Heather Tritten

Title: President and CEO

Heather Tritten is the President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Heather was previously the Executive Director of Parent Possible, where she grew the organization in order to strengthen home visiting services while launching new programming and supporting policy efforts that ensure every parent has the tools they need to prepare their child for school. Heather also tripled the organization’s budget between 2015 and 2023 and positioned the organization to be noticed by billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, who awarded the organization a $1 million grant in early 2023. Prior to serving as executive director at Parent Possible, Heather was the vice president of Quality Programs at Qualistar Colorado, and Head Start Collaboration Director in the Office of Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. She authored Governor Hickenlooper’s early literacy plan, Colorado Reads: the Early Literacy Initiative, and successfully advocated for legislation in Utah to increase rights for mobile home owners, put limits on payday lenders, and increase funding for a state housing trust fund. Heather has completed a Buell Early Childhood Fellowship. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from Grand Valley State University, and a M.A. in Administration, Leadership, and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. Heather is passionate about ending poverty in Colorado, and she believes that good public policy leads to healthy children, strong families, and thriving communities.

Things You May Not Know:

Hometown: Manistee, MI
College: Grand Valley State University (BS); University of Colorado Denver (MA)
Major: Sociology; Administration, Leadership & Policy Studies
Favorite Thing About Life In Colorado: Mountains – of course!
Favorite Denver Restaurant: El Taco Veloz (it’s actually in Westminster, but totally worth the drive!)
If You Were A Car, What Kind You Would Be: Subaru Outback
Biggest Pet Peeve: Loud talkers
Worst Job You’ve Ever Had: Catering server
Dream Job: CEO of Colorado Children’s Campaign!
Who You Idolize Most: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Your Greatest Extravagance: Dessert
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: Laying on my couch reading a book
Favorite Colorado Getaway: Snow Mountain Ranch
Favorite Sports Team: Northside Girls Lacrosse! Go Vikings!
Proudest Accomplishment: My children
Favorite News Personality: Kai Ryssdal – he really sounds like he loves his job
Night Owl or Early Bird: Early Bird
Thing You Can’t Live Without: My family
Favorite Book: The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah (or any other WWII book!)
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: To be able to speak a second language
Favorite Bumper Sticker: I have a s’more sticker on my car because I love s’mores