National Action Council Bio: Anthony Aragon
Anthony Aragon joined the Office of Mayor Michael Hancock in August, 2011 as the Director of Boards & Commissions. He manages over 130 different civic boards and commissions and makes recommendations to Mayor Michael Hancock who to appoint to the various boards & commissions. Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Anthony worked for the State of Colorado as a member of Governor John Hickenlooper’s transition team and helped coordinate the Governor’s inaugural events. On January 11, 2011 he was named Chief of Staff to First Lady Helen Thorpe. Anthony also served as Governor John Hickenlooper’s GLBT Liaison. Prior to that, he worked at the Mayor’s Agency for Human Rights & Community Relations (HRCR) as the Director of the Denver Office on Aging & Community Relations on August 18, 2008. Previously, he was the Director of Boards & Commissions for Mayor John Hickenlooper and also served as the Mayor’s Director of Scheduling for several years.
Anthony is a Denver native and has been a proud member of Denver’s GLBT community for over 25 years. He is a long-time Democratic activist having worked for former Mayor Federico Pena, Governor Roy Romer and Ambassador Swanee Hunt. He has also been honored as the Colorado Pride Guide 2005 Coloradan of the Year and the 2006 Colorado Business Council Professional Man of the Year. Some of Anthony’s civic engagement includes serving as a Commissioner on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, having been appointed by Governor Bill Ritter in July, 2007. Anthony was also on the board of One Colorado and is a past President of the Board of Directors for Equal Rights Colorado. Anthony lives with his partner of 16 years, David Westman & their doggies Andale & Arriba in Stapleton.