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Denver African American Commission
Jonathan McMillan is first and foremost a proud father and husband with a passion for empowering Denver’s most vulnerable and underserved populations. As a third generation Denverite he believes he has a duty to ensure there is authentic representation and inclusion of his community in every part of the safety plans, economic development, education equity and overall prosperity of our City.
He recently served the City and County of Denver’s office of Public Safety as gang intervention specialist. In this role he mentored current and former gang members. He also co-facilitated the “Safe Summer Safe Eastside Project” which resulted in no gang related deaths in the 80205 area during the 2017 summer break and he assisted in the implementation of the Safe Haven Project which provided immediate community support in the aftermath of gang related violence.
Jonathan is currently very involved with My Brother’s Keeper – Denver (MBK), an initiative launched by President Obama. He is also an active participant and facilitator in ongoing roundtables and forums called Kids & Cops : Bridging the Gap, designed by the City of Denver’s Office of Independent Monitor, intent on improving the relationship between young people of color and law enforcement.
In 2018 he was elected as the chairman of the Denver African American Commission where he works to be an authentic advocate for disenfranchised citizens by crafting programs and recommending legislation for the mayor to back. Additionally, Jonathan also sits on Near Northeast Trauma Informed Practices Committee and on the advisory boards of Park Hill Strong and Steps To Success, two youth violence prevention projects partnered with University of Colorado and Center for Disease Control.
He has been honored as one of Denver Spectrum Magazine’s 2016 African Americans Who Make a Difference ,one the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative – Denver 25 top contributors and was a recipient of the Wellington and Wilma Webb Legacy & Leadership Award from the Urban Leadership Foundation.
- 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