Living our Values Through Transition

Written by: Kelly Causey
Date Posted: September 11, 2020

Recently, a longtime, senior level staffer moved on from the Children’s Campaign to lead a nonprofit organization in our community. Although transitions such as this are bittersweet, they create opportunities for growth and the potential for new leaders to riseWith this opportunity, we started by looking within the organization and the abundant talent that’s been shining for years.  It is my great pleasure to announce the promotions of four current staff members at the Children’s Campaign. One of the promotions was advancement over the summer and three were in response to the recent transition. These four individuals are talented, competent and inspiring leaders, who have advanced our mission through policy, advocacy, fund development and in race equity.They are also women of color, entering leadership roles, in some cases, not previously held by women of color during the 35-year history of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Stephanie Perez-Carrillo has been promoted to Policy and Partnerships Manager, Angelique Smith to Development Director, Jacy Montoya Price to Advocacy Director, and Beza Taddess to Communications Director.  

These promotions reflect the immense dedication and hard work from each of these women toward making Colorado a better place for all kids. I am thrilled to work with them in these new roles. Please join me and all of us at the Colorado Children’s Campaign in congratulating Stephanie, Angelique, Jacy and Beza!  

Stephanie Perez-Carrillo: I’ve grown a lot in the last four years as an analyst for the Children’s Campaign. In this role I’ve learned that the strongest policies are those that are co-created with members of the community and individuals who are most impacted by that policy. My greatest hope for Colorado kids is that they become self-actualized, where they are seen for who they are, and where they are supported for who they want to become. As the Policy and Partnerships Manager I hope to skillfully reinforce my role of mediator, being a connector for people doing the work in communities with individuals and those groups influencing decisions at the Legislature that impact Colorado kids and families.  

Angelique Smith: During my time with the Colorado Children’s Campaign I have enjoyed getting to know policy advocacy from the depths of leading coalitions and building programs and spaces for advocacy skills building, to writing policy. This time coupled with my 20-year non-profit career in mostly development focused roles has set the stage for this time where I am excited to bring my passion and heart for this work to our current supporters.  While communicating our work in ways that highlight the dedicated and imperative work of our staff and community partners in creating systems that support every chance for every child to new supporters. Sustaining the work of making lasting improvements to the well-being of children and families in Colorado is a role I am proud to step into.  

Jacy Montoya Price: My passion and purpose in life are supporting parents, providers, and other emerging advocates to make their voices heard in the policymaking processes that impact them. During my time at the Children’s Campaign I’ve had the privilege of helping to train hundreds of advocates through our Speak Up for Kids Day at the Capitol and establishing a new coalition, Raise Colorado, that centers equity and the lived experiences of those typically left out of the policymaking process. As Advocacy Director, I’m excited to continue integrating advocacy and engagement into every aspect of the Campaign’s work, helping to boost the visibility and impact of the fantastic work done by our research and policy experts and helping to ensure that every child in Colorado has every chance to succeed. 

Beza Taddess: My life’s work is to show those who face the most barriers to success and well-being as complex human beings who deserve a full life. In my time at the Colorado children’s Campaign I have had the privilege and the great responsibility of doing just that through our communications work. Bridging the gap between those make policy and those who are most impacted through equity centered and digital forward communications is what I hope to bring to this new role. In addition, I plan to work with other like-minded child advocates in order to build a communication filed that is inclusive; and is on the cutting edge of technology to advance policies that ensure every Coloradan can thrive.    

Kelly Causey

About Kelly Causey

Kelly 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.