In memory of Dr. Steve Berman, a Children’s Campaign founder, with gratitude

Written by: Kelly Causey
Date Posted: January 20, 2023

 A note from our CEO, Kelly Causey:  

I am saddened to share the news of Dr. Steve Berman’s passing on Jan. 17. Steve and his wife, Elaine, were two of the founders of the Children’s Campaign. They have remained a special part of our Children’s Campaign family. I know many of you share our sense of loss, and of gratitude, for Dr. Berman’s amazing life.

Steve was a renowned pediatrician and advocate. Co-founding this organization was just one of his many remarkable efforts to champion kids in Colorado and across the world. Among his many roles, he was the director of the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health; a past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and an Emeritus Endowed Chair in Academic General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Generations of pediatricians were influenced by his mentorship, including current board member Shale Wong. Shale says, “I consider him one of my most impactful mentors and one of the best people I’ve ever known. We will miss him dearly.” 

On a personal level, I was honored to know Steve. His kindness, intelligence, and unwavering commitment to helping children were extraordinary. I always looked forward to seeing him and Elaine for a glass of wine and so enjoyed our policy conversations.  

We at the Children’s Campaign are proud to continue carrying out our founders’ vision of being a voice for Colorado’s kids at the Capitol. The Children’s Campaign community sends its condolences to the Berman family.  

Kelly Causey

About Kelly Causey

Kelly, our President and CEO, has nearly two decades of experience leading large Colorado non-profit organizations. She has devoted more than 25 years working with children and youth, from one of her first jobs in residential treatment to more than two decades engaged with youth conservation corps, where she also helped to launch a charter school. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado at Denver, where she has also served as a sociology instructor. She has several publications related to child custody and stigma. She has served on the Corps Network National Board of Directors, the Colorado Workforce Development Council, and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships Commission. In her free time you’d likely spot her at a CU sporting event or catching a performance at the DCPA.