2014 Professional Woman of the Year — Robin Kniech

Robin Kniech was elected to Denver City Council in 2011. She is Denver’s first openly LGBT Councilmember and represents the entire city as one of two At-large members.

During her first term on city council she has a achieved a bold record of accomplishments including increased access to child care for low-income working families, expanded public input in council policy debates, and creating a path for the sale of fresh, local food at the neighborhood level.

She is most known for her leadership on affordable housing, passing hard-fought updates to Denver’s inclusionary workforce housing policy and successfully advocating for more than $6 million in new funding for housing affordable to lower income families and seniors.

She has a law degree from Northeastern University and was elected with more than 15 years of policy experience at the local, state and national levels. Kniech’s passion for equality and economic opportunity were shaped by her upbringing in a working-class family. And she is both motivated and grounded by her role as mom to her five-year old son.