Paul D. Lopez

Councilman, City & County of Denver

Paul D. López began his community life as a community organizer in Denver’s poorest neighborhoods, organizing local residents to protect affordable housing and access to health care. In 2006 he convened leaders to organize a political march of over 100,000 people to the state capitol in support of humane national immigration reform.

Elected in 2007 to represent West Denver’s Council District 3 and was re-elected for his second term in May 2011 unopposed. Since then, Councilman López has served in various leadership roles as Chair of the Health, Safety, Education & Services Committee, Chair of the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, and Chair of the 2010 City Council Redistricting process. He has also served as Co-Chair of the 2010 Census Denver Complete Count Committee and board secretary of the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.

Councilman López also serves on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, where he continues to amplify the voice of Latinos on a national stage and has served as a National surrogate to President Barack Obama during both 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

He has been recognized with the César Chavez Leadership Award, the Spirit of Tlatelolco Public Service Award, theRosa Parks Diversity Community Award from the University of Colorado at Denver; the NEWSED Civil Rights Award, the Colorado Recycling Association’s Outstanding Elected Official; the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce’s Political Award; and as Public Official of the Year by the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008, Councilman López was named by 5280 Denver Magazine as one of “Colorado's most politically influential Latinos”.