Derek Okubo joined the CLLARO board in January 2015. He is a Colorado native and attended the University of Northern Colorado where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and double minors in Communications and Sociology. He was hired by Big Brothers of Metropolitan Denver as the services coordinator for Denver County and created the High School volunteer program where he utilized high school students as mentors and tutors to the 500 children on the waiting list. Okubo was appointed Governor Roy Romer’s staff as a community liaison to northeast Colorado. A few years later he was hired by the National Civic League (NCL, the nation’s oldest “good government” organization) as the Assistant Director of Community Services and eventually became the organization’s Senior Vice President where he oversaw NCL’s projects and programs. In July 2011, Okubo was appointed Executive Director of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships by Mayor Michael B. Hancock. In this role, he oversees nine offices and 10 mayoral appointed commissions. He feels CLLARO is on the verge of becoming the statewide source of new leaders, credible research and action with the Latino community.