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Albus Brooks is the current City Council Representative for Council District 9 representing NE Denver. He is also the former President of Denver City Council, serving from July 2016 to July 2018.
Community service and leadership have long been part of Albus Brooks’ identity. He moved from California to Colorado in 1997 to study at the University of Colorado in Boulder and play football for the Colorado Buffs. Before his time in the political arena, Albus dedicated his life to working with young people in Denver’s urban neighborhoods. He has worked in the NE Denver community for the past 18 years. Part of that time includes serving as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership (ICUL), an organization that invests in emerging leaders throughout Denver. After ICUL in 2010, Albus Brooks helped then-Mayor John Hickenlooper get elected Governor of Colorado, acting as his Outreach and Political Director, managing field and constituency outreach operations.
In 2011, Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on City Council where he represented the Great District 8. An eclectic yet disconnected district, Councilman Brooks campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. In 2015, Councilman Brooks ran for a second term against two other opponents and won his race by a commanding 68% of the votes, which has helped him continue his mission of connecting grass roots to the grass tops. The new district boundaries now placed Councilman Brooks in District 9.
Albus Brooks has been a proud representative of Denver City Council for seven years. Since taking office in 2011 Councilman Brooks has sponsored policies that have had an incredible impact on his community. These policies are helping to further his goal of creating further economic opportunities for residents of District 9, preserving the distinct culture and diversity of this district. Providing positive futures and chances for Denver’s young people is what Councilman Brooks is most passionate about.
Education and economic opportunity are an important issue to Councilman Brooks. In 2015 he sponsored a bill to increase the sales tax for the Denver Preschool Program. This program impacts 4,370 4-yr-olds students with a tuition credit of $10.9 million per year.
Councilman Brooks also sponsored a bill to decriminalize possession of marijuana by anyone under 21 years old. This bill has prevented thousands of young people from being carried through the criminal justice system.
In the summer of 2016 Councilman Brooks was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. After overcoming his malignant 15-pound tumor, Councilman Brooks was elected as the new City Council President by his peers and began his first term as President of City Council. In July 2017, he was elected to serve a second term as President of City Council. His resilient spirit comes from his family and his faith, both of which helped him overcome his second bout with cancer in May of 2018. His love for Denver gives him the energy and strength to continue to build an inclusive city, working hard to implement policies that provide affordable housing, economic opportunities, and inclusive growth.
As a means of addressing the affordable housing crisis in Denver, City Council created an Affordable Housing Fund, co-sponsored by Council President Brooks. These new fees and taxes will generate over $150 million in funds over the course of 10 years. This is the largest housing fund in the state and the first in Denver.
Currently, Councilman Brooks is working towards improving infrastructure gaps in his district and rehabilitating neighborhoods that have systematically been the result of biased infrastructure. This year he advocated for and passed through City Council the city’s largest bond pedestrian/bicycle improvement package with $150 million dedicated to pedestrian/bicycle improvements.
Councilman Brooks is always working on enhancing his leadership opportunities. Some of these include receiving his Master of Business Administration at the Daniels School of Business University of Denver, along with participating in a few fellowship programs:
- The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship: a Public Leadership program which seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore the relationship between individuals and their community and the responsibilities of public leadership.
- The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF): the flagship leadership development program for the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States. This program was created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, it now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations.
- The NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders): a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local leaders working to expand opportunity for all Americans in the changing economy.
Although a growing global leader, it is District 9 in Northeast Denver where Albus feels most at home. He lives in the socioeconomically diverse Cole neighborhood with his wife Debi and their three young children, Makai, Kenya and Kaya, and their new dog, Cali. When he’s not in the community engaging with constituents he loves riding bikes with his family around Denver, cheering on the Buffs and Broncos and snowboarding in the mountains.
- REAL Talk: Advancing Local Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color
Thursday, November 8, 2018 3:30 pm Convention Center, Room 515B