By Roadtrip Nation

Erin Brown


My road in life took a while to figure out.
When she started college, she thought she wanted to be a biologist.
After a few biology classes, she switched into an education major, but soon it became clear that neither of those paths was right for her.
Eventually she found her calling in public service; says everything along her winding path led her to finding that passion.
She lived in a neighborhood that didn't offer access to good schools; she became "that mom" that drove her kids out of town to go to school.
At one point, her son had a third-grade teacher that "wasn't cutting it," so she put pressure on the school to raise their standards.
She realized that not every kid had a parent that would stand up and fight for their education, so she became an advocate for those children.
Seeing the payoff of her work firsthand and living it as a parent is what keeps her so motivated and excited about her job in children's affairs.
She's a champion of project-based learning, which offers a "360-degree education" by building both book smarts and real-life skills.
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Executive Director, Office of Children's Affairs

I ensure Denver's children have their basic needs met and are prepared for academic and professional success.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I spend time driving cohesive strategies and relevant tactics for social and economic development. I organize steps and resources to achieve the desired objectives, and set clear, measurable goals; communicate objectives and expectations to partners and stakeholders to solidify understanding, support, and commitment. I aim to use practical problem-solving skills to address challenges, complexity, and change; I strive to keep groups and organizations running smoothly and moving forward.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Be an advocate for whatever you believe in. Speak up, stand up, and strive for change.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I just don't have enough time to get everything done."

Challenges I Overcame

Lack Of Opportunity