The Office of Community Affairs advances Mayor Hancock’s mission to deliver a world-class city by leveraging his top priorities of economic development, affordable housing, mobility, education and safety through comprehensive outreach, community engagement and advocacy efforts designed to promote, build and maintain long-term, city-wide relationships. Therefore strengthening the quality of life for Denver residents through information dissemination, strong relationship building and intentional outreach with inclusivity and diversity.
The Office of Community Affairs is announcing available mini-grant funding to residents and civic organizations, to develop community driven projects designed to promote Denver as a welcoming, accepting, and inclusive city.
2017-2018 Projects should include continued collaboration and relationship building for youth and law enforcement, improve neighborhood connectivity, promote inclusion and equality, provide justice services and support for immigrant communities, promote social justice, empower city youth, and advocate for Dreamers.
The maximum grant amount is $3,000
The deadline to apply for 2017-2018 projects has passed.
Cabinet in the Community is a quarterly opportunity for members of the community to come and hear brief presentations by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, as well as his cabinet members on important issues pertaining to their neighborhood and the City and County of Denver.
Community members are given an opportunity to speak face-to-face with the Mayor and members of his cabinet following the presentations during the City Fair portion of the event.
Denver Days is an initiative Mayor Michael B. Hancock created to help neighbors get to know neighbors and get involved with their communities. The concept and message behind Denver Days quickly caught on with Denver residents and this August 1st-7th marks Denver Days fourth year.
“When I finally got to know my neighbors, my house became a home.” - Harold Brewer, Skyland resident
When youth at Arts Street were asked to envision the world they would like to see, they created artwork filled with hope, love, peace, forgiveness and grace. A city unified, not divided. A Denver Healing As One.
Those visions are going up on four billboards across the city to inspire all of us to see the possibility with the optimism of youth.
Anthony Aragon is part of the Community Affairs team in the Agency. He previously served as Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Director of Boards & Commissions where he managed over 130 different civic boards and commissions.
Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Anthony worked for the State of Colorado as a member of Governor John Hickenlooper’s transition team and helped coordinate the Governor’s inaugural events. On January 11, 2011 he was named Chief of Staff to First Lady Helen Thorpe. Anthony also served as Governor John Hickenlooper’s GLBT Liaison.
Anthony is a Denver native and has been a proud member of Denver’s GLBT community for over 25 years. Anthony lives with his husband of almost 21 years, David Westman & their Spanish Water Dogs, Andale & Arriba in Stapleton.
Shawn DeBerry Johnson spent her childhood in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. During a 10 year professional modeling career, Shawn entered the United States Army where she served our country as a Petroleum Supply Specialist where she refueled military aircraft and set down portable pipeline, and is now an honored veteran. Shawn attended Colorado Christian University, where she majored in Christian Leadership and Communications with a minor in Business Administration. She also attended Global Change Network, School of Christian Vocational Training where she received her ordination.
Shawn served as Diversity Councilwoman for Kaiser Permanente and Community Coordinator for the Denver Rescue Mission, Mayor’s Clergy Council, the Governor’s Council and the Denver Leadership Foundation. And now serves in an appointed position, as Director of Community Affairs for Mayor Michael B. Hancock. She also serves as a commissioner for Denver Human Services. As the founder and servant leader of the non-profit, Pool of Bethesda Outreach Ministries, she provides services to the homeless, less fortunate and those in need.
As a motivational speaker, Shawn has been invited to speak for high school students, Young Life leader’s conferences and participate in youth and adult mentoring groups, and serve as a Community Leader and Facilitator for the Annual EspeciallyMe Conference for African American teen girls.
Shawn is the recipient of numerous commendations and appointments. A 2010 recipient of The Kaleidoscope Project’s African American Leadership Award and a 2011 Nominee for the Women of Hope Award, Shawn has served on several boards and steering committees including Tumaini Ministries (an Orphanage in Kenya), the Commission on Homelessness (an appointment by Governor John Hickenlooper), Denver Exploratory Committee in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and Street Psalms Leadership Group.
A Denver native, Grace López Ramírez has been advocating for underrepresented communities for over 15 years, the last 10 of which have been in the Denver Metro area. Prior to returning to Denver, Grace worked on issues like diversity in the newsroom; engaging the community as an appointee of the Governor of Puerto Rico; press advance on a national presidential campaign; and fighting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) on behalf of a federation of 100 Hispanic non-profits in the northeast.
As a bilingual advocate for civic engagement, Grace ran a non-partisan voting campaign Colorado Mi Familia Vota through 2 presidential election cycles, successfully turning out over 75,000 low propensity Colorado Latino voters across 3 counties.
A veteran political communications strategist with experience at the State Capitol, Grace has worked on social justice issue and candidate campaigns in Denver and across the country and was a long time Outreach Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of ACCESO, the Spanish language advisory group to Denver elections. Grace has served on numerous community boards including the former Rights for All People, Emerge Colorado and as a Mayoral appointee to the Denver Latino Commission.
Three years ago, Grace moved over to work in City government, helping to open and establish Denver’s new Office of Special Events (OSE). Currently, Grace is a Mayoral Appointee serving as a Senior Advisor for Community Affairs within the Human Rights and Community Partnerships Agency. Grace’s role is to serve as the official city liaison for the 78 neighborhoods in Denver, their Registered Neighborhood Organizations, Business Improvement Districts, community leaders and key stakeholders connecting community with our government.
Anthony Aragon, Senior Adviser
Shawn Johnson, Senior Adviser
Grace López Ramírez, Senior Adviser
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