Denise Hurst hails from Springfield, MA. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and Springfield College, School of Social Work.

While at UMass, Denise volunteered at the Everywoman’s Center and staffed a 24-hour hotline for sexual assault, domestic violence, lesbian battering and ritual cult abuse victims. A strong commitment to professional development and the ability to better advocate for those in need inspired Denise to obtain her MSW, while working for the Department of Children and Families. Denise also traveled overseas to London, England, to work as a child protective supervisor. 

Denise has been committed to working with children and families throughout the Pioneer Valley. She was a Child/Adolescent Supervisor for the Department of Mental Health, and is currently the Quality Improvement Manager and Human Rights Coordinator for DMH. Denise is also an adjunct professor at Cambridge College.

In 2013, Denise was re-elected to her second term on the Springfield School Committee. She is the recipient of the 2013 Massachusetts All State School Committee Award, Urban division and serves as Secretary-Treasurer for MASC Division V.

Denise is passionate about advocating for families, women, and children. She serves on the Executive Board of MotherWoman, Inc. and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She is an Inaugural graduate of Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, a member of the Sixteen Acres Civic Association, the Puerto Rican/Latino Leadership Collective, BusinessWest’s 40 under Forty Class of 2014, and a graduate of the 69th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar, Massachusetts Senate.