“DURA exists to foster the redevelopment and rehabilitation of blighted properties in Denver. I believe DURA’s commitment to create and maintain safe, prosperous, and healthy neighborhoods includes a responsibility towards continued development and preservation of affordable housing throughout the city. Denver is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis that is impacting the re-segregation of our public schools and the lack of housing affordability for our teachers. Denver must become more creative and aggressive in meeting the demands of our affordable housing crisis. DURA has the power to incentivize and advocate for the development of more affordable housing. I joined this board to be part of that effort.”
Lisa Flores, appointed by the DPS Board of Education to DURA’s Board of Commissioners, has worked in the nonprofit, local government and philanthropic sectors for the past 25 years. Prior to her current role with DPS, she served as a senior program officer for the Gates Family Foundation, leading the capital grants program and education funding initiative. Earlier in her career, she led the Denver Inner City Parish, a human-service nonprofit community center, and worked for former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper as senior staff, contributing to a wide-range of community development, social service and civic projects for the City and County of Denver. In addition to Peace Corps service, Flores has served on numerous community boards, including the Latina Initiative, NARAL Colorado, Children’s Museum of Denver, Denver Housing Authority, and the Denver Public Library.