Who We Are
While Colleen briefly left Colorado to study and travel, her heart has always belonged to her native state. Colleen grew up in Littleton and studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder, pursuing a degree in history and women’s studies. Following work in consulting and nonprofit program management, Colleen decided it was time to dedicate herself to a career closer to her heart – working to improve the lives of women and children through policy work in health and education. She thought she’d do so as an attorney, but quickly identified other pathways to fight for social change and pursed a graduate degree in public affairs and policy at Princeton University.
Colleen has worked at Caring for Colorado for eight years and currently serves as chief strategy officer and vice president of philanthropy. In this role, she oversees strategies, grants and partnerships to support our purpose of improving equity in health, well-being and opportunity for Colorado’s children and families. She is passionate about reproductive health, women’s health, children’s health and development and the idea that children and families have the right to a healthy life trajectory. Before joining CFC, one of Colleen’s proudest accomplishments was expanding access to home visitation and the Nurse-Family Partnership model in Texas, Washington, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
Colleen spends as much time as possible in the woods, the water and the ski slopes of Colorado and New Hampshire. She loves her close-knit family, the friends she’s gathered and held close over the years, cooking, eating, laughing and reading.