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Steven Chavez is the Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) and, as such, strives to protect individuals from discrimination in employment, housing and at places of public accommodation through enforcement and outreach consistent with the Colorado civil rights laws. Steven is a Colorado native who attended West High School in Denver, received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado.
Prior to assuming his responsibilities with CCRD, Steven worked with the Colorado Attorney General's Office as a First Assistant Attorney General supervising a team of lawyers responsible for handling a wide variety of legal matters and specializing in personnel and employment law. Additionally, he held an executive position with the Colorado Department of Transportation overseeing its human resources, legal and workers’ compensation activities. Steven operates under the principles that education and outreach are vital to CCRD’s mission and has partnered with numerous community organizations in Colorado to advance civil rights. To name a few of the organizations within which he is presently involved, Steven works with Servicios De La Raza, a non-profit organization serving the poor in North Denver, the Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs and the Colorado Pay Equity Commission. Steven continues to teach in both formal and informal legal and civic educational programs and has assisted civic and governmental leaders regarding civil rights issues pertaining to them and their organizations.