Denver (November 1, 2018) –Jamie Giellis has filed to officially enter the Denver Mayor’s race.
“Denver is at a critical point,” said Giellis. “Growth has happened to us, not with us, and our city is now grappling with becoming a modern, urban Denver that can accommodate that growth while maintaining a quality of life for everyone. The next Mayor will be faced with the reality that unbridled growth without a plan to address all that comes with that only happens for so long without a challenging set of consequences, many of which we are already seeing. Our next Mayor must not only have vision, but must be solutions oriented. It’s time to start doing, together.”
Giellis has spent her career working on urban issues both in Denver and around the world, in particular focusing on creative approaches to support neighborhoods and mixed-use districts in creating their own strategies to achieve their unique vision, while pushing for and creating better policy to support themselves. She has proven experience working with community members, businesses, stakeholders, and local groups to implement strategies that allow for communities to successfully manage their needs and thrive economically, socially, and culturally.
She has also become a recognized community leader in Denver, most notably serving as the President of Denver’s River North Art District, where she has overseen vision, policy, programs, and projects and championed a social agenda that has pushed for policies to support affordable housing, mobility, sustainability and positive engagement with the homeless community. Her work in Denver spans the city, including efforts to support Denver neighborhood and commercial districts in many of the City’s council districts.
Her work has been centered around the ideals of inclusion, access, transparency, accountability and measurable results – all of which she will bring to the Denver Mayor’s office. Giellis joins the race with a focus on both leadership and issues she feels are critical to address now – affordable and accessible housing and work to address homelessness compassionately, affordable mobility and transportation, sustainability and beautification, education and a commitment to do it all while supporting the needs of individual neighborhoods throughout the City. “I will lead through the same approach that has made me successful throughout my life,” said Giellis. “Investing all of Denver’s citizens in our future will ensure a healthy city, livable neighborhoods and strong communities that define what we all know Denver can become.”
Giellis’ experience includes significant work in Denver, in cities across the United States and in Singapore and the United Kingdom. Her expertise in organizing special districts, developing and executing economic development strategies and undertaking organizational restructuring make her uniquely qualified to be Mayor of Denver. Giellis graduated from the University of Iowa in 1999 with a degree in Communications and earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from The University of Colorado, Denver in 2015.
Joining the campaign are former Denver Auditor Dennis Gallagher as Chair and former Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade Fiona Arnold as Treasurer, alongside a growing contingent of leaders from across the City, all to be announced in the coming weeks.
Giellis plans a formal campaign announcement event on November 27, 2018, and will be visiting neighborhoods throughout the City in coming months. To learn more, constituents