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DPS Announces New Chief of Staff: Tameka Brigham

Aug. 1, 2017

Tameka Brigham joins DPS and will guide major community campaigns

Tameka Brigham joins DPS as the district's new Chief of Staff and will guide major community campaigns.

New DPS Chief of Staff Tameka Brigham

Denver – Denver Public Schools (DPS) announced today that Tameka Brigham is the school district’s new Chief of Staff. In her role, Brigham will be leading on many DPS efforts including the Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative, supporting strong relations with the Board of Education, and overseeing outreach to community leaders through the district’s Public Affairs team. She will start her new role on the first day of school for the district, Aug. 21.

Tameka joins DPS from Teach for America (TFA), where she served as managing director of research for the national non-profit. There, she focused on helping to create and lead the TFA learning agenda and on building and maintaining strong relationships with external research partners. Prior to joining TFA at the national level, she was managing director for teacher leadership development at Teach for America Denver. Tameka brings a wealth of education and community advocacy to this role at DPS.

“I’m really excited to work alongside so many passionate leaders who, without a doubt, put kids and families first,” she said. “I have a strong belief in community engagement and listening to those impacted most by potential decisions so I am eager to dive right in and have the tough conversations and, at the same time, celebrate our successes and our wins.”

Brigham has also continued her teaching career, serving as a faculty member of the Department of Africana Studies at Metro State University, where she teaches introduction to African-American Studies and the Education of African-American Children. She has held several teaching positions in K-12 and in higher education, including teaching kindergarten, elementary and middle school grades at two Denver schools. Her community service also has focused on education, including serving as education chairperson of the Denver branch of the NAACP and founder of Community Organizations Aligned Together or C.O.A.T.

“I am excited that Tameka will be bringing her incredible skills and experience, in education and in community engagement, to Denver Public Schools,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “She has focused her career and community service on improving pathways to success for our students and will be an extraordinary asset in support of our vision, Every Child Succeeds.”

A native of Colorado Springs, Brigham is proud to have grown up in a military family and first came to Denver to attend Metro State University. She has since earned her education doctorate in instructional leadership from Argosy University. Tameka and her husband, Marques, have three sons and love to fish and hike in Colorado. She will work closely with Eddie Koen, current Chief of Staff, before his departure Sept. 20 to join Mile High United Way as chief impact officer.

Brigham will report to Superintendent Tom Boasberg.