in Denver and now proudly serves its residents by promoting social emotional wellness and education as a School Social Worker in Denver Public Schools. This is her 7th year in the district and her 3rd year at Manual High School. Serina has worked in human services and education in several different settings including The Mental Health Center of Denver, Delores Project and Denver Justice High School.
Lynn Noesner is a Senior Deputy Public Defender in the Appellate Division. In that capacity, she works to protect the constitution and ensure that her indigent clients receive fair process in the criminal system. Lynn received her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in English and Women's Studies from Colgate University.
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 across sectors to bring the public, private and nonprofit sectors together to engage on collaborative projects and partnerships as well as provide general support to more than 3,000 nonprofits connected to DOSP.
Miriam began her nonprofit career as an intern 11 years ago at the Colorado Progressive Coalition, a statewide, social justice public policy advocacy organization. By the time she left the organization in 2014, she had held several positions in the organization including grassroots fundraising coordinator and development director before her promotion to Executive Director in 2010. Having been born in Mexico and raised in Denver’s Cole/5 Points neighborhood, Miriam became the first in her family to earn a Bachelor’s degree, having studied Public Policy and Communications at the University of Denver. In 2015, she earned an MBA from the Olin Business School of Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her nonprofit work at CPC, she has served in various leadership positions on numerous nonprofit boards locally including Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, El Centro Humanitario (Humanitarian Center for Day Laborers), and nationally with the Alliance for a Just Society. In addition she previously co-hosted a weekly radio talk show on Real Talk AM 760, called “Weekend Wisdom” in Denver. Currently, Miriam serves on the national nonprofit board of Youth Advocate Programs, serves on the Denver Women’s Commission and is the foster mother of her three hyper nieces, ages 12, 10 and 8.
Nicole Portee currently serves at the Executive Director of the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Transportation Department, overseeing a fleet of more than 400 school buses, 500 personnel and transportation for over 37,000 students throughout Denver. Ensuring the Safe transport of students is her and the department’s number one priority. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native is a change agent who prides herself on approaching the profession with an innovative frame of mind and takes advantage of opportunities that present themselves.
In 2013 Nicole was honored by Superintendent Boasberg and awarded “Persons of the Year” for exemplifying DPS Shared Core Values. In 2014 she was also named one of the 14 Phenomenal Women in School Transportation by the School Bus Fleet magazine and in 2014 as one of the 14 Fascinating Personalities in Pupil Transportation School Bus Fleet magazine. Nicole has continued to be recognized by various organizations for her leadership and out of the box thinking. Nicole served as the President of the Colorado State Pupil Transportation Association (CSPTA) from 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. She has presented at several National Conferences including; Transporting Students with Disabilities and Preschoolers National Conference.
Nancy Reichman is Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Director of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Denver where she has taught since 1984. She has written articles and books on a number of topics including, pay equity, workplace regulation, white -collar crime, global environmental regulation, pay equity, and workplace regulation. She is the editor of the scholarly journal, Law & Policy. Reichman chaired the Colorado Pay Equity Commission from 2010-2014. She previously chaired the Board of Directors of Building Bridges, a Denver non-profit that helps to combat hate, discrimination and violate conflict by connecting individuals face-to-face with though they have been taught to fear and mistrust and teaching leadership skills for working across communities. Professor Reichman received her BA from New College in Sarasota Florida, MPA from New York University, and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mary Ricketson is a lawyer, mediator, fundraiser, educator, consultant and Dean Emerita to the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver. Mary has served as a Colorado deputy district attorney, an Assistant Attorney General and the Executive Director of the Colorado Lawyers Committee. She has served as the president of the Colorado Women's Bar Association, the CWBA Foundation and the Colorado Association on the Abuse of Children. Mary served as the Chair of the Wildlife Experience Board, as a Board member of Mi Casa Resource Center and is currently a Board member of the Make A Wish Foundation and the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. She has been honored with The Mary Lathrop Trailblazer Award by the Women's Bar Association as well as the Community Service Award by the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, the Edwin Wolf Award from the national Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and The Women of Distinction Award. Mary is referenced in Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in America.
Leslie is the Director of Operations and Programming for LoDo District, Inc., a registered neighborhood organization and nonprofit dedicated to serving the historic LoDo neighborhood through advocacy, promotion, and education. Leslie has her Master's in Political Science from Boston University and continues to work towards her Ph.D. Her research interests include democratization, transitional justice, community development, and human rights. Leslie's dissertation project concerns countries in a period of transition, whether from civil war or authoritarian rule, and how the built environment can play a role in promoting peace and/or justice.
Prior to her role at LoDo District, Inc., Leslie has taught courses in Political Science at Randolph-Macon College, and served as Program Officer at the Global Literacy Institute, housed at Boston University's School of Education. She has also been a fellow for the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Range Future and been awarded several grants to conduct doctoral research.
Jessica Skibo is a Denver native and a proud resident in South Denver. She’s employed as a Senior Financial Management Analyst for the City & County of Denver, managing Denver Police, Denver Fire, Civil Service Commission and the Office of Emergency Management budgets, amounting to $343 million of a $1.2 billion annual budget. She is a two time recipient of the 5281 Award in 2015 and 2012, the highest honor obtainable from Office of the Mayor, for her significant contribution to the City’s Five STARS Goals (Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect and Safety). Jessica is currently serving as Chair of the Denver Women’s Commission, advocating for legislation and policies affecting Denver’s women and girls. Jessica sits on the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Public Affairs Committee. In this role she actively monitors Legislation with regards to Colorado’s economic environment. Jessica serves on the Board of Directors of Denver Sister Cities International, helping promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation with cultural, educational and economic endeavors. She serves on the Board of Directors of Engage Denver, bringing awareness to and lending support to help sustain existing community organizations by encouraging collective impact through partnerships. She double majored receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a second Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Colorado State University in 2000. Jessica is known for her integrity, passion and dedication among her peers and colleagues.
Courtney Smith is a Design and Marketing Specialist for FurnitureLab, a commercial furniture company. She also works as a freelance design and marketing consultant in the Denver area. Courtney graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She has won several awards for her writing and design, including the silver medal in the College Photographer of the Year – Multimedia Design category.
Corelle M. Spettigue works as a Senior Assistant Attorney General within the Health Care Unit of the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. She represents the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the State Medicaid Agency on a full range of health-related enforcement, regulatory, procurement and compliance matters. She handles complex litigation cases on behalf of her agency clients and provides strategy and guidance as high-profile issues emerge.
Prior to joining the Health Care Unit, Corelle practiced in the Appellate Division representing the State of Colorado in criminal appellate cases, appearing before the Colorado Court of Appeals, Colorado Supreme Court, and Federal District Court for the District of Colorado.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Corelle remains very active in community organizations. She volunteers countless hours to working with the Denver Women’s Commission, the Character and Fitness Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Law Examiners, the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, and as a legal clinic volunteer for Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence. For her work both professionally and on behalf of the community, Corelle was selected to receive the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s prestigious “Outstanding New Hispanic Lawyer” award in 2012, the Hispanic National Bar Association's ""Top Lawyer Under 40 Award"" in March of 2015, and the Attorney General’s ""Award for Exceptional Performance"" in September of 2015. Corelle received her J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law in 2007, and her B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002.
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