I believe we deserve to live in a community that has smart economic growth, jobs that lead to careers, and a beautiful neighborhood where the quality of life supports our family's health and well-being. I have over two decades of successful business and community service experience, recognized locally and nationally, and committed to making sure our community is represented on all issues affecting our quality of life.
I am a fourth generation Coloradan, born and raised in Brush, Colorado with Spanish, Mexican, and Greek heritage. I moved to Denver in 1989 and earned my Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology and Chemistry from Metropolitan State College of Denver. As a Colorado Trust Fellow, I graduated summa cum laude from Regis University with a Master of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management.
I met my husband, Scott Gilmore in a Denver park teaching children how to fish in 1994. Scott and I have been homeowners in Montbello for the past 19 years and have three amazing children, Sterling-20, Samantha-18, and Serenity-12. Over the past decade our children have all attended Marrama Elementary School in Green Valley Ranch, where we have been active parents serving on the Collaborate School Committee (CSC).
For the past 20 years, I have been very involved in the Far Northeast community. In 1996, sitting around our kitchen table, Scott and I co-founded the nonprofit, Environmental Leaming for Kids (ELK). ELK cultivates a passion for science, leadership, and service in a diverse community of learners. In 2014, ELK was nationally recognized by the White House with the Champion of Change award for engaging and educating our youth about science and the outdoors, introducing them to careers, and supporting them during their transition from high school to college.
In 2008, working with other community members, we founded the Registered Neighborhood Organization, Montbello 2020. I have served since its inception as a co-chair, with Ms. Ann White. I have served for the past two years on the Denver Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee, in addition to volunteering with other organizations.
I am honored and humbled to be the Councilwoman for Denver City Council District 11. I love our community!
Magen Elenz grew up as a child of two military parents and lived in many different places. She considers Central Texas her home and graduated in International Relations from the University of Texas at Austin. She recently graduated with a master's degree from the University of Denver in International Security and Homeland Security. In her free time she enjoys traveling, playing volleyball and reading. In the District 11 Council Office, Magen leads office & budget management, community outreach & communications, legislation & policy, and office projects. Reach Magen at Magen.Elenz@denvergov.org.
Melissa Sotelo grew up in Montbello and graduated class of 2008 “Go Warriors!”. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a focus in Criminal Justice and two minors in Ethnic Studies, and Peace and Reconciliation Studies at Colorado State University. Melissa has a passion for her community and is proud to be working for the District she was raised in. In the District 11 Office, Melissa handles constituent services, community outreach, scheduling, and other special projects. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, attending spoken word events, and trying new things in and around Denver. Contact Melissa at Melissa.Sotelo@denvergov.org
Dondre Smallwood grew up in the Far Northeast community, specifically the Montbello area. He Graduated from Colorado State University with his Biological Science - Biology degree in 2016, "Go Rams!". In his down time, he enjoys any activity outdoors, working out, traveling, binge watching TV shows, and spoken word poetry. In the District 11 office, Dondre coordinates the Next Generation Youth Cabinet, social media, the District 11 web page, constituent services, special projects
and community outreach. Contact Dondre at Dondre.Smallwood@denvergov.org