Dafna Michaelson Jenet represents Colorado’s House District 30, which stretches from northern Aurora to rural Adams County east of Denver International Airport and back into parts of Thornton and Commerce City, where she resides. Representative Michaelson Jenet serves on the House Education and Public Health Care & Human Services Committees (vice chair), as well as Legislative Audit Committee (vice chair), and this is her third term as a Colorado State Representative. Rep. Michaelson Jenet’s legislative work primarily focuses on youth, particularly foster care youth, mental health, and healthcare access. Her big goal for the 2020 session is to push Colorado to be the first state to require insurance companies to cover annual mental health wellness exams for all Coloradans at no cost to the consumers.
Prior to her work in the legislature, Rep. Michaelson Jenet traveled to all 50 states, one state each week for 52 weeks, in search of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to solve problems in their communities. She chronicled her experiences in “It Takes a Little Crazy to Make a Difference,” published by Motivational Press. The book won the social change category of the International Book Awards and earned her a place on Conversation Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” list and a mention in CNN’s Intriguing Person column.
After the 50 States Project, Representative Michaelson Jenet and her husband, Michael Jenet, co-founded the Journey Institute, which works with schools, businesses, organizations and individuals to train in community problem solving and next-level team building. She then published her second book, “Peanut’s Legacy,” detailing the loss of the pregnancy of her son at 20 weeks and her journey through her grief. “Peanut’s Legacy” was named as a finalist in the International Book Awards in the social change category.
Representative Michaelson Jenet has an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She and her husband have three children: Eytan and Gavriella Michaelson and Ryan Jenet, an active-duty U.S. Marine.