Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez is a third-generation North Denver resident of Colorado House District 4. Serena has been appointed to the House Judiciary and the Public Health Care and Human Services
Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez is a third-generation North Denver resident of Colorado House District 4. Serena has been appointed to the House Judiciary and the Public Health Care and Human Services Committees.
As a committed public servant, Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez knows that creating a better community means that all citizens must be given equal opportunities. Rep. Gonzales-Gutierrez was instrumental in passing a law to make sure that Coloradans received equal pay for equal work. She also worked to make sure that the rights of tenants were strengthened during the rental application process, further giving Coloradans equal opportunities. Her work also included passing legislation that transformed the criminal justice system; her bill strengthens the rights of defendants awaiting trial by making sure their cases are handled expediently, cutting down the wait time for those who cannot afford bail.
Growing up, Serena’s parents taught her the importance of helping others and she knew early in her life that she wanted to be a public servant would work to improve education and essential services for youth and families in her community. Serena believes that quality education is the most effective path to equity and opportunity in Colorado. She has passed bills that incentivize the teaching of the history of American minorities in civil government curriculums as well as legislation to increase student loan regulation.
Serena attended public schools and graduated from North High School where she met her husband. She also helped her parents run several small businesses in the district and has been an advocate as a parent and neighbor. She now works with youth and families to make sure their needs are met through a human services lens, a criminal justice lens and a mental health lens.
Representative Gonzalez-Gutierrez graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and began a career in human services. She worked as a victim advocate, supporting domestic violence victims, and as a youth counselor, social caseworker and for the last seven years maintains her role as the Director for the Denver Collaborative Partnership.