A native of Northeast Denver, Jeff S. Fard, better known as brother jeff, is a multimedia journalist, historian and community organizer who lectures nationally speaking to youth, students, social organizations, and professionals about subjects including cultural identity and history, diversity, self-empowerment, community building, economic development, health disparities, and the uniting power of art. In 1994 he founded brother jeff’s Cultural Center—located in the historic Five Points District in Northeast Denver—a space committed to fostering growth, strength, and voice in the community. He is also the publisher and editor of the award-winning monthly publication, 5 POINTS NEWS.
In 2000, brother jeff began organizing nationally to help reduce the disproportionate HIV and AIDS rate in the African-American Community and served as an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and several other governmental and non-governmental organizations committed to eliminating HIV. His current work includes gun violence reduction, mental health interventions and community mentor development.
brother jeff is a board member for the Center for African American Health and is a past board chair of the Denver Foundation, which is the nation’s oldest and Colorado’s largest community foundation. He has received numerous honors for his work including being recognized by the late Steven Graham and the Community Resource Center as a “Legendary Leader of Colorado’s Nonprofit Sector.”