ANTHONY E. GRAVES
Principal, GRAVES CIVIC SOLUTIONS, LLC (Economic development and Public Affairs Consultant)
MBA, International Business, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver BA, History, DePauw University Certificate in Economic Development, Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute
Volunteer and Donor, Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate, 2020 Volunteer and Donor, BIDEN for President, National African American Kitchen Cabinet, 2020 Co-Chair, State Platform Committee, Colorado Democratic Party, 2020 Volunteer and Donor, Hancock for Denver Mayoral Campaign, 2019 State Central Committee, Colorado Democratic Party, 2019-2020 Donor, Jared Polis for Governor, 2018 Presidential Elector, Colorado's 1st Congressional District, Electoral College of the United States, 2012 Democratic National Committeeman for Colorado ("Super Delegate"), 2009 - 2016 - Vice Chair of the DNC Western Caucus - Western Region Director, DNC Black Caucus - Resolutions Committee Obama National Voting Delegate, 2008
2020 Denver Complete Count Committee, U.S. Census Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation (Chairman of the Board, Executive Committee, Board Development Committee, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Finance Committee and Compensation Committee) Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors, Affiliate Member) The University of Colorado at Denver (Chancellor Search Committee) The University of Denver (Advisor to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees and Student Affairs Committee) Highline Canal Conservancy (Board of Directors) Denver Regional Council of Governments (Board of Directors and Executive Search Committee) French American Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors) Rotary Club of Five Points (Charter President) Five Points Business District (Founding Chairman of the Board) City Club of Denver (Executive Committee) Utility Consumer Board, State of Colorado (Appointed by the Governor) Denver Community Health Services Board (Appointed by the Mayor) Denver Homeless Commission The Colfax Marathon (Board of Directors) Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Xi Rho Chapter DePauw University and Denver Alumni Chapter)
I have spent the last decade of my career as a public affairs executive advocating for numerous policy and civic issues. Most recently, I spent the last seven years as a Mayoral Appointee in the City and County of Denver in the Hancock Administration. I served as the Director of Regional Affairs, the Mayor's liaison to all local governments across Colorado and then as the Director of External Affairs for Economic Development. Prior to my time in local government, I worked as the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Denver's tourism industry and regularly traveled the state visiting with regional tourism interests or advocating for tourism issues at the capitol.
I am a student of our democratic process and enjoy learning about our democracy. I feel a responsibility to encourage others to get involved. Serving on the Redistricting Commission would expose me to an area of elections that I have not previously been involved in. Coincidentally, I have been involved in the planning of the last two Census cycles through Denver’s Complete Count Committee. It would be fascinating to see how our Census impacts the redistricting process.
I have over a decade of professional experience working with diverse political interests (Republicans, Democrats and Independents) to build coalitions and explore policy synergies. I have also traveled to numerous counties across Colorado and have been active in Democratic Party politics for several years. I believe I have the experience, objectivity and communication skills to be helpful on the Redistricting Commission. I am also a proud Coloradan and spent my childhood on the Western Slope before moving to Denver around the time I started the 4th Grade. I also come from a family with diverse ideological interests that are registered in both political parties. I believe the breadth of my personal, professional and political experiences will allow me to see each commissioner's perspective with a unique lens. I am confident that I will be able to engage in a respectful dialogue with all of the commissioners as we work through the difficult task of redistricting.
Over the course of my entire career, I have had to rely on my ability to analyze data, assess facts and piece together solutions. my analytical skills were honed in the private sector working in the IT and telecommunications industry where all of my teams were data driven. My skills were further advanced though policy work as a public affairs executive over the last decade. I enjoy a great challenge and rely on teamwork to achieve solutions.