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Johanna Ulloa Girón, Advocacy Program Manager

Photo by Ellen Jaskol

Johanna Ulloa Girón is a psychologist and social worker from Bogota, Colombia. Mrs. Ulloa Girón graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Colorado State University. She has more than 20 years of experience working with communities in Central, South and North America. She has worked alongside communities for over 25 years and provided therapeutic services over 15 years with a diverse clientele.

As the former director of community initiatives at the Tennyson Center for Children in Denver, she managed satellite programs to prevent out-of-home placement and developed the crisis response in-home program to preserve family units and prevent residential care treatment. Mrs. UIlloa Girón worked as a social worker with the Larimer County Department of Human Services in the Child Protection Department for four years, where she received awards for excellence two years.

Mrs. Ulloa Girón is considered an expert in participatory community approach, Liberation Psychology and decolonization of community practice. Mrs. Ulloa Girón has supervised community-based clinical programs emphasizing community engagement both in the United States and Latin America. She is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University, where she is a subject expert on social and racial justice through culturally competent clinical practice, diversity and equity.

Mrs. Ulloa Girón is a trusted community member who has collaborated for years in Larimer County with many organizations, nonprofits and government entities for the betterment of the community. In 2019 Mrs. Ulloa Giròn was awarded the Human Relations Award for her outstanding contributions to marginalized and disadvantaged citizens in Fort Collins. She was recognized for embodying the spirit of inclusiveness, giving and altruism that propelled Fort Collins to become a better place for all people to live. Mrs.  Ulloa Giròn has received recognition from Fort Collins’s mayor on multiple occasions for her work with diverse communities. Mrs. Ulloa Giròn loves working in community dismantling systems of oppression, advancing racial and social justice, and promoting working towards liberatory practices alongside communities of color.

Mrs. Ulloa Girón loves reading and traveling, and she is a passionate coffee drinker. Her favorite thing is to enjoy time with the children and family, which makes her travel biannually to Colombia where all her family currently resides.

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.