Get to Know the Board

There are seven members on the Denver Board of Education. Five members are elected by voters within five geographic regions or districts while the other two members are elected at-large by voters across the entire city. Board members serve for four-year terms; these terms are staggered so no more than four board members are selected in any one election.

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Board of Education
Emily Griffith Campus
1860 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203


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Anne Rowe

Anne Rowe
District 1
Board President
Term: 2015-2019

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Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2015, Anne Rowe is honored to represent southeast Denver on the Denver School Board. She held the position of Vice President from 2013-2015 and also served as Treasurer.

Over the past 25 years, Anne has served on a number of nonprofit community boards that address the needs of Denver’s kids, including leadership positions with the Colorado Children’s Campaign, Girls Inc. and the Children’s Museum of Denver. Currently, she serves on the board of Summer Scholars.

Anne’s involvement at the school level began 16 years ago when she became part of the group of neighborhood parents who worked to re-open Slavens School. At Slavens, she served as PTA president, MSPA president and as a member of the CSC. Additionally, Anne was a founder and co-chair of Patriot Partners at George Washington High School.

In DPS, Anne has served as founding co-chair and executive board member of A+ Denver, co-chair of the DPS Advisory Committee on Immigration and Integration, and as a member of the Superintendent’s Parent Forum.

A Denver native, Anne is a small-business owner, with 20+ years in publishing and 10 years in the legal placement and concierge business. She is a graduate of Stanford University and earned her MBA at the University of Denver.

The Rowe Family lives in southeast Denver and includes Anne, her husband Frank and their daughters Kate, Tory and Biz. All three girls are graduates of Slavens K-8 and George Washington High School.


Barbara O’Brien
At Large
Vice President
Term: 2017 – 2021

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Barbara O’Brien is vice president of the Denver School Board.  She is also Senior Fellow for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national initiative to increase the number of third-graders who are reading at grade level. Prior to this, she was Lieutenant Governor of Colorado from 2007-2011, and president of the Colorado Children’s Campaign for sixteen years.

As a member of the school board, O’Brien helped develop the Early Literacy Plan 2020, co-chaired the committee that created the Early Literacy Roadmap that will link city and school district services for literacy and language development, co-sponsored a new district policy to​ ​reduce suspensions and expulsions in early education through third grade, and has worked to expand funding for social and emotional supports for students.

Lisa Flores

Lisa Flores
District 5
Term: 2015-2019

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Elected in 2015, Lisa Flores represents Denver Public Schools’ Region 5, which encompasses West, North, Downtown and part of Near Northeast Denver.

The granddaughter of migrant laborers, Lisa is a proud graduate of Denver East High School and the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in American Studies and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. A former Peace Corps volunteer (Ecuador 1994-96), Lisa has continued her commitment to volunteer community service by participating on numerous community boards, including the DPS Bond/Mill Community Advisory Committee and later the Mill Oversight Committee, Denver’s Road Home – Resource Allocation Committee, the Latina Initiative, NARAL Colorado, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Denver Housing Authority.  Currently, she is an appointed commissioner for the Denver Public Library.

For the past 25 years, Lisa has worked in the nonprofit, local government and philanthropic sectors. She spent nine years as a senior program officer for the Gates Family Foundation, leading the capital grants program and later an education initiative. Lisa began her career at Mi Casa Resource Center for Women and the Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council. From 1998-2003, she served as executive director of Denver Inner City Parish – a multi-generational, nonprofit community center that provides a variety of services and programs, including operation of a school in Near West Denver. She also served as senior staff for former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. While working for the City and County of Denver, from 2003-2006, Lisa was engaged in a wide variety of community development, social service and civic projects.

Lisa is married to Rick Tallman, a Gulf War-era veteran, who works in renewable energy. Together, they are helping to raise their nephew, Nahum, a student at Brown Elementary. Lisa’s stepdaughter, Emily, is a graduate of Denver School of the Arts.

Carrie Olson

Carrie A. Olson, PhD
District 3
Term: 2017 – 2021

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I am very excited to serve on the DPS Board of Education as I dedicated my entire adult life to teaching in Denver Public Schools. My 33 year career has included elementary, middle, and high school education. From 1985 – 1988, I worked at Mitchell Elementary School as a Grade 3 ELA-S teacher. From 1988-1989 I worked as a Grade 3 ELA-S teacher at Force Elementary School. From 1989 – 2000 I worked at Munroe Elementary School as a Grades 4 – 5 ELA-S teacher. From 2000 – 2014 I worked at Kepner Middle School where I taught Grades 6 – 8 in a variety of subjects including math, reading, English Language Acquisition, and a travel class. Since 2014 I taught at West Leadership Academy on the West Campus where I taught an advisory class as well as social studies in Spanish and English Language Development to students in Grades 6 – 12.

I received my B.A. in Elementary Education and Spanish from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in August 1985. I received my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis is Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Colorado at Denver in August 1990. I received my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Denver in August 2016. My dissertation, The Meaning of Educational Travel in the Lives of Urban Middle School Students: A Transformative Mixed Methods Study, examined quantitative data from DPS and qualitative data from interviews with former travelers and a focus group chaperones. In addition, I hold a Colorado Professional Master Teacher License and am a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist) since 1999. I am certified in English Language Arts, Social Studies, Linguistically Different (ESL), and Spanish.

From 2004 – 2014, I held the position of Executive Director for the Kepner Educational Excellence Program, a supporting nonprofit of Kepner Middle School. KEEP supported student educational travel at Kepner Middle School and provided mini grants for teachers to assist in building relationships and strengthening academic achievement. From 1993 – 2014, my team and I traveled with over 800 students from the Westwood neighborhood to Washington, DC and Europe. Since 2006 I am a Museum Teacher Fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and run conferences and seminars for teachers and professors regarding Holocaust and genocide education. Currently, I am working with the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Ministry of Education in El Salvador to train teachers in Holocaust and genocide education. In 2008, I began work with EF Tours as a Global Education Ambassador where I have trained teachers and have given talks on my dissertation.

My daughter Ekaterina (Katya) is a DPS graduate having attending Denison Montessori, Kepner Middle School and George Washington High School. She is a junior in college at Bryn Mawr. I am a northern Minnesota native and I love to canoe in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with Katya and my family. Other hobbies I enjoy when not working with my quirky adolescents, are reading while walking on my treadmill, traveling anywhere, skiing in the beautiful mountains of Colorado, and cooking vegan food for anyone willing to try it. In 2004, I fell in love with a rescued Belgian Draft mix horse named Nick at Nite who I now own. We are retired from jumping and enjoy trail riding through the beautiful open spaces in Franktown, Colorado.

Happy Haynes

Allegra “Happy” Haynes
Term: 2015-2019

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A native Denverite, Allegra attended Denver Public Schools and received a BA degree with honors from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York City. Her nickname, Happy, is derived from the Spanish translation of her first name, Allegra.

Happy was elected to the Board of Education in November 2011 and served as President from 2013-2015. Before that, she served as the Chief Community Engagement Officer for five and a half years for two superintendents. In her role at DPS, she was responsible for leading the district’s parent and community engagement efforts, creating collaborative partnerships and managing legislative and governmental affairs. Happy was recently appointed the Executive Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Denver.

Happy was the first African-American woman elected to the Denver City Council in 1990 where she served for 13 years, including two years as President of the Council from 1998 – 2000. Happy’s experience in state and local government also includes 17 years in the executive branches of government. She served as an administrative aide for two Denver mayors, a former councilman and a former Lt. Governor. Happy worked for several years as a facilitator with the National Civic League serving various communities in Colorado and throughout the United States.

Her civic involvement includes serving on the boards of the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, City Park Jazz and the Stapleton Development Corporation. She was a founding board member of the Mile High Youth Corps and the Foundation for Educational Excellence and has served on numerous other non-profit boards. Happy completed two years of law school at the University of Denver and received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is also a graduate of Leadership Denver, the Denver Community Leadership Forum, the Rocky Mountain Program and the State and Local Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jennfier Bacon

Jennifer Bacon
District 4
Term: 2017-2021

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As a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, Jennifer has committed her career to advancing opportunities through education. Whether through serving as the board chair of a parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos, facilitating “Know Your Rights” trainings for students, or developing educators on how to engage and make change civically, Jennifer lives out her belief that the best decisions are those made by those most impacted. From a young age, Jennifer’s family instilled in her the belief that education is freedom, and set her on a path to earn a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Florida International University, and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Tulane University. Jennifer is proud to have been elected in November 2017 to represent District 4.

Angela Cobian

Angela Cobián
District 2
Term: 2017 – 2021

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Angela Cobián is a first-generation Mexican-American from southwest Denver. Cobián was elected in November 2017 to represent her community of District 2. The first in her family to graduate from college, Angela Cobián attended The Colorado College. Cobián graduated with a Bachelors in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish in 2011.She earned the Fred Sondermann Award in Political Science and membership in the Pi Gamma Mu Honors Society. Angela then returned to her hometown to teach 2nd and 3rd grade Literacy for English Language Acquisition-Spanish students in Denver Public Schools. Cobián concurrently earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2013, Cobián was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to consult with the NGO Ensena por Mexico on program development for student-led social change initiatives, as well as teach English at the National Pedagogical University in Mexico City.

Upon returning from Mexico, Cobián returned to the school she taught at as a Bilingual Community Organizer with Together Colorado, an affiliate of the PICO National Network. In this role, she co-lead school and congregation-based organizing with parents and parishioners, working on immigration and education issues. Angela continues her work in collective action as the Manager of Organizing Strategy for Denver and Memphis with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE). In recognition of her work in the community, Cobián was awarded the Denver Foundation’s Swanee Hunt Emerging Leader Award in 2017.

In her volunteer time, Angela is a member of The Colorado College Alumni Association Board and CC Alumni and Students of Color Association. She has previously volunteered with the Denver Foundation, Chinook Fund, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. Cobián is also a former trustee of the Colorado College, and served on the Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) for the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy. Outside of work and volunteering, Cobián enjoys reading, politics, history, listening to jazz and cumbia-punk music, as well as visiting the Denver Art Museum.