Allegra "Happy" Haynes
Allegra "Happy" Haynes was elected in November 2011 to the Denver Public Schools Board of Education and is Vice President of the Board. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Community Engagement Officer for the District for five and a half years. She is currently the Director of Civil and Community Engagement at CRL Associates, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Happy is a Denver native and her nickname is derived from the Spanish translation of her first name, Allegra. She attended Denver Public Schools and received her undergraducate degree in Political Science from Barnard College at Columbia University and a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver. Within a career spanning 30 years in state and local government, Happy served 13 years on the Denver City Council from 1990 - 2003 and was President from 1998 - 2000.
She currently chairs the Colorado Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land, is a member of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Stapleton Development Corporation and City Park Jazz. Ms. Haynes was a founding member of the Mile High Youth Corps, Colorado Black Women for Political Action and the Foundation for Human Excellence. She previously served on Colorado Children's Campaign board, the Colorado State Parks board, Greenprint Denver, the Colorado chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Denver Welfare Reform Board, She is single, an avid jazz fan and enjoys gardening, science fiction, basketball, golf and outdoor sports.