Senior Advisor on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Dr. Bailey is a valuable thought partner and can offer consultations regarding equity related issues in education. At Denver Public Schools, we want to ensure Equity is at the center of our work, and Dr. Bailey's expertise can be leveraged in projects and initiatives to ensure we live up to this Shared Core Value. 

    Dr. Bailey has supported:

    • African American Equity Task Force (AAETF) and Black Excellence Resolution (BER) recommendations implementation
    • Educators of Color/Success By Design programs and special events
    • New York City Leadership Academy (NYCLA) Coaching for Equity 
    • Harvard RIDES/Personal Team Equity Culture Development (PTEC)
    • Reach One Mentorship program
  • About Dr. Bailey

    Sharon R. Bailey, Ph.D. is a native of Denver, Colorado and graduate of Denver’s East High School.  She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary social science and a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado. Her dissertation, A Journey Full Circle:  An Historical Analysis of Keyes v. School District No.1, examined Denver’s struggle to desegregate its public schools from legal, political, and managerial conceptual lenses. She was selected as an associate with the National Center on Public Policy and Higher Education and as a fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL). 

    From 1988-1995, she served as an elected member of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education. As a former member of the Denver Public School Board, Dr. Bailey gained valuable and specialized knowledge and expertise in the following areas: early childhood education, public school finance, multicultural education, strategic planning, intergovernmental partnerships, employee contract negotiations, school standards and accountability, educational equity/desegregation law, parent and community involvement.  Currently, Dr. Bailey currently works with the school district as the Senior Advisory for Equity Initiatives. Dr. Bailey was primary researcher and author of the qualitative study, An Examination of Student Educator Experiences in Denver Public Schools through the Voices of African American Teachers and Administrators. The findings of her report led to the establishment of the Denver Public Schools African American Equity Task Force. The recommendations of the Task Force now serve as a guide for achieve greater institutional equity for African American students and educators. 

    Professionally, she has held several administrative positions in higher education and municipal government. From 2001-2004, she was a policy associate for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE). At WICHE, she researched, analyzed and synthesized higher education policy studies and reports, distributed weekly Policy Alerts to national subscribers, and led the development of a searchable database of state-level policies and resources related to equity. From 2004-2015, Dr. Bailey served as a member of the Executive Team in the Office of the Auditor in the City and County of Denver. In the Auditor’s Office, she led collaborative efforts to update the city’s fiscal rules and payroll processes

    She has traveled the country and globe organizing conferences and presented papers on multiple issues related to women and families in her leadership role with the International Black Women’s Congress (IBWC). Locally, Dr. Bailey provides research and leadership for the Colorado Black Round Table (CBRT) in their efforts to educate the Colorado community regarding racial disparities in education, health, criminal justice and economic well-being.

    Dr. Bailey is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including induction into the Colorado Association of School Board’s Hall of Fame. She has received the National Organization for Black Elected Officials (NOBEL Women) Pillar of Leadership Award, Colorado Black Women for Political Action’s (CBWPA) award for Community Service, and the National Council of Negro Women, Denver Chapter’s Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award. In 2005, she received the “Legacy of Service” award from Princeton University. Dr. Bailey received one of her highest honors when she was recognized by the Council of Great City Schools for her contributions to urban education in 2016.

    Dr. Bailey and her husband John have three adult sons and five grandchildren.