About Albus

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Community service and leadership has long been a piece of Albus Brooks identity. Albus Brooks moved to Colorado in 1997 to study at CU Boulder and play football for the Buffs. Sports Illustrated named him one of the Top 10 Hardest Hitters. The National Football League took interest before injuries ultimately ended his career.

Before his time in the political arena, Albus Brooks dedicated his life to working with young people in Denver’s urban neighborhoods. He served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership (ICUL), an organization that invests in emerging leaders throughout Denver. After ICUL in 2010, Albus Brooks helped then-Mayor John Hickenlooper get elected Governor of Colorado, acting as his Outreach and Political Director, managing field and constituency outreach operations.

In 2011, Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on City Council where he represented the Great District 8. An eclectic yet disconnected district, Councilman Brooks campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. In 2015 he ran for re-election and won with 68% of the vote to continue his mission of connecting grass roots to the grass tops.

Since taking office in 2011 Councilman Brooks has sponsored policies that have had an incredible impact on his community. These policies help further his goal of creating further economic opportunities for residents of District 9 preserving the unique culture and diversity of this district.

As a means of addressing the affordable housing crisis in Denver, City Council created an Affordable Housing Fund, co-sponsored by Councilman Brooks. These new fees and taxes will generate over $150 million in funds over the course of 10 years. This is the largest housing fund in the state and the first in Denver.

Councilman Brooks also sponsored a bill to decriminalize possession of marijuana by anyone under 21 years old. This bill has prevented thousands of young people from being carried through the criminal justice system.

Education and opportunity is an important issue to Councilman Brooks. In 2015 he sponsored a bill to increase the sales tax for the Denver Preschool Program. This program impacts 4,370 4-yr-olds students with a tuition credit of $10.9 million per year.

In the summer of 2016 Councilman Brooks was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare cancer. After overcoming his malignant 15-pound tumor, Councilman Brooks was elected City Council President by his peers, and began his first term as President of City Council.

Councilman Brooks is always working on enhancing his leadership opportunities. Some of these include receiving his Masters of Business Administration at the Daniels School of Business University of Denver, along with participating in a few fellowship programs:

  • The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship, is a Public Leadership program which seeks to enhance our democracy by identifying and bringing together the nation’s most promising young political leaders to explore the relationship between individuals and their community and the responsibilities of public leadership.
  • The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF), which is the flagship leadership development program for the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States. This program was created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States, it now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations.
  • The NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) is a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local leaders working to expand opportunity for all Americans in the changing economy.

Although a growing global leader, it is District 9 in Northeast Denver where Albus feels most at home. He lives in the socioeconomically diverse Cole neighborhood with his wife Debi and their three young children, Makai, Kenya and Kaya.

Appointed Executive Committees:

  • Finance Committee For the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex Re-Vision Executive Committee

Appointed Boards & Commission by Mayor Hancock:

  • Crime Prevention and Control Commission
  • Children’s Cabinet
  • Denver Preschool Program
  • Homeless Commission
  • VISIT Denver

Other Boards:

  • Colorado Black Caucus
  • Metro Denver Sports Commission
  • Young Elected Officials Network, established by the White House