Executive Director, Climb Higher Colorado
Reilly Pharo Carter is the executive director of Climb Higher Colorado. Previously she served as vice president of education initiatives 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 first started working on education policy through Colorado’s landmark legislation in 2010—the Great Teachers and Leaders Act. More recently, she spent two years focusing on an effort spearheaded by the Colorado Children’s Campaign to rewrite the state’s School Finance Act and move Colorado to a student centered formula. Her work with the Children’s Campaign focused on strategies to support vulnerable children and reduce Colorado’s growing rate of child poverty.
Prior to her role as the Children’s Campaign’s vice president of education initiatives, she served as the organization’s government affairs director, leading the organization’s political efforts. In addition to her work at Climb Higher Colorado, Reilly serves on the Generation Schools Network’s Board of Directors. She joined the Board in 2013.
Reilly is a Colorado native. She grew up in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and attended Jefferson County Public Schools. She 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.