Amber Giauque Anderson named Executive Director of Children's Affairs

Published on June 08, 2021

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced the appointment of Amber Giauque Anderson as Executive Director of the Office of Children’s Affairs (OCA). As Executive Director, Anderson will oversee the development of strategies and partnerships to ensure all of Denver’s children and youth have access to critical services, including nutritious food, high-quality childcare and afterschool programs, pathways to post-secondary education and careers, and youth violence prevention.

“Amber’s passion for supporting Denver’s children and youth runs deep, and that passion makes her a perfect fit to take on this role,” Mayor Hancock said. “Now more than ever, our kids deserve the supports they need to have a bright future, and Amber, at the helm of the Office of Children’s Affairs, is ready to do just that.”

The Office of Children’s Affairs supports Denver agencies, the community and service providers in achieving three major goals, which are to ensure that all children and youth have their basic needs met, are ready for kindergarten and have the opportunity to succeed academically and professionally. The office is also the lead agency for the city’s youth violence prevention efforts, including the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table to increase communication and information sharing among city agencies, community organizations, and youth to address gaps and opportunities where the city can increase support. The Action Table is charged with developing a public health approach to youth violence prevention.

Anderson has served as interim Executive Director of the office since February, following the departure Dionne Williams to join the Colorado Department of Local Affairs as Deputy Executive Director, and as Deputy Director of Children’s Affairs since September 2019. During her time with the office, Anderson has worked to implement and execute OCA’s strategic priorities, as outlined in the Strategic Framework; direct, plan and oversee the office’s strategic and long-range goals, including the organization’s operational policies, objectives and initiatives; and facilitate stakeholders, convene and connect with partners, build partnerships to deliver programs and provide fiduciary oversight once programs are implemented.

“Ensuring that our children have everything they need to thrive, especially after the year they’ve had to experience, is one of my top priorities,” Anderson said. “I’m honored to be appointed to this position by Mayor Hancock, and I look forward to working with our community and Denver Public Schools to improve outcomes for every child in Denver.”

Prior to joining the Office of Children’s Affairs, Anderson, a George Washington High School graduate, served as Associate Director of Public Affairs for Denver Public Schools (DPS), where she oversaw community engagement, strategically aligned high-impact, externally facing opportunities and resources to more deeply serve the community in matters of public education, and engaged in all district matters of equity and inclusion both internally and externally. She has also undertaken several positions within the school district, including Director of School Community Development and Change Management and Senior Manager of Regional Community Engagement. Before joining DPS, Anderson was a Program Director for Denver Urban Scholars, where she led all program and curriculum development and implementation for middle school, high school and college scholars.

Anderson served in the administration of former Mayor John Hickenlooper in a variety of roles, including Director of Neighborhood Affairs (July 2006 – July 2007), Deputy Legislative Director (July 2007 – May 2010) and Executive Director of Denver’s Road Home, transitioning into the Hancock Administration (May 2010 – February 2012). Before joining the Hickenlooper Administration, Anderson served as a senior analyst for then-City Council members Kathleen MacKenzie (2000-2004) and Doug Linkhart (2005-2006) managing neighborhood concerns in collaboration with city agencies, nonprofits and businesses, overseeing constituent services, council offices and district council offices, and addressing community matters, including numerous strategic planning efforts, among other duties.  

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