Esperanza Ybarra


Director of Innovative & Best Practices

As Director of Innovative and Best Practices, Esperanza (“Espy”) works closely with Early Milestones staff, partners, and stakeholders to design, implement, and expand projects and initiatives so that every community can provide an equitable environment where children will flourish. Esperanza has over 25 years of experience with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Most recently, she served for ten years as CDPHE’s Director of the Health Services and Connections Branchoverseeing a 15-member team administering five public health programs with nearly $24 million annually in local grants.

Esperanza earned a B.S.W. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Outside of work, Esperanza enjoys time with family and friends, traveling, dining out, dancing, staying physically active, reading, movies, and home projects.