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Advisory Committee

Heather Britton

Term expires June 2023

Heather Britton was appointed to the DERP Advisory Committee by the Career Service Board in 2011. Her career in the field of human resources has been focused on employee benefits, and she has worked for the City and County of Denver since 2001, where she is currently the director of benefits and wellness. Heather is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS), an honor she earned through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

“Although my primary responsibility is to ensure our active and retired employees have access to world class medical insurance, I want to help all employees understand and use other resources and benefits available to them as city employees,” she said. “Although the administration of DERP benefits and contributions fall outside the Office of Human Resources, being on the Advisory Committee prepares me to stay abreast of important plan changes, allows me to caution the board against adverse employee impact, and aids me in having intelligent conversations with our employees about their pensions.”

A dyed-in-the-wool Colorado sports fan with an affinity towards the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, and University of Colorado Buffaloes, Heather also enjoys working on crossword puzzles and vacationing.

Andrew Luxen

Term expires June 2023

Andrew Luxen was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2020. He has worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office since 2006, and currently serves as a chief deputy district attorney focusing on felony matters in Denver District Court. He leads a team of six who prosecute offenders and support crime victims. During his time in the DA’s office, he is proud to have worked on some of the most complicated and challenging felony trials over the past decade in Denver.

Andrew believes it is critical for both active and retired members of DERP to assume roles in its governance structure. “It encourages education and participation in our pension,” he said. Andrew likes lending his voice and unique perspective to the direction of the plan and its investments.

A passionate art aficionado, Andrew is partial to 16th and 17th century European paintings, especially Dutch, Italian, and Spanish. He is also an avid Broncos fan in fall and winter, and he enjoys working in the garden in spring and summer.

Roberta Monaco

Term expires June 2025

Roberta Monaco was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2022. For 22 years, she worked in the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver, where she was a member of the classification and compensation team, first as a compensation analyst and later as the team’s manager. Responsibilities included establishing pay, pay practices, and fringe benefits. Roberta also managed the recruiting team and oversaw a full-service HR team. Over the years, she worked on many large-scale compensation projects, impacting pay and benefits for all city employees, that required approval by the Career Service Board as well as Denver’s City Council.

 “I believe my experience working closely with employees and management to develop and deliver compensation and classification tools provides me with a unique perspective as a member of the DERP Advisory Committee,” Roberta says. “I have a broad understanding of employee needs and issues, which I believe is key to creating successful changes and outcomes.” She also brings expertise in collective bargaining and has served as a subject matter expert on pay, pay practices, and benefits survey data.

 A Colorado native, Roberta enjoys skiing, reading, and attending live music events. She is grateful that life has afforded her the opportunity to travel and experience cultures and cuisines from many corners of the globe.

Danielle Sexton

Term expires June 2025

Danielle Sexton was elected to the DERP Advisory Committee in 2022. After teaching high school English for eight years, she followed her passion and enrolled in law school. Since 2011, she has worked in the Denver District Attorney’s Office, where she is currently assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit, where she prosecutes fraud, public corruption, theft, and related crimes. Integrity, commitment to public service, and diligence are among the values that drive her.

Danielle wants to contribute her time to protect the health of Denver’s pension program. “Our pension is one of the greatest benefits of working for the city,” she said. “I want to help my coworkers understand what a privilege it is to be a member of DERP.”

When she’s not in the office or in court, Danielle enjoys reading, baking, quilting, and spending time with her husband of 25 years.

To contact an advisory committee member, email DERP.Advisory@DERP.org