Colorado Children's Staff

We’re dedicated to improving the lives of kids throughout Colorado. Our staff includes experts in policy, advocacy, research, outreach, communications, development, and nonprofit management. We value workplace diversity, strive to be an inclusive organization, and are committed to making the Colorado Children’s Campaign a great place to work.

Kelly Causey, PhD

As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Campaign, Kelly has nearly two decades of experience leading large nonprofit organizations.

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Brian Heider

Brian serves as our Philanthropy Officer, soliciting major individual gifts and sponsorships for the Campaigns initiatives, programs and projects.

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Charlie Veraza

Charlie Veraza serves as the Development Associate for the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

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Cliff Clusin

Cliff brings zen to all financial aspects of the Children’s Campaign as our Finance Director.

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Emily Battaglia

Emily is responsible for creating and editing material that works to advance the mission and policy priorities of the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

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Erin Miller

Erin leads the health policy work of the Colorado Children’s Campaign to improve health insurance coverage and quality for Colorado’s kids.

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Erica Manoatl

Erica supports our expert research and data analysis as our Manager of Research Initiatives.

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Hunter Nelson

Hunter works as a Policy Analyst at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, focusing in youth and family health.

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Katie Creedon

Katie builds and manages our It’s About Kids Network to ensure statewide support for policy changes on behalf of kids.

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Leslie Colwell

Leslie drives our efforts to improve education in Colorado as our Vice President of K-12 Education Initiatives.

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Laura Mangels

Laura researches the pandemic’s effects on the mental and behavioral health of Colorado’s kids and families as our Leading Edge Fellow.

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Lauren Hecht

Lauren serves as the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

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Melissa Mares

Melissa is the Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

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Megan Ives

Megan works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Children’s Campaign, focusing in youth success and family economic prosperity.

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Rob Sherow

Rob designs and prints our advocacy, research, development and policy materials as our Design Manager.

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Riley Kitts

Riley Kitts serves as the Government Affairs Director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign.

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Sarah Barnes

Sarah’s experiences as both a teacher and attorney drive her expert analysis as our Manager of Special Policy Initiatives.

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Sarah Hughes

Sarah, our Vice President of Research Initiatives, leads all our data and research analysis, including our signature KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report.

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