Karla Maraccini

Director, Food and Energy Assistance Division, Colorado Department of Human Services
Denver, Colorado

Karla Maraccini currently serves as the Division Director of Food and Energy Assistance for Colorado Department of Human Services in the Office of Economic Security overseeing program areas and policy that connect people to resources aimed at improving outcomes for individuals and families across Colorado. She previously served as the Vice President of Community Impact at Mile High United Way overseeing investments, supportive programming and housing for youth, early childhood and economic self-sufficiency programming, policy, and grants. Prior to that, she served the Mountain Plains Region as the Program Analyst (Readiness Builder and Community Mobilizer) for the USDA in SNAP Employment & Training after serving the State of Colorado as the Director of Community Partnerships at the Office of Governor Hickenlooper assisting the administration with coordination, fundraising, and management of more than 14 projects/initiatives. Karla has extensive knowledge of human services systems and has worked with individuals and families impacted by abuse, neglect, substance abuse, poverty, housing and food insecurity, and mental health issues in several capacities. She is an active community volunteer and has received recognition such as 2016 FNCS Abraham Lincoln Honor Award-Presidential Volunteer and the Governor’s 2012 Public Service Employee of the Year award. Karla completed Leadership Denver in 2014 through the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and was part of the inaugural Civic DNA Fellowship in 2018. She has served as the Chair of the Board for Harm Reduction Action Center and previously served on the boards for Food Rescue Alliance, Warren Village, Denver Community Corrections, Crime Prevention & Control Commission, Advocates for Recovery, Governor’s Meth Task Force, Colorado Combined Campaign, and SBIRT Steering Committee. Karla has called Colorado home for more than 30 years and has rescued several dogs who are her pride and joy.

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