Council At Large
Robin Kniech was elected in 2011. She was raised in the Midwest by working-class parents and learned the value of community and hard work early in life. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drake University and as a Public Interest Scholar from Northeastern University School of Law, working throughout her education and funding the rest with scholarships and loans. Robin is an inactive member of the Colorado Bar.
Robin has dedicated her life to supporting communities and making our city and region a better place for middle class families and those struggling to make ends meet. Robin’s qualifications include nearly 20 years of policy experience in the non-profit and public sectors ranging from women’s rights, affordable housing, economic justice, and quality jobs. Prior to her election, Robin served as the Program Director for a metro Denver non-profit organization focused on ensuring that public investments in development and transit build sustainable communities that benefit residents of all incomes. She has been a champion for transparency and community involvement in government decisions, and she expanded public comment in City Council policy debates during her first year in office.
Robin is a champion for multi-modal transportation and served as a founding appointee to the Denver Union Station Project Authority. The Authority delivered the $477 million multi-modal transit hub for FasTracks and paved the way for $1 billion of private investment in a new community surrounding Denver’s historic Union Station, including affordable housing that Robin championed. Her leadership on multi-modal transportation continues as one of Denver’s representatives to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.
On the City Council, Robin has achieved budget amendments to expand funding for child care and affordable housing, passed improvements to Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, and led a zoning change that expanded access to fresh produce and cottage foods in Denver neighborhoods. She is a champion for the creation of a dedicated source of funding for affordable housing, especially for the housing the homeless, as well as for improving Denver’s low rate of recycling through improved recycling and expanded composting services.
Robin was recognized as the Professional Woman of the Year by Denver’s Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in 2014, and as Lawmaker of the Year in 2012 by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Denver’s Women’s Commission. Robin is the first out member of the LGBT community to serve on the Denver City Council, and she is the mom of a young son.