Tara McLain Manthey leads the Children’s Campaign’s advocacy and communications efforts. In this role she manages all earned, owned and paid media activities. She also leads the Outreach Team, which coordinates our statewide It’s About Kids Network, advocacy trainings, strategic events, and digital advocacy–including the weekly e-newsletter, KidsFlash. She is past co-chair of the Children’s Campaign’s internal equity team, which is focused on infusing values of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our work.
Tara is past chair and member of the national Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Steering Committee. She currently serves as chair of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School, a Denver Public Schools charter school. She also serves as chair of the communications and messaging committee of the Colorado Health Equity Advocacy Cohort of The Colorado Trust. 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.
Prior to the Children’s Campaign, Tara worked in communications at The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in Aurora and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in Little Rock, Ark. Before becoming a child advocate, Tara was a newspaper reporter covering education and government for nine years in Oregon, Washington state and Arkansas. She holds degrees in journalism and music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Raised in the Colorado mountain region, Tara now lives in Denver with her family.
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.