Dr. Aisha Rousseau(i-e-sha, ru-so) earned a B.A. from Spelman College and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also earned a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences from the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is to date, the program’s first and only African American doctoral graduate with a concentration in Rehabilitation Leadership. In October 2021, Dr. Rousseau was appointed by Mayor Michael B. Hancock as the Chief Equity Officer for the City and County of Denver. In this capacity, she leads the Mayor’s Office of Social Equity and Innovation, which was established to develop and implement the policies, programs, regulations, and initiatives of the City and County of Denver related to race, social equity, and social justice. Prior to her appointment by Mayor Hancock, Dr. Rousseau served as the Director of Denver’s Division of Disability Rights administering over $600 million in projects and programs ensuring access for individuals living with disabilities. Prior to relocating to Denver, she served as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at a Research I university where she authored a book chapter and a number of peer-reviewed publications pertaining to health disparities, disabilities, and gender issues.
City and County of Denver, CO