Madeleine Ashour

Title: Director, Youth Success

Madi serves as the Campaign’s director in Youth Success. In this role, she leads the Campaign’s K-12 education and youth success portfolio, manages the School Climate Coalition, maintains relationships with key stakeholders and Colorado youth, and coordinates policy advocacy strategies. Before coming to the Children’s Campaign, Madi served as the legislative director in seven western states for the Foundation for Excellence in Education, as a government affairs associate with Education Commission of the States, and as a policy specialist with the National Conference of State Legislatures. Madi also serves as a companion volunteer at Judi’s House, a free grief counseling center for families based in Aurora. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Denver.

Things You May Not Know:

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
College: University of Denver
Major: Political Science
Favorite Children’s Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Sheil Silverstien
Favorite Thing About Life In Colorado: The endless, gorgeous camping options!
Favorite Denver Restaurant: Trattoria Stella on 32nd or The Cozy Cottage
If You Were A Car, What Kind You Would Be: I would rather be a spaceship
Best Job You've Ever Had: This one!
Dream Job: Whitewater raft guide
Best Thing About Working At The Children’s Campaign: All the passionate policy nerds!
Who You Idolize Most: Maya Angelou
Your Greatest Extravagance: Fancy brunch! You can’t call it brunch until you order three beverages and two entrées.
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: Walking with an audiobook, cleaning my house, or working on an oil painting.
Favorite Colorado Getaway: Mt. Princeton Hot Springs
Favorite Sports Team: Green Bay Packers
Proudest Accomplishment: Buying a house in this nutty market
Favorite News Personality: Kyle Clark
Night Owl or Early Bird: Neither – I am a house cat. I can sleep anytime, every time.
Thing You Can’t Live Without: Daily nature walks
Favorite Book: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: I would love to be able to sing!
Biggest Pet Peeve: Unwanted auto-formatting in Word
Word Or Phrase You Most Overuse: I’ll get to this tomorrow
Your Motto: Lift as you climb (Mary Church Terrell)