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Meet the Leadership Team


Shenika Carter

Interim President & CEO - Urban League of Metro Denver

Shenika Carter, founder of Caravan for Racial Justice and Co-Owner of Carter Truck Driving Academy is a Community Activist, Human & Civil Rights Philanthropist, and Black Media Truth Teller that relocated to Denver, CO  in 2017 and begin servicing community immeciately in Civic Engagement and Outreach.  Shenika Carter was compelled to do more for community after her son Lincoln was born around the time Trayvon Martin was murdered, Shenika began a journey to call out police brutality and to raise awareness of the killings of unarmed black men, women, and children across the Country. In 2016, she began connecting with progressive candidates of common interest who were willing to stand and fight for legislation that impacted marginalized communities.

Board of Directors

Dr. Auset Maryam Ali


Michael Crossland

Vice Chairperson

Shayla Richard


Chris Cleveland


Anette Bowser

President - ULMD Young Professionals

Heidi Casteel Ellis

President - Urban League Metropolitan Denver Guild

Heidi Casteel Ellis is the President of the Guild. She leads the organization to enhance and improve relations with the community and public by promoting volunteer participation while promoting the general welfare of the community through educational, cultural, and social activities about the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. 


Mrs. Casteel Ellis has over thirty-five years of experience with federal, state, and local government and the private sectors, a certified contracting officer managing government spending. She is the President/CEO of Innovative Services and an active community leader. She currently services Blacks in Government (BIG) as a Regional Affirmative Employment/Equal Employment Opportunity (AE/EEO) Chair to assist members and non-members in exercising their rights in addressing workplace conflicts. She has served in her local chapter at all levels, working in her community with other partnering organizations who shared her same goals. She also serves as a Supreme Officer on the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc., Fourth Degree Ladies of Grace National Supreme General Chapter. Additionally, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated serves as the Recording Secretary for Denver Alumnae Chapter. 


Masters in Organization and Leadership Development from Morgan State University  Master Certificate in Theology from the Archdiocese of Denver Bachelor of Science from National University, graduated Cum Laude, was on the Dean’s List for four years and presented in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. In addition, she has received honors and awards from local organizations community partners and receives numerous awards for her commitment to servant leadership.

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