Emily Cervantes

Policy Research and Analysis Manager

Emily was born and raised in El Paso, TX. For the past 20 years, she has called Denver home. She lives in Southwest Denver and loves being in a neighborhood that reminds her how beautiful her culture is.


Emily studied poetry at the University of Colorado Denver and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English writing. After a year in law school, she decided that a career in law was not for her and redirected her studies towards a master’s in public administration.


Emily has worked as a banker, a childcare worker, a retail manager, a school administrator, a small business owner/artist, a health policy research analyst, and program manager. While her careers have all enriched her skills, her most satisfying role is her current role as a public policy research and analysis program manager at the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization (CLLARO). In this role, Emily is able to do work that benefits the Latino community and is truly impactful and fulfilling.


As the mother of two tween/teen daughters, Emily is passionate about getting youth involved in advocacy and empowerment. Along with her husband, she works to empower young Latinas and their parents. In her free time, Emily takes care of her extensive plant collection and does home improvement projects. She hopes that she can be an outspoken advocate for the Latino community.