Benita A. Duran
Benita Duran leads civic assistance projects for the League, assisting communities with strategic engagement and support, and helps to ensure that issues of social and economic equity are integrated and addressed in engagement opportunities, partnerships and guidance from the League..
Benita joined the League team in August 2022, bringing over 30 years of broad experiences and expertise in community engagement, planning, organizational programming, and economic development at local, regional, and national levels. She has been a professional administrator in local governments in Colorado and has worked with communities as far away as Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Early in her professional career, Benita was an aide to Denver Mayor Federico Peña, and a staffer of former League President John Parr, who oversaw the transition team for Mayor Peña. She is a former member of the governing board of ICMA, a position she held when she was assistant city manager in Boulder, Colorado. She has been a Vice President for Government Affairs for a global environmental engineering firm and a program executive for Denver Public Schools.