Tara Trujillo
Trustee, Elected 2023

Tara Trujillo has worked in public service for nearly two decades, serving in a diverse range of positions at both the state and federal levels. Tara is the deputy executive director of Colorado’s Department of Public health and Environment. In her role, she manages the legislative, communications, and local public health and stakeholder engagement.  Tara got her start at CDPHE during a critical time as the state’s COVID-19 vaccine campaign manager, playing a crucial role in establishing Colorado as a leader in the west for vaccine acceptance.

Prior to joining the state of Colorado, Tara was the communications director at the Colorado House of Representative before working for Congressman John Salazar, serving Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and her hometown of Pueblo.  She then spent six years as communications director, outreach director and political strategist for Senator Mark Udall and then shifted gears to work in the non-profit sector, serving as director of state governmental relations for 5 states at Save the Children Action Network. She also served as the director of intergovernmental affairs and acting principal deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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