Community economic development, resilience, community-driven change, mobility, resilient cities
Deyanira Zavala is an experienced, collaborative nonprofit leader with experience working in community economic development. Driven by her commitment to equity, she previously served as Executive Director of Mile High Connects, a regional coalition actively working to build a thriving, resilient Denver metro region. In her role, she forged partnership between public and private sector partners while driving community driven change.
Prior to joining Mile High Connects, she led two community initiatives focused on creating mobility in people’s lives through entrepreneurship in Colorado and Texas. She brings with her national experience, having facilitated a variety of community economic development capacity building activities in support new to community development organizations in the Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest.
Ms. Zavala is the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school and college, holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. Deyanira is a trained Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator and alumni of the NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Elevate Fellowship programs.
She has served as a Governor appointee to the RTD Accountability Committee, and a member of community boards including All In Denver, Reimagine RTD Community Advisory Group, and the Denver COVID-19 Mobility Task Force.