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The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1953
Birth Location:
Denver, Colorado

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
City Council Member

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mexico
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/4/1953
Birth Location:
Denver
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Biography

Allegra Rene “Happy” Haynes was born on March 4, 1953, in Denver, Colorado. Haynes graduated from Denver's East High School in 1971. She received her B.A. degree in political science (with honors) from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York in 1975. Later in life, Haynes returned to school and received her M.A. degree in public affairs from the University of Colorado in 2002. She also attended Leadership Denver, the Denver Community Leadership Forum, the Rocky Mountain Program, and the State and Local Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Haynes began her tenure with the City of Denver as an aide to former Councilman Bill Roberts in 1979. From 1983 to 1990, Haynes worked as an administrative aide to the former Mayor of Denver, Federico Peña, the city’s first Latino mayor. Haynes served on the Denver City Council from 1990 to 2003 and as council president from 1998 to 2000. She was Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper's liaison to the city council from 2003 to 2005 and she played a key role in the development of Denver International Airport. In October of 2005, Haynes retired from the City of Denver after twenty-six years to join the new superintendent of Denver Public Schools, Michael Bennet, as his assistant for community partnerships. Governor Bill Ritter appointed Haynes to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in September of 2008.

Haynes resides in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. She is single, an avid jazz enthusiast, and enjoys science fiction and gardening. She regularly participates in numerous sports and outdoor activities.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her paternal grandmother's family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her Hispanic heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes lists her childhood homes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her neighborhood friends in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers integrating the Sportland YMCA in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes Denver's City Park neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls her experiences at Barrett Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her elementary school teacher
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her experiences at Aaron Gove Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls her teachers at Aaron Gove Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her involvement with the Catholic Church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her role in student government at Aaron Gove Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her protests at Denver's East High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her mentors at East High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about the racial climate in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her disinterest in athletics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her experiences as a debutante
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her Outward Bound trip to Baja California, Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls working at The Denver Post
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her aspiration to become a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls her desire to attend an all-girls college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her decision to attend Barnard College in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her high school trip to Europe
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about founding an impromptu freedom school in Denver, Colorado
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls her experiences in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her early interest in politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers Barnard College's admission counselor, R. Christine Royer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her early work within Denver City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her role as an aide in the Denver City Council office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her position with Mayor Federico Pena's administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes the accomplishments of Mayor Federico Pena's administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her decision to run for Denver City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers running for Denver City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about Denver's African American and Hispanic mayors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes the development of the Denver International Airport
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about initiating a tax for children's programming
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her role on the welfare reform board
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers her accomplishments on the Denver City Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her international travels
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes recalls her decision to leave law school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about working with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her role in Denver Public School's Community Partnerships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her appointments to state boards
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes remembers the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about President Barack Obama's presidency
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes her interest in jazz music
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes talks about her organizational board affiliations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes shares her advice for future generations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - The Honorable Allegra "Happy" Haynes narrates her photographs