Who We Are
While Colleen briefly left Colorado to study and travel, her heart has always belonged to the Centennial State’s mountains and plains. Colleen grew up in Littleton and studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder, pursuing a degree in history and women’s studies. Following professional work in management consulting and a few years as a nonprofit director for a collegiate youth leadership development program, 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. After graduate school, Colleen served as the Western region director for the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office. Through this role, Colleen engaged with local communities and state and federal agency partners to expand access to home visitation in Texas, Washington, Oregon, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.
Colleen has worked at Caring for Colorado for 10 years and currently serves as chief strategy officer. In this role, she oversees strategies, initiatives, 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, mental health and deeply committed to ensuring children and families realize their right to a healthy life trajectory.
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.