Denise Maes, DSM LLC, Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado, CO

Denise Maes is a licensed attorney in Colorado. She has practiced law in major law firms in Denver where she represented oil and gas companies, developers and non-profit entities. She has represented clients before administrative and judicial tribunals. She has negotiated multi-party consent agreements that involved private and governmental entities and Native American Tribes. Denise is well versed in various federal environmental laws, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, and their state equivalents. She has served on many major boards in the city including the Denver Water Board and the Civil Service Commission. She has also served on many community not-for-profit boards including serving as Chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Metro Denver and the Mi Case Resource Center. Denise currently serves as Public Policy Director of the ACLU of Colorado. In that role, she oversees all legislative work that affects civil liberties at the State and local level. She is the primary person overseeing all legislatives initiatives at the state Capitol during the legislative session. Denise also sits on various municipal boards and commissions that review police and jail-related matters. She is a frequent panelist and a frequent guest on television programs on current events. Before joining the ACLU, Denise was Director of Operations for Vice President Joe Biden. She managed, the Vice President’s budget, travel, and personnel. She also served as General Counsel for the Office of Administration under President Barack Obama, where she managed White House contracts and personnel issues.

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