FBI Denver
Public Affairs Specialist Vikki Migoya
March 18, 2024

ADL’s Jeremy Shaver Receives FBI National Award

FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Mark Michalek is pleased to announce that Jeremy Shaver, Senior Associate Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League—Mountain States Region, is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

Mr. Shaver was nominated for being a critical community liaison partner for FBI Denver in his role at ADL. Notably, Mr. Shaver leads Hate Free Colorado, of which FBI Denver is a member. Hate Free Colorado is a coalition of federal and local law enforcement agencies, the Colorado Attorney General’s office, district attorney’s offices, and nonprofits that meets monthly with the mission of increasing awareness around, and reporting of, hate crimes in Colorado.

“Investigating federal hate crimes is one of the top priorities of the FBI – and even more important is education and preventing them in the first place. Mr. Shaver plays a key role in helping the FBI meet those goals in Colorado and Wyoming,” said Mr. Michalek. “We are proud to partner with Mr. Shaver, ADL, and Hate Free Colorado, and we congratulate Mr. Shaver on receiving this well-deserved recognition.”

Mr. Shaver is a regular participant in outreach events including the Protecting Houses of Worship and United Against Hate programs organized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. His efforts help connect FBI Denver with community organizations and affinity groups, facilitating trust and relationships with residents in FBI Denver’s area of responsibility.

Mr. Shaver’s position also provides an avenue for him to occasionally assist FBI Denver in addressing specific concerns voiced from the community.

“Mr. Shaver and the Anti-Defamation League are invaluable partners for the FBI in Denver,” said Mr. Michalek. “The FBI cannot do our work in a vacuum. We greatly value the assistance and support of individuals in the communities we serve.”

“As we address increased hate crimes and domestic extremism, both locally and nationally, it is imperative that community groups, law enforcement, and government work together,” Shaver said. “FBI Denver is an invaluable partner in developing prevention and response strategies that recognize the different needs of our diverse communities. I am grateful for the FBI’s partnership.”

Mr. Michalek recognized Mr. Shaver during a ceremony at FBI Denver Headquarters on March 11. The FBI Denver Field Office is grateful for Mr. Shaver’s work in Colorado and Wyoming and wishes him continued success.

On April 19, 2024, there will be a national ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. FBI Director Christopher Wray will personally present the award to Mr. Shaver and other honorees selected by FBI field offices across the country. The FBI formally created the DCLA in 1990 to honor individuals or organizations for their outstanding service to the local community and enduring contributions to the advancement of justice.

Recent DCLA honorees:

  • 2023 – Jeremy Shaver, senior associate regional director of Anti-Defamation League—Mountain States Region
  • 2022 -- Jenelle Goodrich, founder of From Silenced to Saved
  • 2021 -- Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA)
  • 2020 – JEWISHColorado
  • 2019 – Susan Smith, executive director of Christian P. Anschutz Foundation
  • 2018 – Rory Tendore, director of Eastern Shoshone Juvenile Services Program
Denver 2023 DCLA