Allegra “Happy” Haynes knows the Denver Public Schools (DPS) system better than most – she attended Denver’s East High School before graduating from Barnard College at Columbia University. Happy served as Chief Community Engagement Officer for two superintendents at DPS and led parent and community engagement. In 2011, she was elected to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. But Happy also knows Denver, the challenges of leadership, and how to get things done in our city. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Denver City Council and served for 13 years – 2 of which she served as President of the Council. She has worked for two Denver mayors (Peña and Hickenlooper), a former Lt. Governor, and a former councilman. Her background includes 17 years of experience in state and local government.
During the past several years, Happy has demonstrated her leadership on the DPS Board of Education. She is a solutions-oriented thinker and has consistently put the interests of Denver students above all else.
If re-elected, Happy will continue her efforts to:
- Close the achievement gap so that every child, regardless of background, can succeed;
- Support and intervene in struggling schools with effective strategies; and
- Increase parent, student, and community engagement.
Happy is a very active member of the community. She serves on the boards of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and the Stapleton Development Corporation. She was also a founding board member of Mile High Youth Corps and the Foundation for Educational Excellence.She has earned the enthusiastic endorsement of our parent-led endorsement committee because of her deep commitment to Denver students and academic excellence. We know she will continue that service and leadership as President of DPS Board of Education.
You can follow Happy on the campaign trail here.