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Alicia Givens

Director of Re-entry Services

Alicia believes that the highest calling in life is to embrace your strengths to share them with the people you meet along your journey.

A native Cherokee Freedman from Oklahoma, Alicia was given a strong sense of community and our roles in it from a very young age. Her mother and grandmother are retired teachers who spent their lives devoting their love and time into supporting marginalized communities in the midwest. Her father is a retired engineer who broke racial barriers to be an example to his children of what could be if you apply yourself and chase your dreams. This foundation drove Alicia to pursue a soccer career in college while also earning her Bachelor’s Degree and later her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration.

She took this education with her to Colorado to serve a new community and served as a Denver County Probation Officer from 2011 – 2021, where she honed her evidence-based, empathetic supervision style. During this time, she became a master agency trainer; specializing in client engagement/responsitivity, ongoing assessment integration into case planning, and criminal history records. Alicia also earned her Green and Black Belts from Denver Peak Academy, which added process improvement and systems thinking to her skillset and led to the leadership opportunity of owning the technical drafting and revising of policy (SOW) for the Denver County Court Probation Department during her tenure.

Prior to coming to Breakthrough and Denver County, Alicia also worked in various criminal justice roles in fraud, logical security, and investigations for G4S, Oracle-Cerner, and Checkr, Inc. respectively. She also possesses a Master’s Degree in Human Resources (MHRM) from CSU Global.

Alicia is looking forward to bringing her experiences and passion for judicial procedural fairness and fair-chance hiring to Breakthrough and our participants.