About the COB

The COB is responsible for assessing whether the Office of the Independent Monitor is effectively performing its duties, making recommendations regarding policy and training issues, and addressing issues of concern to the community and other interested stakeholders. The COB will meet at least quarterly in public with the Executive Director of Safety, the Chief of Police, and the Sheriff and will conduct at least three meetings annually for public comment. The members of the Citizen Oversight Board are:

 

Julia Richman, Chair

Julia Richman, Chair, currently serves as the Senior Vice Chancellor for Operations and Strategy Implementation, where she aligns DU’s leadership model with proven best practices to support the institution’s strategic vision. Julia has experience overseeing large institutions as they optimize operations excellence. She was named Outstanding Woman in Business by the Denver Business Journal in 2022, was a Colorado Governors fellow and graduate of Leadership Denver. Previously, Julia served as Deputy Executive Director of the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer for the City of Boulder and a Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting. Richman was born and raised in Colorado’s metro area. She also sits on the boards for the Colfax Marathon and her Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO). She received her MPP from the University of Chicago and AB from Dartmouth College.

Nicholas Webber, Vice-Chair

Nicholas Webber is a supervising attorney at the Denver Trial Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, where he has worked since 2014. As a Deputy Public Defender, Nicholas works to protect the constitutional rights, liberties and dignity of indigent people accused of committing crimes. Nicholas has worked on all types of cases in his tenure at the public defender’s office, from misdemeanor traffic offenses to homicides and violent crimes.

Nicholas is a Denver native, but left Colorado to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Boston University. After college, he worked with low-income families at a Jesuit school in Ecuador before earning his law degree from Santa Clara University. Prior to becoming a public defender, Nicholas worked at the Watsonville Law Center Legal Aid Clinic in California, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow advocating for migrant worker rights. He also interned with the Santa Cruz California Public Defender’s Office and served as a board member for the Pajaro Valley Women’s Shelter. 

Karen Collier

Karen Collier retired from public service in 2009, having worked in the Denver District Court as a court stenographer for 30 years. Since then, she has worked as an Alpine Ski Instructor in Winter Park and Granby, instructing differently-abled and abled-bodied youth and adults in Alpine skiing and as a tennis instructor with Denver Citywide Sports.

Karen is committed to social justice work in Colorado, having worked with the Chinook Fund, Out4Life Colorado, delivering HIV prevention services to the African-American communities in the Denver Metro area, The Center, volunteering with Rainbow Alley; its LGBTQ youth outreach program, and One Colorado as a co-chair for the People of Color Caucus.   In addition to the appointment to the Citizens Oversight Board, she sits on the Board of The Center for Trauma and Resilience and is a co-chair of Park Hill Congregational UCC's partnership with the Women's Homelessness Initiative; a program of the Capital Hill United Ministries, providing daily shelter to women who are homeless in Colorado.

David Martinez

David Martinez is a first-generation college graduate. He attended Colorado State University where he majored in Political Science. He is a proud Chicano organizer who grew up in the Westside of Denver. David has participated in, and has been critical of, our legal and political institutions in meeting the material and spiritual needs of communities. He is interested in continuing to fight alongside the most vulnerable folks in their battle for justice. He has come to understand that the best way to tackle our catastrophes is through mobilized and organized efforts. La unión hace la fuerza!

Currently, David is a research and program manager at Ednium: The Alumni Collective. Ednium's mission is to mobilize public school alumni as a powerful force to change the way cities educate and reinvest in its homegrown talent.

During his organizing work, David has helped organize brown and black folks who maneuver our differing institutions in their path for liberation in genuine manners. He helped organize and facilitate the first Colorado Latino Political forum for U.S Congressional District 8. He also worked with the UCLA Latino Public Policy Institute to create a Latino lens for Proposition FF (Healthy School Meals For All). David understands the importance that education plays in any social movement, especially in the liberation movement that marginalized communities are currently undergoing. David's lived experience is the root for wanting to advance the struggle of the Chicano movement. He is thankful to stand on the shoulders of giants, and is looking forward to reaching the mountaintop that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about. ¡QUE VIVA LA RAZA!

Larry Martinez

Larry Martinez is a proud native-born Coloradan, raised in the inner city of Denver. He has been an active community member all his life. As a youth Larry performed anti-drug theater with the West Side Drug-Free Youth Team and worked with several community groups on cultural awareness and professional development. Larry has worked with Denver Inner City Parish (a secular human services organization, known as DICP) for 20 years. During that time, he directed youth out-of-school time programs, food pantries, senior-citizens' programs, community dinners, gift distributions, and sober living facilities. 

Larry is currently Executive Director of Denver Inner City Parish and a former director of DICP at College View, a Denver Parks and Rec center operated by DICP for 9 years. Larry also serves on the board of NEWSED CDC. He is married and a proud father of four wonderful children.

Alfredo Reyes

Alfredo Reyes is the proud son of Mexican immigrants and a proud Denverite born-and-raised on the Westside. He is a graduate of Denver Public Schools and the recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, which funded 10 years of undergraduate and graduate studies. Alfredo earned a B.A. from The Colorado College in Political Science and Spanish. He received a professional certificate in Mediation at the University of Denver before achieving an M.A. in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice from the CU Boulder, School of Education, and then spending three years in a doctoral program at UC Santa Cruz in Education Research.  

Alfredo is currently the Executive Director of the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC), a project he helped conceptualize that integrates social impact with economic empowerment to the benefit of artists, educators, youth, and families. He also presently serves as the Co-Chair of the Commission of Cultural Affairs at Denver Arts and Venues. His expertise spans fundraising, pedagogy, politics, real estate activation, youth development and community-building, among others. 

With his free time, Alfredo loves to ride his Bianchi road bike, travel (to over 15 countries so far!), cook, create art, and spend time with his loved ones.

Stefan Stein

Stefan Stein is the Chief Executive Officer of Sherman & Howard, Denver’s oldest law firm. He represents clients in complex litigation, internal investigations, and government investigations and enforcement matters. Stefan previously served as Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Qwest Communications where he led a global ethics and compliance program for over 30,000 employees. He also served as a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles for seven years where he was the Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption & Government Fraud unit.

Stefan has been actively involved in community service throughout his legal career. Stefan formerly served as a Board member and the Vice Chair of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, which is a fiscal sponsor for over 60 charitable organizations in Colorado. In addition, Stefan was previously a Board member and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Jewish Community Center of Denver. He was also a longtime Board member as well as the Interim CEO and Board Chair of Urban Peak, a nonprofit organization that provides a convergence of services to homeless youth and youth at risk of becoming homeless.

Stefan holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Tymesha Watkins

Tymesha Watkins is a native of Denver and an accredited software engineer, serial entrepreneur, and activist. She is passionate about working with our youth and providing opportunities for them to explore STEM fields. She is also a passionate advocate for racial equality and developing platforms that normalize diverse and inclusive environments.

Tymesha is a member of Denver’s African American Commission and an active participant in several other organizations, including and the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Professional Engineers, Organization of Black Aerospace/Aviation Professionals, and the NAACP.

She holds a Master’s of Science Cyber Technologies from University of Maryland University College, Master’s of Science Information Technologies from Regis University, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Management Technologies from Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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