Roberto brings nearly 20 years of corporate, higher education, and governmental experience to Race Forward. Before joining the Race Forward team Roberto worked for the City and County of Denver as the Manager of Diversity and Engagement at the Denver International Airport (DEN). During his time with DEN Roberto worked on numerous initiatives that focused on race and social justice with the goal of elevating equity and enabling engagement. He has also taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education that focus on the social foundations of race in education and society. He is the founder and CEO of the Praximity Group, a diversity and equity consulting firm that focuses on the intersection of theory, practice, and place.
Roberto hosts a podcast called Theory Heads, serves on the advisory board for the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, and is a member of the United States Tennis Association Colorado’s Hispanic Engagement Initiative Task Force. He has twelve peer-reviewed publications focusing on Latino Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity, Speculative Race Fiction, and Critical Race Parenting. Roberto holds a B.S. in Political Science from Colorado Mesa University, an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from Regis University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Colorado Denver.