Tara McLain Manthey leads the Children’s Campaign’s development, advocacy, and communications efforts. In this role she manages teams advancing and supporting the Children’s Campaign’s work through digital and in-person outreach and philanthropy. She serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a Denver Public Schools charter school. A citizen of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, Tara serves on the editorial board of the Osage News and is co-founder and co-chair of the Colorado Osage Association. She serves on the board of Denver Indian Family Resource Center and is past chair of the national Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Steering Committee.
Before becoming a child advocate, Tara spent a decade as a newspaper reporter covering education and government. She holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and music from the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2020 will complete a Master of Legal Studies in Indigenous People’s Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Tara lives in Denver with her family and spends as much weekend time as possible in the Colorado mountain town where she grew up.
Things You May Not Know:Hometown: Silverthorne, Colorado
College: University of Colorado at Boulder
Major: Journalism and Music
Your Mom Always Said: Excellent!
Favorite Thing About Life In Colorado: Sunshine and Family
Best Job You've Ever Had: Mom
Dream Job: This one!
Best Thing About Working at Colorado Children's Campaign: Making Colorado a better place to be a kid.
Your Greatest Extravagance: Covered Parking
Most Likely To Be Found On A Slow Friday Afternoon: Headed to the mountains with my family.
Favorite Colorado Getaway: Silverthorne
Favorite Sports Team: Whichever Colorado team is in season.
Proudest Accomplishment: Surviving five winters in Oregon and five summers in Arkansas.
Night Owl or Early Bird: Both – I have two kids!
Thing You Can’t Live Without: Dark Chocolate
Favorite Book: Collected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay
Talent You Would Most Like To Have: To get small children to eat vegetables - with gusto.
Favorite Bumper Sticker: We are Crew, Not Passengers
Word Or Phrase You Most Overuse: Excellent!
Your Motto: Deliver your words not by number, but by weight.