Elevating expectations for all kids

Our Team

Reilly Pharo Carter, A. M.

Reilly Pharo Carter, A. M.

Executive Director



Reilly Pharo Carter is Executive Director of Climb Higher Colorado (CHC). CHC is a statewide initiative that brings together parents, educators, advocacy organizations, business leaders and the community to improve education in Colorado so all students learn the essential skills and knowledge they need to succeed during and, most importantly, after school. 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.reilly@climbhighercolorado.org 303.919.7461

Brit Havey

Brit Havey

Outreach Director



Brit Havey is Outreach Director for Climb Higher Colorado and is passionate about elevating the voices of educators. Brit has been an advocate for students since college where she worked as Legislative Affairs Director for the University of Colorado Student Government to make higher education more affordable and accessible. In 2010, she joined Teach for America in New Orleans and taught sixth and second-grade. Teaching in NOLA, she observed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the effects of systemic poverty, and the incredible resilience of kids.

After moving back to the mountains, she contributed research and content to 50 seminars and four textbooks around student success and an iPad app aligned to Common Core math. She also continued to work with students by serving as a learning specialist for 15 students in the Denver area and teaching math for the Challenge Foundation’s summer program.

In addition to Brit’s role at CHC, she is also an America Achieves Lead Fellow and serves on the boards of Omar D. Blair Charter School and the Ghana Educational Collaborative.

Brit earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Journalism with an emphasis in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Teaching Certification in Middle School Mathematics from the Louisiana Practitioner Teacher Program.brittany@climbhighercolorado.org 708.670.2267

Yoni Dobie-Geffen

Yoni Dobie-Geffen

Director of Family Engagement and Academic Partnership



Yoni Dobie-Geffen is the Director of Family Engagement and Academic Partnership for Climb Higher Colorado (CHC), focusing on 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 began his professional career in education as a bilingual teacher and administrator for six years in both traditional and high-performing public charter schools across the Denver Metro area. While in the classroom, he began offering students the opportunity to explore the outdoors and develop leadership through experiential learning. Grounded in these experiences, Yoni launched Adventure Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to integrating outdoor education with academic support for low-income youth and served as the Executive Director of the program from 2013-2015.

​Though he grew up in Southern California, Yoni has lived in Denver for the last 10 years and is proud to call it home. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College and holds a Colorado Teaching License in Elementary Education from the Colorado Department of Education.