Colorado Children's Campaign

Every Chance for Every Child: We advocate for the development and implementation of data driven public policy that improves child well-being in health, education and early childhood so that every child in our state has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential.

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Maeve McHugh, Development Communications Associate
Start Date: 2019

Maeve joins the Colorado Children's Campaign as the Development Communications Associate. In this role, she works to develop content for donor communications including newsletters, annual appeals, and associated stewardship. Maeve also assists with grant writing and special events by crafting promotional materials to cultivate the Children's Campaign's network and activate existing supporters. Her favorite part of the Children's Campaign is the opportunity work to for all of Colorado's kids alongside the incredible Campaign staff and passionate child advocates ensuring that Colorado is a great place to learn, grow, and be a kid!

Prior to joining the Colorado Children's Campaign, Maeve worked for a Denver-based NGO focused on community development and partnership building in Colorado and East Africa. Maeve completed her BA in International Affairs at George Washington University, concentrating in international development and international politics. A Denver native, you can find Maeve doing all of the usual Colorado things while also reminding everyone she's with to reapply sunscreen and stay hydrated!

Erica Manoatl, Research Analyst
Start Date: 2017

Erica Manoatl is the Research Analyst for the Colorado Children's Campaign. In this role she supports the organization's research priorities, data analysis, and writing in the areas of child health, early childhood development and learning, and K-12 education. Erica also assists in the development and dissemination of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report. Before coming to the Children's Campaign, Erica worked as a Teach For America corps member in New Orleans, LA and Washington, DC. She served as a research assistant at Columbia University, investigating the areas of child health and school readiness and performance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from George Washington University and a Master of Public Health in Population and Family Health from Columbia University.

Joy Fitzgerald, Grant Writer & Evaluation Team Manager
Start Date: 2017

As a member of the Development Team, Joy manages the process of developing and submitting our grant applications and reports and contributes to donor stewardship activities. She also coordinates the organization's internal evaluation efforts. A Colorado native, Joy earned undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder. After beginning her career as an attorney, her focus since 1991 has been advancing the work of nonprofits, higher education institutions and government agencies as a grant writer, technical writer and policy analyst. Following 20 years as a self-employed consultant, Joy initially joined the Children's Campaign in 2012 and reunited with the organization in 2017 after a brief hiatus.

Kelly Causey, President and CEO
Start Date: 2016

Kelly has nearly two decades of experience in leading a large Colorado non-profit organization. She has devoted more than 25 years working with children and youth, from one of her first jobs in residential treatment to more than two decades engaged with youth conservation corps, where she also helped to launch a charter school. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver, where she has also served as a sociology instructor. She has several publications related to child custody and stigma. She has served on the Corps Network National Board of Directors, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships Commission

Cliff Clusin, Finance Director
Start Date: 2017

As the Finance Director, Cliff is responsible for all financial aspects of the Children'S Campaign and general administrative support. Cliff spent his formative years in the Midwest (Chicago and Minneapolis). A job transfer with Kinko's Copies brought him to Colorado in 1989. Before joining the Children's Campaign, Cliff worked as the Finance Director for six other non-profits in Boulder and Denver. His interests outside of work include anything related to the natural world, to social justice and to meditation. He likes to spend time with his two children and two grandchildren who live in Boulder.

Manushkka Sainvil, Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Start Date: 2018

Manushkka is the Executive Assistant / Office Manager for the Colorado Children's Campaign. She serves as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO, Kelly Causey. She is responsible for the day-to-day office operations of the Children's Campaign as well as general administrative duties.

Stephanie Perez-Carillo, Policy Analyst
Start Date: 2016

Stephanie works as a Policy Analyst for the Colorado Children's Campaign. Prior to joining the Children's Campaign, she worked as a Public Policy Fellow at The Women's Foundation of Colorado where she found her love and passion for policy work. Before diving into the policy world, Stephanie served as a Teach for America Corps Member in South Carolina, teaching high school and middle school math. She also worked in healthcare, at the very start of her career, as a Patient Advocate and Unit Secretary while obtaining her degree in Marketing from Florida International University. When she is not working, you can typically find her at a coffee shop, hanging out with friends, or engaging in some type of outdoor activity

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Carleigh Elkus, Development Director
Start Date: 2017

Carleigh leads the organization in the expansion and implementation of a diversified fund development strategy that includes grant management and funder relationships, individual donor management and special events. Carleigh graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in American Studies and a certificate from the Hesburgh Program in Public Policy, as well as Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she was selected to the National Order of Barristers. After 14 years as a litigation attorney, Carleigh embraced her passion for philanthropy and redirected her skills and expertise into various leadership roles for several Denver nonprofits. Presently, Carleigh is the president of the Junior League of Denver Foundation Board of Directors, a member of the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation Circle of Friends Council, a routine program contributor to YouthRoots Denver and a former member of the Colorado Children's Campaign Circle of Friends Leadership Board.

Erin Miller, Vice President, Health Initiatives
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Erin leads the organization's health policy work to improve health insurance coverage and quality for Colorado's kids, improve access to health services, and ensure that every child has healthy places to live, learn and play. Erin has expertise in evaluating federal, state and local policies related to Medicaid, CHIP, the Affordable Care Act and public health programs. Her professional experiences include service as a WIC Educator and Local Area Retail Coordinator for Denver Health, a Special Assistant in the HHS Office of Planning and Evaluation in Washington DC, a Health Policy Adviser and Budget Analyst for the U.S. House Budget Committee, and a member of the Accountable Care Collaborative team in the Colorado Medicaid Program. Erin graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned a Master's in Public Health Policy from Columbia University. She is also a graduate of Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, Colorado.

Riley Kitts, Government Affairs Director
Start Date: 2018

Riley Kitts serves as the Government Affairs Director for the Colorado Children's Campaign. Riley has spent several years in Colorado politics, working both inside and out of the State Capitol. He earned his degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder and immediately dove into local politics right after college. Riley comes to the organization from the Colorado Department of Human Services where he spent three legislative sessions spearheading the Department's legislative and budgetary agendas. Prior to that, he spent several years with the Colorado House Democrats serving in various roles from Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House to Field and Outreach Directors. Some of Riley's proudest legislative accomplishments include the passage of HB18-1306 to improve graduation rates among youth in foster care and HB17-1207 which helps ensure that 10 through 12 year olds are not going to detention centers for low level misdemeanors. Riley is a graduate of Bishop Machebeuf Catholic High School and enjoys watching every second of high school, college, and Broncos football with his wife, Alyssa.

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Samantha Espinoza, Policy Analyst
Start Date: 2018

Sam joined the Colorado Children's Campaign staff as a Policy Analyst after serving as their Government Affairs Intern while completing her MSW at the University of Denver. Her portfolio of policy issues includes child health, family planning and maternal and infant mental health. Sam is a military veteran whose greater part of professional experience is grounded in research, advocacy and supporting children who face adversity. Before moving to Denver to pursue her MSW, Sam graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with her bachelor's degree in sociology and worked as a tutor, specializing in teaching students with behavioral challenges. Sam also worked as a case manager for high school seniors facing barriers to graduation during the first year of her MSW program. Sam's values are grounded in equity and elevating the voices of impacted populations.

Leslie Colwell, Vice President, Education Initiatives
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Leslie leads the Campaign's work to improve K-12 education in the state of Colorado. Before joining the Children's Campaign in August of 2014, Leslie served as an Associate with The Keystone Center, where she worked to establish and facilitate partnerships and produce policy agreements, particularly in the areas of K-12 education and early childhood. Her professional experience includes working as Legislative Director for Senator Mike Johnston, managing his education policy portfolio and directing a policy fellowship for educators for three summers. Leslie has also worked on Teach For America's alumni team, and before that taught 6th grade Math and Earth Science at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles. Leslie earned a bachelor's degree from American University and received her K-12 education in Littleton Public Schools.

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Bill Jaeger, Vice President, Early Childhood Initiatives
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Bill leads the policy development and advocacy work for early childhood so that Colorado's youngest and most vulnerable kids have the support and education to place them on a path to future success. Bill has spent more than a decade teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master's in education from Harvard's Graduate School of Education before working as a public school teacher and administrator in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area for several years. Bill also holds master's degrees in public policy and political science and worked in several positions in the non-profit sector prior to joining the Colorado Children's Campaign. He is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs.

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