Our Team

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Reilly Pharo-Carter

President & CEO

Reilly brings over a decade of experience as a leader in Colorado's education policy landscape and has been involved in landmark legislation efforts at the state level. Previously she served as both the Vice President of Education Initiatives and Government Affairs Director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign where she led the organization’s education policy work, as well as served on the Children’s Campaign’s leadership team. Reilly serves as a founding board member with Aurora Community School, as a member on The Colorado Health Foundation's Policy Board and is a mentor through the Challenge Foundation. Reilly is a Colorado native and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

reilly@climbhighercolorado.org


Yoni Dobie-Geffen

Vice President

Yoni has worked in a wide range of roles throughout education - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a nonprofit leader, and as a manager within the state's largest school district. In his current role, he supports the CHC team internally as well as supporting CHC partners with the design and implementation of high-impact family engagement strategies. Prior to joining CHC, he served as a Manager on the Family Empowerment Team in the Office of Family and Community Engagement at Denver Public Schools, where he oversaw the second-largest home visit program in the country and coached school leaders and staff around best practice family engagement approaches.

yoni@climbhighercolorado.org 

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Rafael Reyes Orona

manager, operations and partnerships

Rafael is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity. During his time at Wesleyan, he focused his studies on the political, economic, and social history of North, Central, and South America and the implications that it has had and continues to have on current human relations, motivations, interactions, and politics. Born and raised in Denver, Rafael navigated both Denver Public Schools and private schools in Colorado and quickly became aware of the opportunity gap that existed between both realms.  This has impassioned him to work hard and make sure that every student in Colorado has all the resources, support, and education needed to succeed--race, ethnicity,economic class, zip-code, and opportunity notwithstanding.

rafael@climbhighercolorado.org 

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