Veronica's Impact



Years Serving communities


Community awards


community boards served on


I have worked in Civil Rights issues my entire life. Growing up in West Denver, I was part of the Chicano Movement that fought for equity in Denver. As the leader of NEWED CDC, I started the Civil Rights Awards, which creates a space for us to celebrate those in our community that continue to work towards fairness in our society.

As the Co-Chair of the Colorado Latino Forum, we have championed criminal justice reform, fair housing, and most recently reached a $600,000 settlement with the Colorado Department of Transportation. This settlement will create a first of its kind study that will take a look at the comprehensive health impacts of multiple sources of pollution in North Denver. - Veronica Barela

I worked with Veronica to support Minority and Women owned businesses when I was Mayor and also to strengthen Business Support Offices for numerous neighborhood commercial corridors. I believe she has shown a deep and broad commitment to our community.
- Federico Pena, Former Mayor of Denver