Help us welcome three new Campaigners!

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: May 13, 2022

As we wrap up the 2022 legislative session, we are so excited to welcome three new members to the Children’s Campaign team! Cristal Ibarra Lezama, Megan Ives, and Hunter Nelson all bring valuable perspectives, experiences and a meaningful dedication to Colorado kids and families. We are so thrilled to work alongside them and see how they will enrich our work both as an organization, and as a team. Learn a bit about Cristal, Megan, and Hunter below, and please join us in welcoming them! 

Cristal Ibarra Lezama, Executive Assistance/Office Manager 

As the Executive Assistant/Office Manager, Cristal takes on various administrative and office related aspects of our operations. Cristal has several years of administrative experience working in non-profits, hospitals, and law firms across the Denver area. She has worked at Boulder County LEAP, and as the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Social Work and Integrative and Creative Care Departments at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she helped thousands of families’ aid requests to access lodging, food, and transportation resources. As an AmeriCorps member with Mile High Youth Corps, she developed her passion for helping communities facing barriers to economic security. Click here to learn more about Cristal! 

Megan Ives, Senior Policy Analyst

Megan is our new Senior Policy Analyst, focusing on our youth success and family economic prosperity work. Previously, Megan worked in a multitude of organizing, legislative, and research roles centered around advancing justice through systems-change in the areas of immigrant rights, youth education, affordable housing, civil rights protections, and criminal justice. She served as an AmeriCorps member at Skinner Middle School in Denver, and was a Legislative Aide to Rep. Leslie Herod in 2020. During her time at the University of Colorado, Boulder, she captained the women’s ultimate frisbee team. Click here to learn more about Megan! 

Hunter Nelson, Policy Analyst 

As our new Policy Analyst, Hunter will support our policy staff, with a special focus on our health priorities. Hunter joins us from Child Advocates – Denver CASA, where she worked as the Volunteer and Data Specialist. She has also interned with the Bell Policy Center, worked with multiple organizations serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness across Metro Denver, and served as a research assistant while pursuing her Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. Click here to learn more about Hunter! 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit