Benita Duran is a 5th generation Colorado native raised in Pueblo. She has lived in and been an engaged member of the Boulder community for over 25 years. She is a proud parent of a son, Miles, who was born in Boulder at BCH, educated in the BVSD schools and entering his third year at the University of Puget Sound.
Benita is the owner of Duran Consulting and for the past two years has been the Project Director of the Latino Cultural Arts Center, a multidisciplinary facility which will be located in Denver, near Mile High Stadium.
Expertise in community engagement and public affairs -
Assistant to Denver Mayor Federico Pena early in her professional career
Project administrator and assistant city manager serving in the Boulder city manager’s office for nine years
V.P. and Director of Governmental Affairs at CH2M Hill
Director of community engagement for bond-funded projects for Denver Public Schools
Small business owner focused on urban core redevelopment projects for social impact
B.A. Degree in Economic and Public Affairs, University of Denver
Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Colorado
Knowledgeable about Boulder community and non-profits -
Chair and Trustee of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County (2001- 2008)
Member of the Boulder Community Health Board of Directors, since 2014
Advisory Board Member of National History Day Colorado
Former Member of the following Boards: Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, YWCA of Boulder, Family Learning Center, Attention Homes, Intercambio de Comunidades, and The Watershed School.
Served on Boulder Task Forces — Boulder’s Construction Impact Fees Working Group; BVSD Parent Council and Bond Oversight Committee. Founding Member - Boulder Latino Task Force.
She has international, regional, state and metro expertise.
Member of Colorado Economic Development Commission since 2016
Member of Colorado 20th Judicial District Nominating Commission since 2015
Past Board Member, International City & County Management Association (ICMA)
Directed municipal business development efforts in the Southwest region for CH2MHill
Former Chair, Mi Casa Resource Center of Denver
Former Co-Chair, Mayor Hickenlooper’s Greenprint Denver Committee