Denver City Councilman Paul D. López began as a community organizer working in Denver’s Westside to protect affordable housing and increase access to public health care. As a labor organizer, he brought thousands of Denver-area janitors and their families to the bargaining table. Elected in 2007 to the Denver City Council, López became the youngest Councilman to take the oath of office and was re-elected for his second and third terms unopposed.
His passionate leadership has spurred civic participation, ushering in the long-overdue community revitalization of West Denver's outdated streets and bridges, creating new parkland, replacing liquor stores with grocery stores, and combating poverty with the creation of affordable housing, local jobs and library access. Now in his third term, he is the senior-ranking member of the council and completed an elected term as President Pro-Tem in 2016.
Nationally, López served on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and was featured by the White House as an emerging leader. His work continues to be featured by major media outlets throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.