Committed child advocate and experienced non-profit executive will take helm in October
DENVER—The Colorado Children’s Campaign Board of Directors has named Kelly Causey as the organization’s next President and CEO. Causey has nearly two decades of experience in leading a large Colorado non-profit organization and is a dedicated advocate for children.
Causey has served since 1998 as CEO of Mile High Youth Corps, which develops the skills of young Coloradans through employment, education and training. Causey was instrumental in the growth of the organization from a seasonal, neighborhood-based agency with one staff member to a year-round operation with more than 200 employees and serving 15 counties. In her tenure, she led a $2 million capital campaign, an effort to pass legislation to engage youth corps in energy conservation projects, the start-up of a Denver Public Schools charter high school and many more major accomplishments.
“Kelly is a collaborative, proven and mission-minded leader and we’re thrilled to bring her talents to the Colorado Children’s Campaign,” said Remy Spreeuw, Chair of the Children’s Campaign Board of Directors and Publisher of 5280 Magazine. “In her decades-long career, Kelly has been a voice for young people in the state and will use her experience to shape the direction of policies that support our 1.2 million children.”
Causey 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 served on the Corps Network National Board of Directors, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships Commission.
“I’ve devoted my professional life to improving the lives of kids and serving Colorado communities,” Causey said. “From one of my first jobs in residential treatment to more than two decades devoted to youth conservation corps, I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to help young people thrive. I welcome the chance to bring my talents, skills and expertise to a new environment, and to a statewide organization making such a big difference in the lives of Colorado kids.”
Causey, who begins in her new role Oct. 3, will be the sixth person to lead the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Chris Watney, former President and CEO, left the organization this summer after 13 years of service to grow her private therapy, counselling and coaching practice in Denver.
As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs the organization has helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus and the Great Teachers and Leaders Law.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.
Tara Manthey, Communications Director