Denise R. Jordan was born and raised in the City of Springfield, to Donna and former State Representative Raymond A. Jordan, in a household where community activism and service was a daily part of her upbringing. Denise is a proud resident of the City of Springfield and a product of Springfield Public Schools. She attended the oldest Historical Black Institution of Higher Learning in the Country, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, where she received a B.S. Political Science/ minor in Public Administration. She also has a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from American International College.

During her professional career, Denise worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in several roles for over 20 years as a Worker’s Compensation Manager, Sexual Harassment Officer, Asst. Affirmative Action Officer; ending her tenure with the State as a Civil Rights Officer for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. In 2008, Denise became the City of Springfield’s first Black Chief of Staff and the longest person to occupy that position, serving for over 10 years with Mayor Domenic J. Sarno. Most recently, Denise was selected to serve as the Executive Director of the Springfield Housing Authority, the third largest public housing authority in the state of Massachusetts, was named as one of Business West’s 2018 Women of Impact and was selected as American International College’s 2019 Commencement Speaker, where she was also awarded and honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of her community contributions at the state and national levels.

Boards and Commissions:

– Current Chair of Baystate Health Foundation’s Rays of Hope

– MGM Springfield Community Advisory Committee

– Founding member of the Martin Luther King Charter School of Excellence

– Co-Founder Academic Athletic Arts Achievement Association, affectionately   known as 5A Football

– Founding member of the Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition

– Board member for Square One

– Bay Path University Advisory Board

– United Way of Pioneer Valley’s WomenUnited

-Judicial Committee member, Massachusetts Democratic Party

-Former Chair of the Election Commission for the City of Springfield

-Former Co-Chair of the City of Springfield’s Youth Commission

– Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

Honors and Awards:

 

-2019 Springfield Boys and Girls Club Family Center Alumni Hall of Fame

-2018 Business West Woman of Impact

-2018  The Brethren’s  Chet Gibbs Award for Outstanding Service

– Springfield Science Museums UBORA Award for Excellence

– Girls Scouts Woman of Distinction

– Black Woman of Excellence and Urban Influencer Awards from the Urban League of Springfield

-Provider’s Council of Massachusetts Municipal Employee of the year

– 100 Women of Color Award

– Springfield Boys and Girls Club Family Centers Distinguished Alumni

-Stone Soul Legacy Award

-Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year

 

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