Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. She also co-chairs the organization’s internal Equity Team. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two crazy dogs.
Things You May Not Know:Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
College: Washington University in St. Louis, B.S.; University of Illinois, M.S.W.
Major: Undergraduate: Marketing & Political Science; Graduate: Master of Social Work – Specialization in Advocacy, Leadership & Social Change
Favorite Children's Book: Julie of the Wolves
Favorite Thing About Life in Colorado: The fact that you could live here your entire life and never get bored – there’s so much to do!
Biggest Pet Peeve: For some reason the sound of someone chewing ice drives me crazy…
Worst Job You’ve Ever Had: Working at a kiosk in the mall.
Best Job You've Ever Had: Camp counselor – I got to live in the mountains and hang out with amazing kids every day for three months!
Dream Job: Host of a travel show.
Best Thing About Working At CCC: The fact that I get to work with such smart, dedicated, and supportive people.
Your Greatest Extravagance: Coffee and iTunes Purchases
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: Squeezing in a quick hike or sitting on a patio somewhere with friends.
Favorite Colorado Getaway: Crested Butte or Nederland
Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals, all the way!
Proudest Accomplishment: Finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2007.
Favorite News Personality: Samantha Bee
Night Owl or Early Bird: Night Owl
Thing You Can’t Live Without: My dog, Ozzie, and my friends.
Favorite Book: "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: I would love to be able to dance, but I don’t think that’s in the cards.
Your Motto: Stolen from Conan O’Brien: “Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”