Erin Brown

RootED Board Member
Vice President of Community Investment and Impact, The Colorado Health Foundation
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Erin Brown currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Equity Officer for Mayor Michael B. Hancock in the City and County of Denver. As an appointed official for three consecutive administrations under Mayor Hancock, Brown has provided bold and forward-thinking leadership, and has been instrumental in building a system of collaboration among community members and organizations, local businesses and city agencies.

As an advocate for children and youth in Denver, Brown previously led the Office of Children’s Affairs, accomplishing Mayor Hancock’s goals for children and youth as they relate to early childhood experiences, grade level reading, re-engaging disconnected youth, completing post-secondary pathways that lead to employment and decreasing childhood obesity. In her capacity as, executive director Brown worked to improve quality and increase access to experiences that will ensure all children have resources and opportunities to succeed in school, in the workplace and in a global society, regardless of race, ethnicity, income or disability. With more than 25 years of leadership experience directing civic programs and services, Brown has an endless and unbroken passion for addressing issues concerning children, minorities and elderly communities.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, she served as Deputy Director for Denver Parks and Recreation, the Director of Resident Services for Kappa Management, held the position of Vice President of Programs and Development for the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver and was an Executive Director for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.

Today, her work and leadership are guided by the essence of a quote from President Barack Obama, “No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.” Erin

Brown currently resides in Denver with her husband and four children. As a parent, a community member and a youth advocate, Brown is extremely committed to “being a voice for the voiceless.”