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Elaine Gantz Berman
Colorado State Board of Education

Elaine Gantz Berman’s dedication to the children of Colorado is unmistakable. In January, 2007, she was elected by a vacancy committee to the Colorado State Board of Education, representing Colorado's 1st Congressional District. And, in November, 2008, she won her election to the seat in the general election. Prior to serving on the State Board of Education, Ms. Berman served on the Denver Board of Education, and for four years she served as the DPS board president. She also helped found the Colorado Children’s Campaign and the Adoption Exchange. And she serves on many other boards and commissions, including the Colorado Legacy Foundation; Common Good Colorado; Denver Metro Health and Wellness Commission; College Summit Board; Denver Foundation's Civic and Education Committee, Colorado Scores-Denver and the Board of the Children's Health Foundation. Before serving on the State Board of Education and the Denver School Board, Ms. Berman worked for 18 years as Program Officer at The Piton Foundation.

For her efforts on behalf of kids in Colorado, Ms. Berman has received many accolades. In 2004, the Community College of Denver named Ms. Berman “Champion of Education”. In 2005, she was named “Champion for Kids” by the Colorado Children’s Campaign, and that same year the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation presented her with the “Community Service Award.” In November, 2008, Berman was awarded Outstanding Lawmaker by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce and the Denver's Women's Commission.

Ms. Berman’s priorities on the Colorado State Board of Education are to align the state’s three accountability systems, to minimize regulations that prevent educators from focusing on student learning, and to create a seamless system of education starting with pre-kindergarten and continuing on through higher education.

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