Colorado Civil Rights Division Director
Rufina A. Hernández, Esq. - Director, Colorado Civil Rights Division
Rufina A. Hernández is the Director of the Colorado Civil Rights Division, 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.
Ms. Hernández is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and is a licensed attorney in the State of Colorado. She began her career as a trial attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver. She has served as an Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Denver College of Law, where she addressed the needs of a diverse student community. In 1994, Ms. Hernández became the Executive Director of the State Bar of New Mexico and responsible for the licensing of all attorneys practicing in the state of New Mexico.
Ms. Hernández' most recent experience was as the executive director of the Campaign for High School Equity in Washington, D.C., a coalition of the nation's most prominent civil rights and education advocacy organizations focused on high school education reform, and she led the coalition's federal policy and advocacy agenda as well as its public outreach and education activities. She had previously acted as Director of the National Education Association's Human and Civil Rights Department and the Associate Director of the External Partnerships and Advocacy Department and as the Executive Director of the Colorado-based Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA) where she advocated for policy reform in civil rights issues affecting the Latino community.