As a Denver native, Kim Desmond was raised in the Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado where she graduated from Manual High School. Kim has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit and government sector within the field of diversity, inclusion, racial equity work, and early childhood development.
Kim holds multiple degrees, including a Bachelor’s in Sociology from Fort Hays State University, Master’s in Community Counseling from Fort Hays State University, Master’s in Education Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Denver, and an Early Childhood Leadership certification from the University of Denver.
She currently works at the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships with the City and County of Denver as the Director to the Denver Office of Equity and Social Innovation. Her direct oversight includes leading a Race and Social Justice Initiative under Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Equity Platform and serving as the Staff Liaison to two Mayoral appointed commissions.
Her passion entails advocating for all intersects (across gender, racial, ethnic, economic, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity etc.) to eliminate barriers to employment, equity in pay, health care, education, housing and other systemic issues impacting access to an overall quality of life. She serves on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Health Equity Commission, Denver Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee, and Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s board as a trustee.