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Westminster Councilwoman Maria De Cambra joins political consulting firm Hilltop Public Solutions

Author: Ernest Luning - October 12, 2017 - Updated: October 12, 2017

Westminster City Councilwoman Maria De Cambra (Courtesy De Cambra)Westminster City Councilwoman Maria De Cambra (Courtesy De Cambra)

Westminster City Councilwoman Maria De Cambra is joining the Colorado office of national political consultants Hilltop Public Solutions as a senior associate, the firm announced Thursday.

De Cambra, the first Venezuelan-Anerican woman elected to office in the United States, has been managing director of progressive advocacy group Campaign for a Strong Colorado for five years. She starts at Hilltop at the end of the month.

“We are very excited to have Maria join the Hilltop family,” said Hilltop partner Craig Hughes. “Through her work on the Westminster City Council, she has played a key role in advancing affordable housing efforts in the region and brings a wealth of knowledge about effective governance and community engagement, as well as developing into a top level communications and message strategist. Maria has spent over a decade leading community organizing, messaging, and public policy efforts within the Latino community, and we are looking forward to expanding our work in this area.”

“Hilltop has a track record of winning campaigns and advancing progressive values. I believe that this work is more important now than ever. With my experience serving as a Westminster city councilor, working to educate and mobilize the Latino community, and experience training thousands of progressive organizers and candidates in message strategy, I know we will be a great team,” De Cambra said in a statement.

De Cambra, who was born in Florida and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, went to college at Ohio State University. She completed the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in State and Local Government this summer. She became the first Latina to serve on the Westminster City Council when she was elected in 2015.

Hilltop has offices in New York and Washington and across the West.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.