Rita B. Contreras

Executive Assistant

Having spent more than 20 years in politics, Rita has served as a city council aide for nine different members of Denver’s City Council. She’s also served as a constituent services and outreach representative for Congressman Ed Perlmutter, and executive assistant to the president’s chief of staff at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She enjoys empowering others to access resources to improve their quality of life.

A Colorado native, Rita attended Denver Public Schools, graduated from North High School and pursued a double major at Regis University; a Bachelor of Science in psychology, and Bachelor of Arts in communications. She is also a 1998 graduate of the Denver Community Leadership Forum at the University of Colorado Denver.

Rita and her husband DJ enjoy coaching and actively cheering on their two young sons during their football, soccer and baseball games. Having recently lost their nine-year-old son to cancer, the family spends much of their free time volunteering with organizations that help raise awareness and provide support to other families as they navigate through their journey of dealing with childhood cancer.

Community Involvement:

  • Denver Art Museum Latino Outreach Committee; member
  • Denver Health and Human Services Citizens Review Panel; member

Favorite Colorado Experience:

I love taking random road trips in Colorado, usually ending up somewhere in the mountains. Some of my favorite memories include visits to Winter Park, Breckenridge and The Christmas Store in Estes Park.

Fun Fact:

I am not incredibly daring, and prefer to ‘play it safe’. Therefore, I am fairly convinced that I just might be the only Colorado native who did not learn to ski until the age of 30.