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Executive Director

Dennis Dougherty


Dennis Dougherty is the Executive Director of the Colorado AFL-CIO, which represents approximately 165 affiliate unions with membership totaling more than 130,000 working Coloradans. In this role, Dennis fights to raise the standard of living and quality of life for all Colorado working people and their families through organizing and ensuring their voices are heard in all political and public forums.  Prior to joining the Colorado AFL-CIO, Dennis was a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS) for over a decade. He mediated labor disputes, including collective bargaining negotiations and grievances, for the private, public, non-profit and federal sectors in Colorado and Wyoming. Before his appointment with FMCS, Dennis completed his Master in Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dennis is a member of IBEW Local 68 and currently serves as a board member for the Rocky Mountain Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and the Global Education Fund.