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Melissa Mares

Title: Early Childhood Policy Fellow

Melissa Mares is the Early Childhood Policy Fellow at the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports policy analysis, coalition development, community engagement and advocacy to advance the Children’s Campaign’s early childhood agenda. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, she taught kindergarten at a Spanish immersion school in Eugene, Oregon. She especially loved teaching and supporting the socio-emotional development of her students, trying to do her part to ensure that they could grow up with the necessary tools to become resilient self-advocates and good friends. Before teaching, she was a Constituent Services Advocate in the Denver office of Senator Mark Udall. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and her Master’s in Elementary Education from Stanford University. When not at work, you can find her playing soccer, running, in a yoga class or cooking something new.

Things You May Not Know:

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
College: Stanford University
Major: Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Graduate School: Stanford University (M. Ed)
Favorite Thing About Life In Colorado: The sunshine, being able to live near family
Favorite Denver Restaurant: Anywhere I can get good, spicy green chile
Best Job You've Ever Had: This one!
Dream Job: Judge on Top Chef or professional soccer player
Job You Wouldn't Do In A Million Years: Mountain climber or tightrope walker
Your Greatest Extravagance: Fancy cheese, fancy chocolate, fancy skin care products
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: At a yoga class or reading a book
Favorite Colorado Getaway: Anywhere I can camp in the summer
Favorite Sports Team: Colorado Rockies, US Women’s National Soccer Team
Proudest Accomplishment: Teaching kindergarteners friendship skills and watching them become better friends and better communicators
Night Owl or Early Bird: Neither, I like my sleep
Thing You Can’t Live Without: My husband, my dog, my family and friends
Favorite Book: The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: I’d love to be able to jump
Your Motto: From a poem by Marianne Williamson: “Your playing small does not serve the world.”