About Shontel

I am called to represent District B on RTD’s Board of Directors and use my knowledge of the transit industry and the skills I have developed to bring our neighborhoods to the table by building bridges between communities that have felt voiceless and invisible to RTD. I want to ensure that all constituents are heard and seen as true partners whose livelihood is dependent on the success of public transportation in our district.

For over 14 years, I have worked across disciplines including public transportation, public education, economic development, and youth leadership through agencies and community organizations. These sectors often overlap, but each are siloed and miss opportunities for collaboration.

I will represent my neighbors in District B with hard work and the connections I have made to break down those silos that hinder any large organization from delivering on its mission to serve the public. Welcome and thank you for visiting my website!


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My Experience and Qualifications

As a former RTD employee, I served as the Transit Equity Specialist fighting to ensure the best outcomes for communities of color and low-income families. As a former RTD employee, I understand the priorities and opportunities for improvement and have built strong internal and external partnership that allow the opportunity to build the bridges necessary to elevate voices.

I serve as an Associate Director for Community Engagement Strategy and Advocacy, where I have the opportunity to lead a team in our mission to better support our parents, students and our communities to leverage our power to elevate their voices in decision that  impact their lives.

I serve on the board of Radian|Placematters, a local nonprofit with a mission to advocate for a city in which community engagement and empowerment is centered at the heart of the design and planning process. Our work as a community design center, Radian | Placematters provides guidance for individuals, organizations and neighborhoods to actively participate in creating healthy and sustainable communities. Our projects include the Beloved Community Village, a tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness. Check out our work here!

I successfully completed a 2 year-long program with the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership. This afforded me the opportunity to walk alongside a team of phenomenally incredible women serving and leading in the Historic Five Points. The completion of the Leadership for Healthy Community Design centered in the improvement of the health outcomes through the evaluation and exploration of the impacts of the build environment, by building the capacity of Colorado communities to lead, plan and execute healthy community design initiatives or projects.

I served on the Community Think Tank for the Denveright process, a community-driven planning process that challenges us to shape how we want to evolve in four key areas: land use, mobility, parks, and recreational resources.

Mayoral Appointee of the Denver Women’s Commission, a commission dedicated to the promotion of social, economic and the political quality of life in Denver by assisting women in the attainment of equality and full opportunity by:

  • Advocating for women
  • Empowering women through coalition building
  • Disseminating information and sharing community resources
  • Monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting women


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