Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, who lost his bid for re-election in a campaign that centered on development, has accepted a job with Milender White Construction Co., which has undertaken several major projects in Colorado.
“Albus has been an outstanding community leader in Denver for the last 19 years,” said Bryon White, president and chief executive of Arvada-based Milender White, said Tuesday.
“We believe in his vision for building an inclusive city and, as experts in construction and development, we are honored to have him join our team. We look forward to utilizing his expertise to further our commitment in developing meaningful projects across Colorado and Southern California," White added.
Brooks told Colorado Politics that he will be working as vice president for strategy and business development for the firm, which has offices in Arvada and Newport Beach, California.
“I’m honored to join Milender White, an employee-owned company with a strong set of values and dedication to the communities in which it operates,” Brooks said. “The last decade has prepared me for this new role. I will get to use my leadership and community development expertise to develop lasting projects that add value to the places that my heart beats for.”
Brooks will start for the company on July 15.
According to the company’s website, the firm has worked on the redevelopment of Denver’s Union Station plus residential projects in Denver, Boulder, Westminster and Thornton.
The announcement comes four weeks after Brooks, a former City Council president and someone who had been touted as a potential future mayoral candidate — lost his council seat in the June 4 election by 757 votes.
Brooks lost a runoff election for Council District 9 to social worker and community activist Candi CdeBaca after an expensive campaign in which the rapid pace of growth and development in the city was a central issue.
Brooks was a close ally of Mayor Michael Hancock, who went door-to-door with him during the campaign.
“For eight years, Albus served our city well and provided valuable leadership on City Council,” Hancock said Tuesday. “He’s a great talent, he’s well respected, and Milender White was brilliant to hire him. I am excited for Albus and his family. He deserves this great opportunity.”
The two-term councilman hinted at his next move in an interview on Monday with the Colorado Politics Podcast.
“You know, I’ve been in government. I’ve been a non-profit leader. I’ve been an ordained minister and a football player. I’ve been an elected official and I think I’m ready for the private sector,” he said.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me to lead in this city from a different perspective and from a different angle," Brooks added.
A California native who moved to Colorado in 1996 to play football for the University of Colorado, Brooks said he plans to remain in Denver.
“I’m not going anywhere. We’ll still be living in the Cole neighborhood,” he said.
Brooks also said he plans to start a foundation to be named in memory of his father Perry Brooks, who died three years ago.
Perry Brooks was a warden for the California Youth Authority, where his reputation was helping rehabilitate some of the worst offenders in that system, his son said.
Albus Brooks described his father as his “best friend, biggest mentor.”
Brooks said he was motivated to start the foundation after seeing the Netflix series “How They See Us.”
The film tells the story of the “Central Park Five,” a group of young African American men who were falsely accused and imprisoned in the rape of a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They were later exonerated and released.
“I was not only motivated. I said I’ve got to start this now,” Brooks said.
“So, we’re starting a foundation that is focused on young boys of color who have gone through a lot of struggles like this and trying to get them rehabilitative help, mental health, financial awareness and connecting them to opportunities in the city.”