Day 1 Speakers

Joelle Martinez

Day 1 Keynote Speaker - Joelle Martinez

Adams County is excited to announce Joelle Martinez as the Equity & Justice Summit Keynote Speaker on Monday, May 18. Martinez is a nationally recognized executive, strategist, inspirational speaker, and trainer. A visionary leader, Martinez dedicates her life to helping cross-sector leaders realize their potential and the potential presented by rapidly changing demographics. Martinez is a subject matter expert in Neuroleadership, Latino identity, civic engagement, demographic shifts, diversity and inclusion, and cultural intelligence.

Since 2015, Martinez has served as the Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute. Previously, she spent more than 15 years building winning business development and public affairs strategies for both the public and private sectors. In 2017, Martinez was named one of the 25 most powerful women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Hispanic Advisory Council for Coca-Cola and has served on several national and regional boards over the years.

Judge Shawn Day

Judge Shawn Day

Judge Shawn Day is a Colorado native, born and raised in Broomfield. He graduated from Colorado State University in 1988 and the University of Denver College of Law in 1992. He worked as a prosecutor in the Aurora City Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 2000. In 2000, Judge Day was appointed as a relief judge for the City of Aurora and also the first on-call judge for Aurora, and he was appointed as the Presiding Judge for the Town of Bennett in 2000. While working as a relief judge, Judge Day also worked as a partner in the Ausmus Law Firm from 2000 to 2004.

In 2004, he received an appointment as a full-time Associate Judge for the Aurora Municipal Court. After serving for 12 years as an Associate Judge, he was appointed to the position of Presiding Judge for the Aurora Municipal Court. in 2016.

Judge Day has twice served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Municipal Judges Association, from 2003-2005 and again from 2015-2017. In 2016, he was appointed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the 17th Judicial District, and in 2018, he was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to represent Colorado municipalities. In 2018 and 2019, Judge Day was honored to speak along with other municipal court judges from around the country at the NLC Los Angeles Summit and NLC San Antonio Summit about current municipal court issues.

In April 2019, the Aurora Municipal Court was accepted into the NLC CAFFE (Cities Addressing Fines and Fees Equitably) Initiative, and Judge Day is the lead team member of this important 14-month program.

Judge Day has been married to Wendy for 25 years, and they have 3 amazing kids, Rachel, 17, and Matt and Shane, 15.

Elias Diggins

Elias A. Diggins, MPA, CJM, CCE

Elias has been with the Denver Sheriff Department since 1994, holding all uniform ranks including serving as the Interim Sheriff. He is currently the Chief of Operations with a vast array of responsibilities. Elias is the President of the American Jail Association (AJA), where he is also a Certified Jail Manager. He has made two topics priorities for the AJA this year; Gender Equity in Jails Across America and revisiting the bail/bond system. He recently received the 2019 Legacy Award by the Association of Women Executives in Corrections for his dedication to issues affecting women in corrections. Elias is a Certified Correctional Executive through the American Correctional Association (ACA) where he is also a former Auditor. He was a Commissioner and the Chair for ACA’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Criminology degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. He and his wife Leslie have five children and reside in Aurora, Colorado.

Rachel Dore

Rachel Dore

Rachel Dore has been an attorney at the Children’s Law Center since 2015. Her primary focus is in the area of Education. She provides direct representation to students who have experienced trauma—including foster care, homelessness, poverty, and/or domestic violence—and who need assistance to access appropriate educational services, as well as those caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline. She is also active in community education and systemic advocacy, actively engaging with several committees and groups seeking policy change. In law school, Rachel focused on child advocacy, representing juveniles in restraining order proceedings as an intern with the Children’s Law Center’s Domestic Violence Program, in dependency and neglect proceedings in the Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic at Yale and in administrative proceedings at a detention facility as part of the Juvenile Service Project at the Public Defender Service for DC. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2015 and Pomona College with a BA in economics in 2010.

Travis Heath

Travis Heath

Travis Heath is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He has practiced in Los Angeles, California, and is currently a licensed psychologist working in private practice in Denver. The work he has been focused on includes shifting from a multicultural approach to counseling to one of cultural democracy that invites people to heal with dignity in mediums that are culturally near. He has delivered keynotes, workshops, etc. in 10 countries. Click here to watch his recent Tedx Talk.


Leslie Herod

Leslie Herod

Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, while receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate running in a contested election. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Legal Services. Rep. Herod also chairs the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Arts Caucus.

Since her election in 2016, Herod has sent 52 bills to the Governor’s desk, marshaling through numerous pieces of legislation addressing criminal justice reform, mental health & substance abuse, renewable energy, youth homelessness, and civil rights protections. Her legislative agenda underscores her commitment to improving the lives of all Coloradans, especially those caught in the cycle of poverty or mired in the criminal justice system.

Click here to learn more about Representative Leslie Herod. You can also watch her recent Tedx Talk.

Jesse Herrera

Jesse Herrera

Jesse Herrera is the Founder & Chief Visionary of CoAct. A designer, construction manager, public real estate developer, and educator by experience, Jesse gained an early appreciation of the interdisciplinary, multi-faceted approach needed to solve complicated problems.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he spent his early teenage years as a gang member. After a near-death experience and a blessing of circumstances, he left the life behind and pursued his education, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. As a former gang member, he witnessed the impact of social isolation and the value of understanding the nuances of today's challenges.

Graduating with an architecture degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, Jesse spent a short duration practicing before realizing a few shortcomings in the profession's ability to directly foster impact. Charged with a desire to understand the nuances of inner working of cities, Jesse embarked on multiple research trips to discover the solutions being used to improve well-being and address today's most pressing urban challenges. These insights, in addition to his life experiences are the foundation to his work.

Curious by nature, Jesse utilizes design as an instrumental force to better understand the underlining causes of today’s challenges and build robust community centered solutions.

Hannah Seigel Proff, Esq.

Hannah Seigel Proff is a trial attorney who has represented hundreds of adults and juveniles in criminal and delinquency cases over the last 12 years. Ms. Proff is the co-founder and acting executive director for the non-profit Learn Your Rights in the Community (LYRIC), an organization that teaches young people about their constitutional rights.

Ms. Proff’s experience and successful track record in the courtroom have led to invitations to lecture at legal conferences and training sessions across the country. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a faculty member at the University of Colorado School of Law Intersession Trial Advocacy course.

Ms. Proff has received formal recognition and awards over her career; in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 5280 Magazine named her a “Top Lawyer” in juvenile defense. She was named an American Graduate Champion by Colorado Public Television in 2016, and in 2014, she received the University of Denver Alumni Award for Community Engagement. Ms. Proff is a proud graduate of the Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT).

Breanna Boppre

Dr. Breanna Boppre

Dr. Breanna Boppre is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2018. Dr. Boppre’s primary research and teaching interests include the correctional system, issues related to gender and race, and the impacts of incarceration on families. Her dissertation examined intersectional differences in women's justice-related outcomes in Oregon. Dr. Boppre’s research was published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology and Corrections Policy, Practice, and Research. Dr. Boppre works directly with correctional agencies to help with the implementation of evidence-based practices. She also delivers trainings on gender-responsive strategies with a focus on intersectional contexts.

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