Veronica Barela

Veronica, now retired, was employed by NEWSED as its President and CEO since 1977. She is recognized for her skills in housing development, community-based economic development, community organizing, special events, promoting arts and culture, and civil rights work.  She has crested numerous affordable housing opportunities for local residents through creating programs that buy, rehabilitate, construct, sell and/or rent single and multi-family housing developments. In addition, her efforts have led to the creation of hundreds of new businesses and thousands of jobs in the Santa Fe Drive business corridor in Denver’s West Side.  She has led NEWSED’s production of the Cinco de Mayo Festival, El Grito, Civil Rights Awards and many others. Her vision for NEWSED is to improve the quality of life of residents of Denver through a comprehensive approach to community building.  She holds a BA in Public Administration and Psychology from Metro State College and a Masters in Public Administration at CU Denver and is a graduate of the Development Training Institute, Baltimore, Maryland. She has served on various committees and boards throughout the years and has also received numerous recognitions. Most recently she was given the Mayor’s Legacy Award for Excellence in the Arts. See video to learn about Veronica and her extensive career.